Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • Appraise a range of different theoretical counselling approaches;
  • Compare and contrast the different approaches and their application to counselling;
  • Explain how research and ethical issues inform both theory and practice in counselling;
  • Reflect on and write critically about how research, process and theory are intertwined.
    • 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
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Print materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject 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:

SWI-PSY10003-Psychology 100 , or SWI-PSS110
SWI-STA10003-Foundations of Statistics , or SWI-STA102
SWI-PSY10004-Psychology 101 , or SWI-PSS120


Please note: this subject was previously known as PSY20001 Introduction to Theories of Counselling

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    Students are required to use MindTap software for this unit. This is available, along with the associated e-text directly through the Cengage website:

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.

  • Essay (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Journal — Reflective (20%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate SWI-BBS-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Behavioural Studies

  • Major in Psychological Studies
  • Co-major in Sociology

undergraduate SWI-BBP-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

  • Major in Psychology
  • Co-Major in Sociology