Introduction to Couple Counselling

PSC60003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • 1 Semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • 24 hours





Aims and objectives

The aim of this unit of study is to provide students with an overview of couple counselling. They will be provided with a clear picture of how couple counselling is different from working with individual clients. The ethical issues specific to working with couples will be addressed. Two evidence-based models of couple counselling will be presented: The Gottman Model, and Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy.
Learning Objectives:
After successfully completing this Unit of Study, students should have:
1). A general understanding of couple counselling, including core principles and techniques.
2). An understanding of how couple counselling differs to working with individual clients.
3). An understanding of key ethical issues relevant to working with couples.
4). An understanding of two evidence-based models for working with couples: The Gottman model and Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy.
5). An understanding of how to apply the principles and techniques of the two evidence-based models to working with couples.
6). Critically evaluate the couple counselling literature.

Courses with unit

This unit will not be offered after 2017