COUN5811 Narrative Therapy

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One Trimester

Level: 500 (2nd year)

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

Prerequisites: COUN5131 Counselling Practice and COUN5141 Counselling Theories

Mode(s) of Delivery: Blended Online

Core/Elective: Elective

Unit Description

Drawing on post-structural theories, narrative therapy is a postmodern therapy developed by Australian and New Zealand therapists. Students learn to apply the skills of narrative therapy to counselling practice, and identify the strengths and limitations of this modality. Critical thinking skills are developed through analysis of academic journal articles, and critical evaluation of the strength of the evidence base for narrative therapy.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

a) Apply the skills of narrative therapy to counselling practice

b) Identify the strengths and limitations of narrative therapy

c) Critically discuss ethical aspects of applying narrative therapy to practice

d) Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a selected topic in narrative therapy

e) Critically analyse the evidence base for narrative therapy theory and practice

f)  Demonstrate skills in searching electronic databases and critically analysing published research studies

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:

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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.