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Counselling and Interventions

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: PSY80115

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 8 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit provides an introduction to counselling psychology. Students receive instruction in counselling theory, process, and research, and facilitative and influencing communication skills. The assessments and online activities provide opportunities for students to apply counselling theory to the therapeutic process, including online therapy applications, and to demonstrate their skills in a video-recorded interview.

Major therapeutic approaches, including psychoanalytic, existential, person-centred, behavioural, cognitive, family and solution-focused therapy, will be reviewed as will the research and ethical issues involved in counselling.


  • Major therapeutic approaches to counselling: behavioural, cognitive, systemic, client-centred
  • Ethical and research issues
  • Counselling microskills and their application in different modalities
  • Understanding client diversity, and working with persons from different cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and
  • Torres Strait Islander persons.
  • Managing clients through treatment
  • Risk assessment and client crisis management