Introduction to Counselling Methodologies


There are hundreds of different theories of counselling and psychotherapy, with each theory making a valuable contribution and providing the counsellor with a general map of where they are going and what they might encounter along the way. The aim of this unit of study is to provide students with a broad overview of the major therapeutic approaches commonly utilised within counselling practice. An understanding of these approaches provides a solid basis from which students can begin to conceptualise the issues clients bring to counselling, identify helpful interventions, assess outcomes in light of goals, and begin to formulate their own integrative approach to counselling practice. Students are introduced to a number of different theoretical frameworks or -maps????? that can be used to guide their practice with clients and inform the actions they take. Students are given the opportunity to begin to identify the particular therapeutic approach that -fits????? with their interests, speciality, personality and experience and to reflect on the various therapeutic approaches from a Christian worldview. Through a detailed study of attachment theory students have the opportunity to develop increasing awareness of their own attachment style and the impact this has on their personal and professional relationships.