COU102A AB2, CS 1

Assessment Brief
Program Bachelor of Applied Social Science
Subject Theories of Counselling
Subject code COU102A
Name of assessment Assessment 2: Case Study
Length 2000 Words
Learning outcomes addressed
by this assessment:
A, C, D
Submission Date: End of Week 6, Sunday 11.55 pm
Assessment brief summary: Choose one of the counselling approaches that you have studied so far and
write a report explaining how you would apply this counselling perspective
to the case study provided.
Total marks 100
Weighting 30%
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Case study
Joel is a 36-year old man who has come to counselling because he feels unhappy and unsatisfied in his life. Joel’s
mother died when he was 12 and Joel grew up with his father, who he describes as a good man, who worked hard
to support his son, but struggled with anger and alcohol issues and was never able to fully recover from the death
of Joel’s mother. Joel felt that his father was distant and so caught up in his own grief that he was never able to
love Joel.
Joel describes himself as a rebel in his teens, who gave his father a hard time but that he worked hard and went
to university, which he saw as a way out of the small town he grew up in and a way to escape his father. He now
has a successful career in corporate law and is married with a young son, Oliver, who has just had his first
Joel was initially happy in his career, as he enjoyed the challenge and the money that came with his job. He has
been able to give his wife, Anna, all the things that he missed out on as a child: they have a big home in a good
suburb and Oliver will go to private school. Anna does not have to work, and they plan to try for a second child
next year.
Despite all of the positives in his life, Joel still feels unhappy. He loves his wife and son, but is feeling oppressed by
the constant demands of parenthood and feels that is work is suffering because he has to commit more time at
home. He enjoys work less than he did and feels that his relationship with Anna is also suffering as he finds himself
wanting to spend more time away from home and is stressed and frustrated with the situation and worries about
whether he can really be a good father and husband. He is also disappointed in himself for not being able to have
more control over his life.
Assessment Description:
Read the case study below and write a report explaining how you would work with Joel from the perspective
one counselling approach that you have studied so far.
For the approach to counselling that you choose to focus on, include the following:
Identification of the key principles and goals of the approach in working with Joel
Explanation on your role as the counsellor when applying the approach
Explanation on the relevance of the chosen approach to Joel’s case (why the suggested approach may be
helpful for him)
Suggestion of two techniques or interventions from the approach that you would use with Joel to
facilitate change.

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Marking Criteria:

Max. in
Identification of the key principles and goals of the approach
Explanation the role of the counsellor when applying a chosen approach
Explanation on the relevance of the chosen approach to the case 5
Suggestion of two techniques or interventions 5
Links to theories and concepts 5
Word count, readability, and structure 4
Number and choice of appropriate references. 3
Correct referencing style: in-text references and reference list. 3
Total: 30

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