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EDUC306 Guidance and Counselling

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.

Paper title Guidance and Counselling
Paper code EDUC306
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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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

By the end of the paper students will be able to:

  • Explain or describe some key counselling/psychotherapy ideas, concepts or terms.
  • Discuss and critically evaluate some contested issues related to counselling/psychotherapy.
  • Apply their understanding of the role and functioning of counselling to societal issues.
  • Demonstrate a basic critical understanding of the contested nature of the purpose and process of different counselling modalities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical principles and be able to apply these to ethical dilemmas.
  • Articulate their developing perspective on the nature and purpose of 'talk therapies' and the context in which this takes place.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41