PUB HLTH 2009 - Introduction to Counselling Theory and Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This course provides an introduction to counselling and psychotherapy theory. It will examine current notions of mental illness and well-being, considering how our understanding of those meeting diagnostic criteria as detailed within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM-5) can be enriched through awareness of counselling and psychotherapeutic theory and principles of person-centred care. The course is divided into three modules, each with a different theoretical focus, but all including opportunity for practical learning of person-centred interpersonal communication, building upon student?s own life experiences. The first module draws out theoretical perspectives on mental health and illness, through application of different models (e.g., Recovery, Medical, Biopsychosocial models), and critical examination of the DSM-5. The second introduces influential theories that have shaped contemporary understandings of working therapeutically to promote mental health and well-being. A third module focuses on elements of effective communication with those seeking support to manage current life stressors, drawing upon person-centred counselling practice.

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