persuasive essay on counselling topic


The counselling world has hundreds of different approaches for working with clients, each with their own formulas of what helps people change. This paper will help you examine common transtheoretical threads in counselling approaches that research has identified are related to counselling outcomes.


Write a brief persuasive essay on one of the following topics. Your aim is to educate the reader about the merit or importance of understanding the topic you are writing about. You will provide readers with a description of the topic, its underpinning research, and recommendations for how to incorporate this knowledge in practice.

  1. Add any various legislation to support chosen topic
  2. A clear argument and theories to support chosen topic

Choice of topics: Select one topic from below.

  1. The Common Factors in counselling (A broad topic with multiple components – good if you want to get an overview).
  2. The therapeutic relationship in counselling (One common factor)
  3. Hope and placebo in counselling (One common factor)
  4. Techniques and models in counselling (One common factor)
  5. Client factors in counselling (One common factor)
  6. Practice-based evidence: Feedback in therapy (One contemporary common factor and an approach to quality assurance)
  7. Evidence-based practice (An approach to quality assurance)

The basic marking criteria. No headings needed, and topic and research components can be integrated. We recommend application be separated and discussed prior to the conclusion.

  • Introduction and conclusion:The introduction will introduce the reader to the topic, why the topic is relevant for counsellors, and introduce the central thesis. The conclusion will summarise the thesis, key evidence and arguments raised in the paper. More information about how to do these well can be found here and here.
  • Topic description:This may include clarity of expression, evidence of depth of comprehension, coverage, description/analysis of debates and/or limits of knowledge, and why understanding of this is important for practitioners.
  • Research justification:Key research is highlighted, discussed, analysed, and incorporated into discussion.
  • Application:the relevance for practitioners, how they can apply intentionally

The following texts may assist in your assignment:

  1. Duncan, B. L., Miller, S. D., Wampold, B. E., & Hubble, M. A. (Eds.). (2010). The heart and soul of change: Delivering what works in therapy(2nd ed.). Washington: American Psychological Association. (Link to hard copies)
  2. Lambert, M. J. (Eds). (2013). Bergin and Garfield’s handbook of psychotherapy and behavior change(6th ed.). New York, NY: Wiley.
  3. Norcross, J. C. (Ed). (2011). Psychotherapy relationships that work: Evidence-based responsiveness(2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.


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