Couple Counselling Practice and Application

PSC70023 12.5 Credit Points External Venue, Hawthorn


  • One Semester

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

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23


PSC60001 - Foundations of Counselling AND PSC70008 - Advanced Counselling
PSC60002 - Foundations of Counselling 2 AND PSC60004 - Ethics and Cultural Diversity for Counsellors
PSC60003 - Introduction to Couple Counselling

Aims and objectives

This unit prepares couple counsellors to develop an increased understanding of their personal values, biases and histories that impact their role as a therapist. Students will learn effective methods to ensure that this personal understanding does not negatively impact on the therapeutic alliance and decision-making within the scope of situations that may arise in couple counselling practice.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1). Identify and critically evaluate personal values, biases and histories that shape a couple counsellor’s practice.
2). Demonstrate the skills required for reflective and empathic practices in their work with couples.
3). Demonstrate the ability to maintain a working alliance with a couple through symmetrical rapport.
4). Demonstrate the use of effective approaches for maintaining a therapeutic alliance within couple therapy, particularly in situations involving complex issues (e.g., family violence).

Courses with unit

Master of Counselling