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CDS3004 Counselling Theory and Practice 2

Semester 1, 2022 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Nathan Beel


Pre-requisite: CDS1002
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: CDS3002


Counsellors need to have approaches that fit for their clients and also the agency and context with which they work. This course teaches students to understand and practice two different counselling models, that can be applied in a wide range of settings and a broad cross-section of clients, while still respecting agency and client preferences.

This course builds on Counselling Skills CDS1002 by training the students in two contemporary and popular models of counselling that have high flexibility and applicability. Students will learn a collaborative competency based approach (Solution oriented/Narrative therapy) and Motivational Interviewing. Both approaches are particularly well suited to the orientation of being client directed in counselling. Solution Oriented therapy emphasises a postmodern way of working with clients, and the Motivational Interviewing approach leans towards modernism and enables students to comfortably work in both contextual and medical model frameworks.

This course contains a mandatory residential school and mandatory online tutorials.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. develop a theoretical understanding of a collaborative competency based counselling approach;
  2. develop a theoretical understanding of Motivational Interviewing;
  3. demonstrate self-awareness, openness to learn, and the ability to receive and implement feedback;
  4. demonstrate ability to observe, identify, and critically evaluate basic counselling skills;
  5. demonstrate ability to understand and demonstrate ethical and therapeutic values in interviewing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to post modern therapies 10.00
2. Theoretical foundations of post modern therapies 20.00
3. Collaborative competency-based skills and processes 20.00
4. Introduction to Motivational Interviewing 10.00
5. Theoretical foundations of Motivational Interviewing 20.00
6. Motivational Interviewing skills and processes 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

De Jong, P & Berg, IK 2013, Interviewing for solutions, 4th edn, Thompson Brooks/Cole, CA.
Rosengren, DB 2018, Building Motivational Interviewing skills: A practitioner workbook, 2nd edn, The Guilford Press, New York.
(This is available as an eBook from the library.)

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz A1 of 6 No 2 1
Assignments Written Quiz A2 of 6 No 2 1
Assignments Written Quiz A3 of 6 No 2 1
Assignments Written Essay No 35 1,2
Assignments Written Quiz A4 of 6 No 3 1,2
Assignments Written Quiz A5 of 6 No 3 2
Assignments Practical Demonstration No 50 1,2,3,4,5
Assignments Practical Practical No
Assignments Written Quiz A6 of 6 No 3 2
Date printed 30 June 2022