Counselling Theory

Course code 73197

  Course is not currently open for enrolment

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.

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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