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PSY3050 Counselling Psychology

Semester 2, 2013 On-campus Fraser Coast
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Psychology
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Patricia Beaumont
Moderator: Gavin Beccaria


Pre-requisite: PSY2020


This course introduces participants to a range of counselling and therapeutic models which guide intervention approaches in effecting behavioural, cognitive and affective change. In addition, participants will examine issues related to the professional practice of counselling.


This course is designed to introduce the student to the theory and issues involved in counselling. Various models of counselling and behaviour change that constitute the field of counselling psychology will be examined along with an introduction to the major theories and their related techniques and interventions. Students must be able to access USQStudyDesk for participation in discussion groups and for additional study materials.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical awareness of models of counselling and therapeutic change;
  2. demonstrate a basic understanding of the practice of counselling individuals;
  3. independently search, analyse, and synthesise the literature regarding counselling modalities. The student can recognise gaps in the literature and highlights the need for further development;
  4. demonstrate a basic understanding of the ethical principles and theories underlying the practice of counselling individuals.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Part 1: Basic Issues in Counselling Practice
1. Counselling and the counsellor
2. Ethical issues in counselling
3. Essential skills of counselling
2. Part 2: Theories and Techniques of Counselling.
4. Analytic Approaches: Psychoanalytic and Adlerian therapies
5. Existential & Relationship-oriented Approaches Existential, Person-centred and Gestalt Therapies
6. Behavioural and Reality Therapy
7. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
8. Systems perspectives: Feminist and Family Systems therapies
9. Postmodern Approaches
3. Part 3: Integration and application
10. An integrative perspective
11. Future trends of therapy

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Corey, G 2013, Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy, 9th edn, Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA.
    (Further resources packaged with this text include: Counseling CourseMate for Corey’s Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy.)
  • Neukrug, E 2008, Theories in action: counseling, DVD, Brooks/Cole, CA.
  • SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS: Students need regular access to a computer with on-line access.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • American psychologist.
  • Brammer, LM 2003, The helping relationship - process and skills, 8th edn, Allyn & Bacon, Boston.
  • Brammer, LM, Skostrom, EL & Abrego, P 1989, Therapeutic psychology: fundamentals of counselling and psychotherapy, 5th edn, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs.
  • Carter, RT (Ed) 2005, Handbook of racial-cultural psychology and counseling, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
    (Electronic Resource/Ebook accessible through USQ's Ebrary. Volume 2: Training and practice.)
  • Corsini, R.J. & Wedding, D 2008, Current psychotherapies, 8th edn, Brooks/Cole-Thomson, Belmont, CA.
  • Counselling psychology quarterly.
  • Egan, G 2010, The skilled helper: a problem management and opportunity development approach to helping, 9th edn, Brooks/Cole, Belmont, Calif.
  • Geldard, D 2009, Basic personal counseling: a training manual for counsellor, 6th edn, Pearson Education Australia, French's Forest, NSW.
  • Gielen, UP, Fish, JM & Draguns, JG 2004, Handbook of culture, therapy and healing, Erlbaum, New Jersey.
  • Journal of consulting and clinical psychology.
  • Journal of counselling psychology.
  • Koocher, GP, Norcross, JC, & Hill, SS 2005, Psychologists' Desk Reference, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, NY.
    (Available online via the USQ Library's eBrary Database.).)
  • Nelson Jones, R 1997, Lifeskills helping: a textbook of practical counselling and helping skills, 4th edn, Cassell, Sydney.
  • Ohlsen, M, Horne, A & Lawe, C 1988, Group counseling, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York.
  • Pedersen, P 1987, Handbook of cross-cultural counselling and therapy, Praeger, New York.
  • Prochaska, J.O., & Norcross, J. C 2010, Systems of psychotherapy: A transtheoretical analysis, 7th edn, Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA.
  • Sue, DW & Sue, D 2003, Counselling the culturally diverse: theory and practice, 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
  • Todd, J & Bohart, AC 2006, Foundations of clinical and counseling psychology, 4th edn, Waveland Press, Long Grove, Ill.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assignments 55.00
Computer Managed Assessment 2.00
Directed Study 20.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 47.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
500-700 ETHICAL&REFLECT REVIEW 15 15 12 Aug 2013
CMA 1 20 5 30 Aug 2013
CMA 2 20 5 13 Sep 2013
CMA 3 20 5 20 Sep 2013
1500 WORD ESSAY 40 40 07 Oct 2013
2HR RESTRICTED EXAM (M/C) 60 30 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. The End of Semester Examination for this course will be a 2 hour exam, consisting of 60 multiple-choice questions.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to participate actively in all classes or recordings scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To be assured of a pass in this course, students must attempt all pieces of assessment and must achieve an overall mark of at least 50%.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks available may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course. Note that the Conceded Pass is not available in this course due to APAC accreditation standard 2.1.9.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination); Students whose first language is not English may, take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until the appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner.

  3. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. The Faculty Examiner will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media and/or electronically submitted

  5. Students who do not have regular access to internet services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements.

  6. The Examiner will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  7. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect and USQStudyDesk for this course. Some of the assessment items must be submitted electronically.

  8. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.