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PSS4712 - Principles of Counselling

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Catherine Haigh


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will help students to acquire relevant skills in Psychological Studies to complement the knowledge-based units that they have already completed. It will include consideration of the theoretical perspectives used as explanatory frameworks in the counselling arena, each of which will be explored in a seminar series. It will also involve an overview of the major contemporary approaches e.g., psychodynamic, humanistic, Psychological, cognitive-Psychological, that will be outlined and demonstrated to students. Students will be given an opportunity to apply counselling techniques in mock therapeutic sessions that will be video-taped and assessed.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. outline the major theoretical perspectives relevant to counselling practice;
  2. interview potential clients;
  3. assess client needs;
  4. apply counselling skills within the context of contemporary approaches;
  5. prepare and maintain case notes that effectively communicate relevant information.


Presentation (2000 words): 20%
Two video-taped counselling sessions (5000 words) 60%
Case notes (2000 words): 20%

Contact hours

Two hour seminar per week


Undergraduate degree with Psychological Studies, Psychology or related major