Counselling Theory and Skills

PSY60007 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.


Admission to:: Admission to MA-PSYCLP Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) OR Admission to DR-PHICP Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)
Equivalent PSY80081 Counselling Theory and Skills v1



Aims and objectives

This unit provides knowledge and skill-training that form the foundation of an evidence-based approach to counselling/psychotherapy. It develops the students’ understanding of key theories and concepts in the provision of counselling, and of high levels of counselling and core intervention skills. Specific objectives are to provide students with theory and applied training in counselling skills, case conceptualisation and time limited interventions, so that they can work effectively with clients in counselling settings.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Critically assess and synthesise complex information, in order to facilitate a client centred interview while applying advanced counselling micro skills
2. Integrate advanced counselling skills to elicit a description of client’s concerns
3. Effectively communicate and apply appropriate treatment decisions based on clinical evidence
4. Apply a high level of knowledge and skills including the integration of client information and established theories, to produce a provisional case formulation and treatment plan