An introduction to selected counselling approaches.

    What is involved in counselling?

    This paper is an introduction to the world of counselling. It provides a stimulating introduction to the field of guidance and counselling. The focus will be on the diverse and contested nature of counselling and the variety of approaches. This paper will not teach you to be a counsellor, but will develop your appreciation and understanding of this interesting area, which is relevant to any future teachers or social workers and any current or future 'client' of counselling-type services. The topics include the contested nature and cultural context of counselling, ethical issues and introduction to some major theories in this field.

    About this paper

    Paper title Guidance and Counselling
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $955.05
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One 200-level EDUC or PSYC paper
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music


    Teaching staff
    Associate Professor Jacques van der Meer
    Paper Structure

    Topics include:

    • The contested nature of counselling
    • Cultural context
    • Usefulness
    • Research into counselling
    • Ethical decision-making
    • An introduction to some major 'schools' or theories in this field
    Teaching Arrangements
    The paper will be taught by means of workshops, lectures and students working in groups.
    All readings will be made available online.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    • Explain or describe some key counselling/psychotherapy ideas, concepts or terms
    • Discuss and critically evaluate some key and contested issues related to counselling/psychotherapy
    • Apply their understanding of the role and functioning of counselling in relation to some societal issues
    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of what type of differences distinguish one approach of counselling from another
    • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical principles and be able to apply these to ethical dilemmas
    • Reflect on some of the counselling and wellbeing related exercises that may be relevant and/or beneficial for their personal and/or potential future professional life


    Not offered in 2023

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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