Details for Applied Counselling Theories

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: SSC217
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Applied Counselling Theories

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

Unit Content


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the development and foundations of counselling theories, including historical perspectives and current evidence-based models;
  2. Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on theories and models of counselling from a personal worldview and professional practice perspectives;
  3. Compare and contrast several counselling methodologies and describe how these may be integrated;
  4. Apply appropriate counselling approaches to a range of therapeutic contexts.

Subject Content

  • The development of Counselling Theory, with focus on historical background and current evidence-based theories
  • Psychodynamic Therapy, Psychoanalytic, Analytic Therapy, Modern Psychanalysis
  • Person-Centred approaches
  • Behavioural Models
  • Integrating Approaches to Counselling and Christian Worldview
  • Evidence based models: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Other Current Models: Solution Focused Therapy, Choice (Reality) Therapy, Narrative therapy, Gestalt Therapy
  • Brief Therapies & Interventions: Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Suicide Intervention Therapy
  • Helping Complex Clients
  • Counsellor Self Care

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

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

Assessment Methods

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

Prescribed Text

  • Corey, G. (2016). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (10th ed.). Cengage.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any textbooks.