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COUN5201 Counselling Skills and Models

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One Trimester

Level: 2nd year

Credit Points: 8 (out of a total of 96 points)

Prerequisites: 6 Year 1 units must be completed

Mode(s) of Delivery: On-Campus; Blended Online

Core/Elective: Core

Unit Description

This unit follows on from Counselling Practice COUN5131 and Counselling Theories COUN5141 and examines new developments in theory and the counselling skills associated with them. The historical development of theories will be reviewed and contextualised providing a framework for theory integration. The unit provides a strong emphasis on postmodern and systems theory as well as the study of third wave, transpersonal and integrative theory and practice. In addition to developing the student’s theoretical knowledge, this unit also extends their range of skills for working with the therapeutic relationship.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  • Describe elements of relational and postmodern counselling modalities, and their historical development
  • Explain the framework and models of self and change that inform relational and postmodern counselling modalities
  • Identify and apply the skills used in relational and postmodern counselling modalities
  • Evaluate the benefits and limits of relational and postmodern counselling modalities
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to gendered power relations and cultural diversity in the counselling relationship

Unit Workload

The workload for this unit is 12 hours per week.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the Discipline of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

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Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.