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EDF6501 - Counselling psychology: theory, research and practice

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr J Simmonds


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


In this unit, core research-based psychological counselling skills and therapeutic approaches are addressed, evaluated and practised. Topics include models of helping, advanced skills, issues in evaluating evidence and outcome, assumptions and issues underlying research paradigms, diversity-sensitive counselling.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and application of the relevant psychological counselling microskills and be able to integrate them to conduct sessions; be able to describe and apply sound practice principles concerning the therapeutic relationship setting, and interventions, and be able to critically discuss and apply the research concerning the scientific evaluation of various psychotherapies.


Evaluation of research on counselling a specific population or issue (2000 words, 15 minutes): 25%
transcript and annotation of an initial counselling session (equivalent to 3500 words): 35%
clinical development journal (equivalent to 4000 words): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours per week

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

Off-campus students must attend a one (1) week Residential school


Successful completion of an Australian Psychological Society (APS) accredited four year sequence in psychology