Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Theories & Systems in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Course Code COUN200
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 2 hours Lecture; 1 hour Tutorial
Pre-requisite Course(s)
PSY100 Introductory Psychology
PSY110 Biological Bases of Behavior
PSY120 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Course Aims
The aim of this course is to enable students to become familiar with the major psychotherapeutic theories and systems available to modern-day practitioners. The course will introduce the historical context, therapeutic process, the current practice and research directions, and its suitability in multicultural dimensions, particularly in Asia, of each psychotherapeutic theory approach and system. The course will also help students develop an understanding of the ethical and professional role required of an effective counsellor.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)
Upon completion of this course student should be able to:
1. Distinguish between analytic, affective, behavioural, and cognitive theory and system
2. Identify the attributes of a competent counsellor and evaluate how students’ personal
    values either facilitate or impede their ability to acquire those attributes;
3. Analyze case studies in terms of counselling principles and frameworks to choose
    the most appropriate system;
4. Apply an ethical framework for decision making within the counselling context and
    apply this to case studies;
5. Evaluate the applicability the studied cultural theories and their implications among
    counselling diverse populations.


Assessment Tasks
Class Participation
Group Workshop and Group Report
Individual Case Study Report
Final Examination
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