Courses & Units

Counselling Fundamentals PSY235


This unit provides an overview of foundational counselling concepts, theories, and skills. In this unit you will be introduced to the main theoretical perspectives and values that underlie counselling practices. You will learn to apply counselling microskills that underpin effective communication in counselling practice. The importance of ethics, critical thinking, and evaluating evidence in counselling are also a key focus in this unit. Completion of this unit does not qualify you to practice counselling, however, it will provide you with a foundation for further study in this area.


Unit name Counselling Fundamentals
Unit code PSY235
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Doctor Crystal Meehan
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the major theoretical perspectives, principles, and ethical considerations which underlie counselling practice.
  • Apply basic counselling microskills to a variety of counselling contexts.
  • Describe how values, culture, and individual factors can influence counselling practice.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
061700 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,445.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KHA335 OR KHA235


Teaching Pattern

All unit materials are available through MyLO. Each week, a module of content is released. Each module comprises multiple web pages containing written and audio-visual information. You are required to fully engage with module content.

AssessmentOnline Quizzes (30%)|Role Play Journal (30%)|Counselling Critique (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


These materials will be useful to your developing knowledge and understanding of the content in this unit, but you are not required to purchase them. When seeking sources of evidence to support your assignment work, you will find these a useful starting point. These materials are available for a limited loan period from the University Library collection and are available through the unit’s Reading List (see below).
Egan, G. (2018). The skilled helper: a problem-management and opportunity-development approach to helping. Belmont, Calif.: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning. (11th Edition).

LinksBooktopia textbook finder

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