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Unit 205

Unit 205

Research Project

Unit Description

Students will continue to develop their knowledge of the selected topic through reviewing published research literature.

In this second capstone unit, students will either

(a) revise and implement the research proposal and timeline developed in Introduction to Research Methods and approved by the Metavision Institute, or

(b) undertake an extended literature review on the selected research topic.

For (a), students’ research projects will (i) draw on and analyse secondary data (data already available in the public domain), or (ii) be literature-based, or (iii) be autobiographical, in order to minimise ethical risks arising from the research process.

Students will continue to develop their knowledge of the selected topic through reviewing published research literature.

Students will then write a report on the findings of the project or extended literature review.

Including an outline of implications for counselling and psychotherapy practice, and make an oral presentation of their findings.




Core Unit


Year 2, Semester 2




Katrina Dickson


30 minutes before and after workshop intensives and by appointment during semester

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Design and implement research projects in counselling and psychotherapy

2. Critically evaluate published peer-reviewed research on the selected research topic

3. Analyse social, legal and ethical aspects of conducting counselling and psychotherapy research

4. Report on project outcomes, implications and recommendations in a final paper

Student Workload

The total unit workload is equivalent to 6.75 hours per week over the semester (108 hours in total).

  • 15 hours on-campus workshop intensive

  • 3 hour Zoom classes

  • 12.6 hours study buddy work

  • 77.4 personal study hours

Delivery Mode

Workshop intensive on-campus

On-campus teaching - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - over 6 days - 15 hours in total

Online delivery

Two x 1.5 hour Zoom discussion

Study Buddy activities

12.6 hours over the semester

Graduate Attributes

Ethical practice and integrity
Our graduates will demonstrate high ethical standards in their practice and follow professional Codes of Ethics to do good (beneficence) and avoid harm (maleficence)
Our graduates will have a highly developed understanding of their work roles and responsibilities and uphold a high level of professional conduct in their work
Holistic awareness
Our graduates will have an in-depth understanding of how the physical body, the psyche and mind/ spirit/self are in constant interaction and relationship with each other and with the environment
Our graduates will have well-developed written and oral communication skills, including listening deeply and receiving, interpreting and transmitting complex information, on many levels of awareness with colleagues, clients and the community
Critical thinking
Our graduates will have critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate and analyse information and make informed professional judgements
Available In Courses

Available In Courses

This unit is available in the following courses:

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