Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Relationship Counselling
Course Code COUN420
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 2 hours Lecture; 1 hour Tutorial
Pre-requisite Course(s) COUN200 Theories & Systems in Counselling and Psychotherapy
PSY120 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Course Aims
Relationships comprise the context and the focus of much of counselling and therapy.  This course aims to enhance students’ knowledge of and sensitivity towards relationships and their competence in handling relationship issues usually encountered in the counselling process. The course explores common relationship issues, the characteristics and stages of different types of relationships, and how a person’s history, psychological characteristics, and culture affect him/her in relationships. In providing systematic knowledge about the general area of human relationship, the course aims to prepare students for counselling people with relationship difficulties as well as to assist them in improving their own relationships. Students will explore a range of therapeutic approaches and skills for navigating transition, conflict, communication, and other relationship challenges.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

Upon completion of this course student should be able to:

1. Describe the importance of attachment in relationships and human development;
2. Distinguish specific issues and challenges that commonly arise in close
3. Summarize coping strategies, helping strategies, and conflict management skills in a
    variety of situations presented in counselling;
4. Evaluate cognitive and emotional dynamics in their own and other interactions and
Assessment Tasks
Online Discussion
Biweekly Quizzes
Group Presentation
Term-End Quiz
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