COUN5141 Counselling Theories

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One Trimester

Level: 500 (1st year)

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

Prerequisites: None

Mode(s) of Delivery: On-Campus and Blended 

Core/Elective: Core

Unit Description

This unit provides students with an understanding of the background and applications of key counselling modalities. Students learn to apply different theoretical models to practice, including case conceptualisation, trauma informed practice, alternative modes of working with clients (such as video conferencing and telephone), and multicultural counselling.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

a) Review, interpret, integrate, synthesise and apply an advanced range of theoretical models to counselling practice. 

b) Critically analyse, evaluate and ethically apply information to complete a range of activities related to different theoretical models. 

c) Competently apply and transmit advanced knowledge to effectively demonstrate sophisticated levels of self-reflexivity, autonomy and adaptability, with multicultural populations.

d) Demonstrate an advanced capacity to critically analyse, synthesise and communicate ideas at an advanced academic level, using contemporary communication approaches.

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:

Academic misconduct

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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.