Details for Applied Counselling Theories B

This subject will trace the development of current counselling modalities starting with Freud and moving forward. You will be encouraged to trial the key components of each theory and compare and contrast the effectiveness of each in a range of contexts. You will discuss integration in terms of theology and psychology and explore integrative psychology.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSE202
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Katherine Hurrell


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Applied Counselling Theories B

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Identify the philosophies and key features of two of the four main counselling approaches – Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioural, Humanistic, and Postmodern;
  2. Define, compare and contrast the various modalities appropriate for those approaches and how these may be integrated;
  3. Recognise the clear differences between approaches with regard to your understanding of human nature and identity, and approaches to counselling practice and practice applying therapeutic approaches to contexts appropriately;
  4. Identify and critically reflect on models from your worldview perspective.

Subject Content

  • Examination of perspectives on the evolution of counselling theory, and on the broad spectrum of approaches to counselling, focusing on the psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural branches of therapy.
  • Summarise an overview and in-depth study of one model from two of these approaches and develop an integrated view with Christian Theology.
  • Case studies and role-plays will be used to illustrate and analyse common threads, principles and differences, and to provide experience in the use of different models.
  • DVDs will be used to further expand learning the practice of different modalities.

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.)
  • Extensive (5 days spread over the semester)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Short Paper (20%)
  • Theory Presentation (25%)
  • Counselling Role Play and Critique (30%)
  • Minor Essay (25%)

Prescribed Text

  • Corey, G. (2015). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (10th ed.). Melbourne, VIC: Cengage.

Please consult your instructor before purchasing any texts