Counselling Theory

Course code 73197

This course covers basic counselling microskill theory (for example, establishing rapport and reflective attending), different types of therapy, the counselling relationship, boundaries, self-care, referral and supervision.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 2 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Identify and describe basic aspects of counselling practice: engagement, counsellor-client relationship, counselling process.
  • Identify and describe a range of valuable microskills in counselling.
  • Access information in relation to a range of local counselling and support agencies.
  • Identify issues related to supervision and referral.
  • Understand and apply a range of theories in relation to counselling, especially in terms of goals, concepts, techniques and theories of personality, .
  • Demonstrate an understanding of The Treaty of Waitangi in relation to counselling and psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand, and provide an overview of a bicultural models and theoretical application.
  • Discuss issues related to counselling in the wider context of a multicultural environment.

Entry test

If you have not successfully completed study at Level 5 or higher you need to pass an online entry test before enrolling in this course.

Other requirements

To study this course you will require access to a computer, the Internet and email.


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.


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