Details for Applied Counselling Theories A

This subject will trace the development of current counselling methodologies starting with Freud and moving forward to current day approaches. 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.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSE501
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Katherine Hurrell


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Applied Counselling Theories A

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

Unit Content


  1. Identify and critically reflect on the philosophies and key features of two the main counselling approaches, Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioural; recognising current and possible future values clashes from both a personal and worldview perspective;
  2. Define, compare and contrast several methodologies appropriate for those approaches;
  3. Recognise the clear differences between approaches with regard to your understanding of human nature and identity; implications for counselling;
  4. Practice and apply the therapeutic approaches examined in class to contexts appropriately.

Subject Content

  • Examination of perspectives on the evolution of counselling theory, and on the broad spectrum of approaches to counselling, focusing 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 methodologies.

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

  • Preparation Paper (10%)
  • Reflection Paper (20%)
  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Counselling Role Play (40%)

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