COUN681-20W (C) Whole Year 2020

Solution-focused theory and skills with individuals and groups

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 13 March 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 21 August 2020


Solution-focused therapy is a strengths-based model that emphasises clients' natural resources and successful experiences to help them bring about change and a shift toward their preferred future. The primary purpose of this course is to introduce you to the theory, skills and tools of solution-focused brief therapy. You will examine social constructionism, the theoretical perspective that accounts for shifts in clients' perceptions and definitions and enables them to work towards building a more favourable future. You will also have the opportunity to engage with what it is like to think and act in a solution-focused manner. The emphasis will be on providing a balance of theory and practice to assist you to gain knowledge and confidence in working with individuals, and co-leading groups integrating a solution focused approach with principles of social justice, bicultural and multicultural counselling.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will display evidence of understanding the social constructionist underpinning of the counselling/therapy relationship and interaction with diverse individuals and groups through completion of a literature review and in counselling practice.
  • Students will explore and reflect on the nature of the counselling interaction in terms of the diverse participants involved, their needs, meaning-making, expectations and desires.
  • Students will demonstrate effective use and reflective critique of solution-focused counselling practice with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Students will apply and reflect on principles of social justice, bicultural and multicultural counselling in groupwork.


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



Mairin Taylor


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Literature Review 09 Apr 2020 30% Thematic review of solution-focused counselling/therapy.
Solution-focused interview 17 May 2020 35% Recorded interview with class member and feedback from a reflective team. Self-reflective critique.
Group co-leadership exercise and reflective critique 05 Oct 2020 35% Co-leadership group exercise facilitated with members of the class (Sept 21 or 22). Submit written plan and reflexive critique of experience and learning.

Textbooks / Resources

Additional readings will be provided on LEARN and in class.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,884.00

* 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 COUN681 Occurrences

  • COUN681-20W (C) Whole Year 2020