Course Outline

COU101 Theories of Counselling: From Freud to Integrative Practice

Course Coordinator:Andrea Snow ( School:School of Law and Society

2022Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This foundational course introduces an overview of the development of the major psychotherapeutic theories available to contemporary counsellors. Each major theoretical approach is examined in terms of its concepts and applications to counselling. For each approach the historical context, theoretical basis, basic concepts of human development, the therapeutic process, and its research directions will be introduced. Case studies will be analysed to facilitate application of theory to practice.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – One hour-long engagement including formative quizzes, podcasts/webinars, screen casts, interviews, simulations, videos and recorded discussions. 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial- 2 hours to encourage the application of skills and knowledge introduced in the online learning materials for the week, via class activities. 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – Online all cohort webinar designed to provide uniform information regarding assessments and provide student Q&A opportunities. 2hrs Week 2 3 times

Course Topics

Psychoanalytical therapy

Adlerian therapy

Existential therapy

Person-Centred therapy

Gestalt therapy

Behavioural therapy

Cognitive therapy

Feminist therapy

Solution & Narrative therapy

Integrative & Pluralistic therapy

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Apply your knowledge of theory to a particular case study. Knowledgeable
2 Distinguish between analytic, affective, behavioural and cognitive theories and systems, and demonstrate an understanding of the historical context and theory of human development. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 ​Engage with the process of self-reflection and know which of your own values supports or hinders the process of counselling. Empowered
4 ​Articulate an awareness of the ethical and cultural basis of the studied theories and the implications for counselling diverse populations. Creative and critical thinker
5 Demonstrate effective communication through written reports and oral presentations, complying with accepted APA 7th ed. guidelines. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Reflection and review of all content is encouraged in weekly interactive tutorials, and feedback will be given in class as well as in response to non-graded online quizzes via Canvas learning modules.

 Timely and detailed feedback is provided for each assessment. Feedback is provided both within text and general comments to build scholarly skills. Students are able to seek feedback through face-to-face discussion with the course coordinator. Tutorials will include extended discussion and review of the assessment task requirements and 'drop-in' zoom information sessions will be made available closer to the assessment due dates.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Case Study Individual 35%
1500 words
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Essay Individual 35%
2000 words
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 30%
60 questions
Exam Period Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Theoretical Case Study
To demonstrate critical understanding of a theoretical approach to counselling and its application to a case study.
Product: Case Study
You will produce a fully referenced essay demonstrating your understanding of a particular chosen therapeutic approach, through application of the theory and methods to a particular case study. You will select from approaches studied in this course during weeks 2 to 6. This critical analysis will follow essay conventions including APA7 referencing and format. See Canvas for details.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Description of the theoretical origins of the approach outlining key concepts, techniques, and related terminology.
1 2 4
Demonstration of understanding a particular chosen therapeutic approach as applied to a case study
1 2 4
Application of relevant theory and methods is used appropriately with the case study.
1 2 4
Reflect on the skills and techniques of the chosen therapeutic approach considering the role of personal values on the therapeutic relationship.
1 3
Clarity of written expression: appropriate academic writing style
1 5
All - Assessment Task 2:Reflective Essay
To develop critical and reflective thinking on activities and material presented in Weeks 2-11 of lectures and tutorials, and to acquire self-awareness and personal growth necessary for the counselling professional.
Product: Essay
You will provide an individual summary of your weekly reflections from Weeks 2 - 11. The reflective essay should be written in the first person and will follow essay conventions including APA7 referencing and format. See Canvas for details.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
content that is relevant, analytical and reflective, providing evidence of personal learning
2 3 4
clear links between counselling theory, research and potential client outcomes
2 3
quality of expression and accurate APA6 format and referencing style
1 5
All - Assessment Task 3:Online Test
To demonstrate knowledge of the major theories and techniques of counselling.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
Individual, open book exam 60 questions worth 1/2 mark each, covering content from weeks 2-13.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Correctness and accuracy of answers
2 4
Demonstration of understanding of counselling theories
2 4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.


Period and Topic Activities
Week 1
The Counsellor-Person & Professional
Week 2
Psychoanalytical therapy
Week 3
Adlerian therapy
Week 4
Existential therapy
Week 6
Gestalt therapy
Week 5
Person-centred therapy
Week 7
Behavioural therapy
Week 8
Cognitive therapy
Week 9
Feminist therapy
Week 10
Solution focused therapy
Week 11
Narrative therapy
Week 12
Integrative & Pluralistic therapy
Week 13

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Gerald Corey 2015 Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy 10th Nelson Education

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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