Couple Counselling Theory

PSC70007 12.5 Credit Points External Venue, Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

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


50 Credit Points in:
GD-COU Graduate Diploma of Counselling
MA-COU Master of Counselling

Aims and objectives

This unit builds on the curriculum provided in Introduction to Couple Counselling (PSC60003). An advanced understanding of different theoretical frameworks and their application to working with couples is provided. Emphasis is given to integrating the theory with the clinical work through shared clinical experience.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Apply advanced and specialised knowledge of the major theories and methods that are applied to couple counselling, including psychodynamic couple therapy, object relations theory, attachment theory and systems theory
2. Identify and evaluate at an advanced level how the core theoretical concepts are applied to clinical work with couples
3. Compare and contrast the different theoretical models and approaches as applied to couple therapy, and critically evaluate their relative effectiveness when working with couples in a clinical context
4. Critically reflect on how the theoretical knowledge relevant to couple counselling influences personal and professional growth as a couple counsellor

Courses with unit

Master of Counselling