Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences
CoordinatorDr Mark Symmons


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This area of study is only available to students enrolled in 4110 Bachelor of Counselling.


Psychological health, or wellness, is increasingly considered as a scale, ranging from severe and debilitating mental illness at one end, up to existing in something like a state of one-ness with the world at the other. Most of us cluster somewhere around the middle, moving back and forth within a sub-range as we deal with daily hassles, relationship issues (forming, maintaining and ending relationships), the occasional traumatic event, work-related concerns, chronic and acute stress, self-esteem and body image, milder forms of mental illness, and trying to decide who we are and what we want from life. In an increasingly time-pressured society, with more and more things to be anxious about, many people are looking for help-life coaches, navigators, counsellors.

The area of study is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Counselling. These students complete a 96-point major sequence comprised of the units listed below.


Compulsory units

  • ATS1019 Introduction to counselling
  • ATS1359 Introduction to psychology B: Brains and behaviour
  • ATS1840 Introduction to psychology A: Behaviour and the modern world
  • ATS2135 Advanced counselling and case management
  • ATS2136 Therapeutic approaches in psychology
  • ATS2260 Behaviour across the lifespan
  • ATS2819 Personality psychology
  • ATS2820 Abnormal psychology and behavioural disorders
  • ATS2831 Research in the social sciences
  • ATS3977 Communication and relationships
  • ATS3978 Counselling placement (12 points)
  • ATS3979 Positive psychology and behaviour change
  • ATS3981 Psychology and technology
  • ATS3982 Therapeutic applications and diversity

Relevant courses

4110 Bachelor of Counselling.