RAD3031 - Counselling Theories and Methods with a Practical Outlook


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 2 days E
Home examination 100/100 6 hours E

Course content

The course provides in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge about central theories in counselling. The main focus will be on an individually based counselling perspective with group and environmental variables as a background. The course will provide both training and personal development in advanced communication skills in counselling. This intails, among other things, training in counselling conversations and going through reflections on one’s own experiences in the light of counselling theories.

Learning outcome

The candidate...
- has advanced knowledge about counselling theories and methods
- has in-depth knowledge about similarities and differences between different counselling theories and methods
- has in-depth knowledge about communication skills in relation to counselling theories and methods
The candidate…
- can analyse and use counselling skills and also to consider how they relate to counselling theories and methods
- can use advanced communication skills in counselling
- can use knowledge in new areas within the counselling field
General competence
The candidate...
- can analyse his or her own theoretical and methodological stance, preferences and goals for further development
- can consider which theories and methods are best suited for different issues and challenges in order to choose appropriate counselling approaches
- can use relevant communication skills in counselling and relate these to theoretical perspectives
- can contribute to innovation processes in the counselling field

Learning methods and activities

The candidates will become aware of his/her own theoretical and methodological point of view, preferences and development by participating actively in dialogue-based training and seminars. In addition s/he will be able to assess and choose what theories and methods will fit different challenges and cases. The students will acquire practical knowledge about action and communication skills for achieving fundamental counselling competencies and see these in relation to theoretical perspectives.

4 hours of lectures per week, 2 hours of seminar per week.
4 days practical-methodical-communication training (6 hours per day)
Submission of a video-based counselling interview with a written log, and participation in seminar based on video-based counselling interview has to be passed before exam. Take a look at blackboard for detailed information about compulsory assignments.

Compulsory assignments

  • 80 % approved attendance in practical-methodical training
  • Approved presentation of videobased interview and logg

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Counselling Science (MRÅDG)
Learning in Working Life and Society (MVL)

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PED3031 15.0 01.09.2011
PED3036 15.0 01.09.2011
PED3038 15.0 01.09.2011
RAD3038 15.0 01.09.2011
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Education
  • Counselling
  • Social Sciences
  • Guidance Education
  • Adult Education and Learning
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 E

Release 2020-12-16

Submission 2020-12-17

Release 09:00

Submission 14:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 E

Release 2021-06-09

Submission 2021-06-09

Release 09:00

Submission 15:00

Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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