SOWK6328 (Core)

Theory and practice in mental health counselling

This course introduces students to a variety of current evidence-based psychological intervention approaches that are effective for working with people with mental health problems. As an overview, this course covers traditional approaches such as psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioural and cognitive and interpersonal approaches and postmodern approaches such as narrative approach, mindfulness approach, and motivational interviewing. In addition, some family perspectives such as structural family therapy will also be included. Case examples will be used to illustrate how these individual approaches can be applied to work with people with mental illness. Evidences about their effectiveness in working with people with mental illness will also be provided. Some lectures may also involve experiential learning and skills training. Assessment: 100% coursework.