phe4cta counselling theory a




Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject aims to introduce counselling theory based around the person-centred model developed by Carl Rogers. Alongside a solid grounding in Rogers' work and ideas, this subject will also look at other important therapeutic theories such as psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, existential, process experiential and narrative therapies. This subject focuses on the practical exploration of the roles of client, counsellor and observer, via the study and contextual application of counselling microskills, an exploration of the links between theory and practice and facilitation of an awareness of the centrality of the therapeutic relationship. The idea of the 'self as counsellor' will also be explored via the concept of reflective practice. The importance of self-care will be emphasised throughout this subject.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorKathleen Gregory

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMCOUN - Master of Counselling.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Counselling.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAn introduction to counsellingPrescribedMcLeod, J 20094TH EDN, OUP, BUCKINGHAM.
ReadingsHelping skills: facilitating exploration, insight and actionPrescribedHill, C 20093RD EDN, AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, WASHINGTON DC.
ReadingsCurrent psychotherapiesRecommendedCorsini, R & Wedding, D (eds) 20057TH EDN, F.E. PEACOCK, ITASCA.
ReadingsLove's executioner and other tales from psychotherapyRecommendedYalom, I 1989PENGUIN, LONDON.
ReadingsPerson-centred counselling in actionRecommendedMearns, D & Thorne, B 1988SAGE, LONDON.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. To develop critical knowledge of some of the major modern and postmodern theories of counselling

workshop, enquiry-based learning

02. To develop proficiency in foundational counselling skills

workshop, enquiry based learning

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKathleen Gregory

Class requirements

One 4.5 hours lecture/practical per week and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 2,000-word essay Plus Hurdle requirements:4 x 300 word reading reflections:Hurdle Requirement: 4 x 300 word reading reflections4001
one counselling tape, transcript and review Hurdle Requirement: 2 x counselling tape with analysisHurdle requirement: 2 xcounselling tapes with 300-500 word analysis6002