CN520 Personal Philosophy of Counselling Practice



Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

Strength based counselling sees people as having capabilities and resources within themselves and their communities. It builds on client strengths to help persons address their concerns and achieve the changes they seek. The unit will develop the philosophy and principles for these approaches informed by a Christian worldview as well as provide experiences that enable students to facilitate change through respectful counselling processes and practices that encourage and empower clients. These include strength-based practices such as constructing conversations for change, exceptions and differences, identifying and amplifying solution patterns, building on progress and change.


  1. Introduction to strength-based counselling and collaborative approaches
  2. Theoretical principles
  3. Creating collaborative relationships
  4. Solution focused Therapy
  5. Developing preferred futures
  6. Evoking resources and building capacity
  7. Amplifying change and therapeutic tasks
  8. Narrative therapy
  9. Externalising and deconstruction
  10. Re-authoring conversations
  11. Collaborative helping maps
  12. Outsider witnesses and team based practices

Unit offerings

Face to face: Semester 1, 2025 (Every 2nd Year (Odd), Semester 1)

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand, regulatory requirements, continual improvement processes or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.