COUN671-21W (C) Whole Year 2021

Counselling and Psychology: Theories and Skills

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 August 2021


Studies of counselling and psychological theories and their implications for practice. Practice in the skills of an intentional interviewing model of helping.

This course provides the opportunity to study counselling and psychological theories and their implications for practice, along with practice in the skills of an intentional interviewing model of therapy.

In this course, you will be introduced to a range of theories and knowledge associated with counselling and psychology, and encouraged to consider the personal and professional role of a therapist. This will include an introduction to some of the legal and ethical contexts of therapy work and you will be provided with an opportunity to examine your own personal values, your own culture and your beliefs. You will be encouraged to reflect on how these beliefs and values shape your relationship to the theory and practice of psychology and counselling with diverse clients. You will also be introduced to multi-cultural perspectives and kaupapa Māori models of wellbeing as an introduction to therapeutic work within a bicultural context. This will set the context for learning a range of foundational therapeutic skills. Each of you will be expected to engage in course exercises and be able to demonstrate an understanding and effective use of specific skills, and describe both the rationale for and the impact of, their use in controlled, role-played situations.  

Psychologists, counsellors and therapists need to be able to provide a rationale for what they do. In this course, you will have the opportunity of evaluating, comparing and contrasting several major theories of counselling and psychotherapy. This part of the course is designed to provide you with a theoretical framework to assist you in the process of beginning to build and articulate your own personal position on counselling and therapy.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Understand and articulate key issues relevant to the practice of counselling and psychology.
  • Use basic counselling skills to conduct an effective therapeutic interview in the context of their developing understanding of theory.
  • Develop and articulate an integrated understanding of several major theories of counselling and psychological interventions that are informed by their examination of their own values and beliefs.
  • Begin to understand the impact of values, beliefs and culture on the therapeutic process after acquiring a foundational knowledge of working safely and competently with cultural and bicultural awareness.


CFPY604, EDUC461, EDEM664, HLTH481

Course Coordinator

Mairin Taylor


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Skills Assignment Part A (On-line Skills test) 15% Available from May 17-24
Integrative Theory Assignment (a) 20 Jul 2021 5% In class participation/presentation
Integrative Theory Assignment (b) 09 Aug 2021 40% Written assignment
Skills Assignment Part B (Skills Video & analysis) 13 Sep 2021 40%

As this course is compulsory for those preparing to apply for Masters programmes in Counselling or Child and Family Psychology a high degree of professionalism is expected of all students.  Students are expected to attend all scheduled class sessions and are required to complete all assessment tasks.  

There are three pieces of work that make up the final grade.  All three must be completed. Each will be assessed using a letter grade.


Subject to approval of Head of School.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,905.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All COUN671 Occurrences

  • COUN671-21W (C) Whole Year 2021