Course Title: Foundations of Narrative Counselling

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundations of Narrative Counselling

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Susan Mate

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1522

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines the essential knowledge and theory, resources and tools, relationships, and practice that underpin working professionally and ethically in a counselling role. You will develop knowledge of counselling processes and skills through the exploration and application of counselling theories and models, with an emphasis on the Narrative counselling approach. Participation in an intensive practical workshop and work with a client consolidates your learning and enables you to develop the advanced communication skills fundamental in facilitating helping (client- counsellor) relationships, particularly from a Narrative perspective.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.       

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successfully completing this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise ethical considerations in counselling and operate within an appropriate Code of Ethics
  • Define a counselling relationship and demonstrate understanding of constructs such as empathy, referral etc
  • Develop and demonstrate advanced communication skills, e.g., reflective listening, questioning
  • Describe and employ counselling theories and models
  • Describe and apply a Narrative approach to counselling

Overview of Learning Activities

Course materials and self paced learning experiences are designed to help you develop a theoretically driven counselling practice through engagement with theory, application and reflective practice. Your work as a counsellor is viewed as a product of Knowledge, Resources, Relationships and Practice; accordingly learning activities are framed within these four elements:

  • Knowledge – activities designed to explore the theoretical frameworks underpinning counselling practice through exposure to a variety of counselling models and theories enabling you to understand how theory informs successful counselling
  • Resources – activities designed to develop basic counselling skills and understanding of a Narrative approach to counselling
  • Relationships – activities designed to foster the creation of effective counsellor- client relationships, take a Narrative view of this relationship and understand the importance of working within an ethical framework
  • Practice- activities designed to evaluate and reflect on your development of counselling processes and experiences.

An intensive 3 day counselling workshop engages you in a variety of team and individual activities designed to support development of your basic counselling skills, as well as Narrative techniques. You will also engage in active learning using videos and case studies and review and report upon your own competency and professional development. This course will provide you with the opportunity to receive industry feedback on your learning activities and assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

As a distance education course, materials are delivered through a variety of formats. These include online delivery via myRMIT and / or PDF files on CD. Learning resources are comprehensive – no additional texts or materials are required beyond those supplied.

Overview of Assessment

Your ability to clearly explain key counselling concepts and narrative theory, along with demonstrated counselling skills will be assessed via written and oral assessment tasks.

A suggested timetable for assessment submission is provided but dates are open to negotiation within semester of enrolment.