psy6dsa individual couns psych a



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to the interpersonal process approaches in the conduct of psychotherapy and counselling. Through the framework provided by interpersonal approaches students will gain knowledge of the core elements involved in working effectively as professional counselling psychologists and will begin to apply this knowledge in simulated practice sessions. These elements (which include but are not limited to: establishing a working alliance; honouring the client's resistance; rolling with resistance; working with ambivalence; responding to painful client feelings) will be introduced through theory, and through demonstration and practice (eg role plays; viewing audio-visual demonstrations; video and audio recording of student practice sessions). In addition, this subject is grounded in the research literature on psychotherapy outcomes and a conceptualising of the problems and dilemmas of (modern) living in the 21st century.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeoff Denham

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 6 - Doctoral

Exchange StudentsYes

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Special conditions This subject is available to Doctor of Counselling Psychology students only and will run subject to sufficient enrolment numbers. It is offered alternate years.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInterpersonal process in therapy: An integrative modelPrescribedTeyber, E & McClure, F 2010THOMSON BROOKS/COLE, BELMONT CA
ReadingsThe basics of psychotherapy: An introduction to therapy and practicePrescribedWampold, B 2010AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, WASHINGTON DC

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