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Introduction to Theories of Counselling

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: PSY20001

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

The aim of this unit is to provide a theoretical introduction to counselling psychology. In the profession of counselling, theory, process and research are intertwined. The unit 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 behaviour, family and solution-focused therapy, as well as coverage of the research and ethical issues involved in counselling.


After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  • Appraise the eleven different theoretical counselling approaches
  • Identify and evaluate the different approaches and their application to counselling
  • Demonstrate understanding of research and ethical issues and how they inform both theory and practice in counselling
  • Reflect on and write critically about how the research, process and theory are intertwined.

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