phe4rba rsch approach couns




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students learn to read the counselling literature with a critical eye. Students are required to review research-based literature in the counselling domain and to demonstrate a capacity to analyse research reports related to counselling theory and practice. Close attention is paid to research studies aimed at furthering knowledge of the effectiveness of various theoretical approaches and practices with particular client groups in specific settings. Students will be expected to demonstrate familiarity with selected quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and with their strengths and limitations when applied to specific fields of enquiry.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul O'Halloran

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 Only available to students enrolled in the Master of Counselling.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDoing counselling researchRecommendedMcLeod, J 20032ND EDN, SAGE, LONDON.
ReadingsEssential research findings in counselling and psychotherapy: the facts are friendlyRecommendedCooper, M 2008SAGE, LONDON.
ReadingsResearch methods in health: foundations for evidence-based practiceRecommendedLiamputtong, P 2010OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, SOUTH MELBOURNE.
ReadingsThe SAGE handbook of qualitative researchRecommendedDenzin, N & Lincoln, Y (eds) 20053RD EDN, SAGE, THOUSAND OAKS, CA.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. TBA


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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-ordinatorPaul O'Halloran

Class requirements

One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week and delivered via face-to-face.
"First first 11 weeks of semester."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 300-400 word assignment on methodological issues1501
one 70-minute class presentation (students will present in pairs)40
one individual 2,500-word research critique45