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PSYC13-306: Introduction to Counselling Psychology


This subject gives an introduction to the process, activities, theories and practice of counselling psychology in a multi-cultural society. The emphasis is on gaining a clear understanding of the major therapies of psychotherapy and counselling, and an understanding of how theory and research guides counselling practice. This subject is designed to enhance understanding of the counselling process, skills and knowledge to initiate and establish client relationships based upon the micro-skills approach.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2018 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2019 [Standard Offering]
Study abroadAvailable to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in counselling psychology.
2. Describe, apply and evaluate the different research methods used by psychologists.
3. Apply knowledge of the scientific method in thinking about problems related to behaviour and mental processes.
4. Evaluate psychologists, behaviour in psychological research and other professional contexts in relation to the APS, Code of Ethics, and the complimentary, Ethical Guidelines.
5. Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and in a variety of contexts.
6. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal and social issues.


Recommended Pre/Co-requisites: PSYC11-100 or PSYC11-101

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2018
Semester start14/05/2018
Subject start14/05/2018
Cancellation 1?28/05/2018
Cancellation 2?04/06/2018
Last enrolment27/05/2018
Last withdrawal?08/06/2018
Teaching census?08/06/2018