This unit builds on Theories of Ethical Faith and Therapy Integration. Students engage philosophically, critically and practically with a selection of formative theories of counselling and psychotherapy and their application to professional counselling. Students continue their journey of formation as professional counsellors, as they evaluate different theoretical assumptions and apply a variety of new strategies and processes associated with these theories.

Unit code: DZ3077S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Counselling

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Explain and compare key concepts associated with different theories of counselling and psychotherapy


Critically reflect on the theoretical assumptions of different counselling modalities.


Provide a reasoned explanation for applying different theories, processes and strategies t their practice in a client directed manner


Examine the theory and practice of counselling integration, including Christian integration

Unit sequence

Core unit of the Bachelor of Counselling Requires successful completion of the Advanced Diploma in Counselling. Co-requisite: Supervised Counselling Practice Integration


A combination of readings, lectures and seminars.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Corey, G. (2015). Theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy. Pacific Grove, CA. Brooks/Cole.
  • Denborough, D. (2014). Retelling the stories of our lives: everyday narrative therapy to draw inspiration and transform experience. W.W. Norton, N.Y.
  • Duncan, B. L., Miller, S., & Sparks, J. A. (2005), The heroic client. Jossey-Bass.
  • Entwistle, D. N. & David, N. (2015). Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity: an introduction to worldview issues, philosophical foundations, and models of integration. Wipf & Stock Publishers.
  • Greggo, S. P. & Sisemore, T. A. (eds.). (2012). Counseling and Christianity: five approaches. IVP.
  • Holeman, V. T. (2012). Theology for better counselling: Trinitarian reflections for healing and formation. IVP Academic.
  • Jones, S. L. & Butman, R. E. (2011). Modern psychotherapies: a comprehensive Christian appraisal. (2nd ed). IVP Academic.
  • Neff, M. A. & McMinn, M. R. (2020). Embodying integration: a fresh look at Christianity in the therapy room. IVP. Downers Grove.
  • Prochaska, J. O. & Norcross, M. R. (2005). Systems of psychotherapy: a transtheoretical analysis. (7th ed.). Brooks Cole.
  • Tan, S. Y. (2011). Counselling and psychotherapy: A Christian perspective. Baker, Grand Rapids, MI.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Concept map/mind map - Concept Map 1000 20.0
Case Study - Case Studies 750 15.0
Case Study - Case Studies 750 15.0
Critical Review - Theoretical Analysis 2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 18 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-09-18 15:32:07 +1000