COUN679-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)

Solution Focused Theory and Skills

This occurrence is not offered in 2020

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course aims to introduce students to the theory and skills of a postmodern model of brief counselling called solution-focused counselling which aims to help clients identify and implement workable solutions to problems.

This course provides the opportunity for students to examine the theoretical basis of solution-focused counselling and to develop competence in the basic relational and empowering conversational skills of counselling within a solution-focused framework.  Social constructionism accounts for shifts in clients’ perceptions and definitions and enables them to work towards building their own preferred future. Students will have the opportunity to engage with what it is like to think and act in a solution-focused manner. Students will be encouraged to be both self-reflective and reflexive in their learning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to:
  • Understand the implications of a social constructionist position on the counselling/therapy interaction.
  • Understand and apply principles of solution-focused counselling
  • Understand the nature of the counselling interaction in terms of the participants involved, their needs, meaning making,  expectations and desires.
  • Demonstrate effective use of solution-focused skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to use self-reflection and reflexion to improve practice.


Subject to the approval of the Head of the School of Health Sciences


EDEM672, HLTH483

Course Coordinator

Shanee Barraclough


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Literature review 04 Apr 2019 35% Thematic review of solution-focused counselling/therapy.
Solution-focused interview 06 May 2019 55% Recorded interview with class member and feedback from a reflective team.
Self-reflective critique 23 May 2019 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Hanton, Paul; Skills in solution focused brief counselling & psychotherapy; SAGE, 2011.

Recommended Reading

De Jong, Peter , Berg, Insoo Kim; Interviewing for solutions; 4th ed; Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, 2013.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A Pass is 50 marks or over


100% attendance required


Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the relevant Course Evaluation Policy, to provide feedback to staff about the relevance and validity of what has been learned as well as the quality of course delivery.

Requests for extensions

In the event of exceptional circumstances (e.g. illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) that prevent you from working, you may apply for an extension before the due date for an assignment.  You should contact the lecturer responsible for that piece of assessment in writing, and explain why you are requesting an extension.


Resubmissions are not accepted.

Aegrotat Considerations

If you are prevented from completing any major item or items of work for assessment in a course, or consider that your performance in any major item or items of work for assessment in a course has been impaired by illness, injury, bereavement or any other critical circumstance you may apply for aegrotat consideration. Aegrotat consideration is available only for major items of work. Major items are examinations, tests and other work worth not less than 10% of the total assessment. Please refer to the UC Policy: (

Where to submit and collect work

FLO students are to submit hard copy Assignments with a cover sheet to the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

By Hand:
Deliver to Assignment Room - Level 2, Rehua by 5.00pm, or at a time directed by course lecturer, on or before the due date.

By Mail:
Send to;
Student and Programme Office
College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $942.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 9 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

All COUN679 Occurrences

  • COUN679-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance) - Not Offered