Applied Counselling Theories

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC517
  • 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. Describe and critically reflect on the development and foundations of counselling theories, including historical perspectives and current evidence-based models;
  2. Critically reflect 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. Develop the skills to select and apply appropriate counselling approaches to a range of therapeutic contexts.

Subject Content

  • Introduction 1: Theoretical timeline, Historical Background The development of Counselling Theory, with focus on historical background and current evidence-based theories  
  • Introduction 2: Theoretical Approaches Psychodynamic Therapy, Psychoanalytic, Analytic Therapy, Modern Psychanalysis
  • Approaches to Integrative Therapy Person-Centred approaches
  • Modern Psychoanalysis & Current Psychodynamic Approaches Behavioural Models
  • Transactional Analysis & Rational Emotive Therapy Integrating Approaches to Counselling and Christian Worldview
  • Introduction 1: Theoretical timeline, Historical Background Evidence based models: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Introduction 2: Theoretical Approaches Other Current Models: Solution Focused Therapy, Choice (Reality) Therapy, Narrative therapy, Gestalt Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Brief Therapies & Interventions: Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Suicide Intervention Therapy  
  • Positive Psychology Helping Complex Clients
  • Solution Focused Therapy / Motivational Interviewing Counsellor Self Care
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) 
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) 
  • Narrative Therapy / Choice Therapy 

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensives

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 and Critical Reflection (30%)
  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Counselling Role Play (40%)

Prescribed Text

  • Corey, G. (2023). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (11th ed.). Melbourne, VIC: Cengage.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any texts.