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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Major therapeutic approaches to counselling
    • Psychoanalytic
    • Existential
    • Person-centred
    • Behavioural
    • Cognitive behaviour
    • Family
    • Solution-focused
    • Ethical and research issues
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Print Materials
      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials

Student who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Appraise a range of different theoretical counselling approaches
  2. Compare and contrast the different approaches and their application to counselling
  3. Explain how research and ethical issues inform both theory and practice in counselling
  4. Reflect on and write critically about how research, process and theory are intertwined.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Journal — Reflective (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SWI-PSS270

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject provides a theoretical introduction to counselling psychology. In the profession of counselling, theory, process and research are intertwined. The subject content, readings and online activities will give students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the application of counselling theory to the therapeutic process. Major therapeutic approaches will be covered including psychoanalytic, existential, person-centred, behavioural, cognitive, family and solution-focused therapy, as well as coverage of the research and ethical issues involved in counselling.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the subject.

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