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 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)

After completing the course, students should be able to:

1. recognize and articulate the importance of attachment in relationships and human development;
2. identify and contextualize specific issues and challenges that commonly arise in close relationships and discuss coping and helping strategies for responding to them;
3. demonstrate an understanding of conflict management skills in a variety of situations presented in counselling;
4. identify stages of relationship development and have knowledge of counselling approaches for dealing with their associated crises; and
5. demonstrate enhanced self-awareness and meta-awareness of cognitive and emotional dynamics in their own interactions and relationships.
Assessment Tasks
Class Participation
Weekly Quizzes
Discussion Facilitation
Group Presentation
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