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Advanced Counselling Theories

2014 unit code: PSC80010 (formerly HAYS510)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points25 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours84 hours


Related course(s)

A unit of study in the Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling).

Aims and objectives

This unit provides an introduction to the advanced counselling theories associated with counselling. A particular emphasis relates to learning and demonstrating advanced counselling interventions including the application and differentiation of various counselling perspectives.
Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this unit, students should be able to:
* Demonstrate understanding of basic research design and practice
* Demonstrate understanding and ability to apply psychotherapeutic and psychological theories in a therapeutic process
* Demonstrate understanding of the three core three theoretical frameworks of counselling (Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Cognitive
* Demonstrate understanding of clinical issues related to the three perspectives
* Demonstrate ability to critique the three schools, and illustrate the usefulness and limitations of each respective school
* Demonstrate understanding of the possibilities of integration amongst the different schools of counselling

Teaching methods

This unit is taught using lectures, case presentations, video tapes, role-plays and class participation.


A graded unit consisting of:
* Three theory essays (1000-1500 words each) (60%)
* An Integrative assignment (2500-2800 words) (30%)
* Active participation in classes (10%)

Generic skills outcomes

The graduate attributes associated with this unit of study are as follows:


 * are capable in their chosen professional areas.

 * operate effectively in work and community.

 * are adaptable and manage change.

 * are aware of environments.





This unit focuses on three major schools of thought that underlie counselling practice (Psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive behavioural). The approaches of different key theorists within these schools are discussed including Freud, Bowlby, Rogers, Ellis, Meichenbaum, and Beck. The emphasis is on an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each approach within a cross-cultural context. In addition the subject will examine approaches toward therapeutic integration in contemporary counselling practice.

Reading materials

Brown, D., Pedder, J. & Bateman, A., Introduction to Psychotherapy: An Outline of Psychodynamic Principles and Practice (3rd Edition), Routledge, U.K, 2000.
De Jong, P., & Berg, I. K., Interviewing for Solutions (2nd edition), Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, CA, 2002.
Egan, G, The Skilled Helper: A Problem Management and Development Opportunity Approach to Helping (9th edition) Brooks/Cole    Pacific Grove California, 2010.
Goulding, M.M, & Goulding, R.L., Changing Lives Through Redecision Therapy, Grove Press, U.S.A, 1979.
Gurman, A.S. & Messer, S.B. (Eds.). Essential Psychotherapies: Theory and Practice (2nd edition). Guilford Press; New York, 2003.
Hackney, H, Practice Issues for the Beginning Counselor, Allyn and Bacon: New York, 2000.
Hackney, H., & Cormier, L.S. The Professional Counselor. A Process Guide to Helping (6th edition), Allyn & Bacon, Sydney, 2009.
Koocher, G.P., Norcross, J.C. & Hill, S.S., Psychologists’ Desk Reference, OUP, NY, 1998.
Nathan, P.E. & J.M. Gorman, A Guide to Treatments that Work (2nd edition). Oxford University Press: New York. 2002.
Mahoney, M.J, Constructive Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide, New York: Guilford, 2002.
Ryle, A. (ed.) Cognitive Analytic Therapy: Developments in Theory and Practice. Chichester: Wiley 2004.
Salkovskis, P. M. (ed.) (1996) Frontiers of Cognitive Therapy. Guilford Press: New York 1996.
Teyber, E., Interpersonal Process in Psychotherapy (4th edition), Brooks/Cole, Belmont,CA, 2000.