phe4ctb counselling theory b




Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject looks at the therapist/client relationship in a broader perspective. Modern and postmodern theoretical approaches will be considered. The literature around common factors in successful therapy will also be introduced. This subject has three main streams: the ongoing study and contextual application of counselling microskills, an exploration of the links between various theories of counselling, and the facilitation of an awareness of the centrality of the therapeutic relationship. The idea of the 'self as counsellor' will also be explored. The importance of self-care will be emphasised.

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 pass PHE4CTA.


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 major modern and postmodern approaches to counselling practice

workshop, enquiry-based learning

02. To develop profiency in foundational counselling skills

workshop, enquiry-based learning

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKathleen Gregory

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 42
One 4.0 hours lecture per week from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
"For first 11 weeks of Semester (i.e Week 31-42)."

LectureWeek: 43 - 43
One 8.0 hours lecture per study period from week 43 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
2 x counselling tapes, transcripts & review6001
one 2,000-word essay Hurdle requirement: 4 x 300 word reading reflections4002