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PY4209 - Principles of Counselling

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will provide a systematic introduction to the theory and practice of counselling in a multicultural society. Students will explore mechanisms for engaging with issues related to culture and diversity when working with clients and evaluate the influence of personal beliefs and values on the counselling process. Students will engage with historical and contemporary theories and methods of counselling and reflect upon how these therapeutic perspectives may influence their (potential) counselling style and practice. Students will also consider legal and ethical issues relevant to the therapeutic setting.

Learning Outcomes

  • integrate knowledge, skills and reflective practice in counselling;
  • critically evaluate and apply philosophical and theoretical approaches to counselling for culturally diverse populations;
  • demonstrate a broad knowledge of theoretical approaches, techniques, legal and ethical issues relevant to the therapeutic setting.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Problem task - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Case study analysis (20%); Critical review of theoretical approaches to treatment (30%) - (50%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: must attempt and submit all assessment tasks; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties.


JCU Online, Study Period 83, External
Census Date 19-May-2022
Coord/Lect: Dr Christopher Papadopoulos.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 60 hours - 10 hours x 6 weeks online learning activities
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU

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