This unit builds on the core theory and skills of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and accompanies the student's professional practice. The unit comprises in-depth knowledge drawn from a range of counselling theories, processes and strategies such as psychodynamic, existential- humanist, strength based and other approaches in order to develop conceptual abilities and professional practice skills, Major theoretical assumptions are held in tension and critically examined with a focus on integration.. Students are given an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of these therapies as well as learning to apply their practical clinical skills to clients and their concerns.

Unit code: DZ9077S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Professional Counselling

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and compare the attributes of a representative range of theories of counselling


Critique the philosophical basis and therapeutic effectiveness of a representative range of counselling theories


Integrate and apply a range of therapeutic theories, processes and strategies into their counselling practice in a client directed manner


Develop a case conceptualisation with different approaches to counselling


Construct a therapeutic intervention plan

Unit sequence

Co-requisites DP9076S Supervised Counselling Practice Integration (Practicum)


The unit is delivered concurrently with DZ9076S Supervised Counselling Practice Integration in a series of seminars requiring face-to-face synchronous learning in physical space or non-physical space. Seminars on the cognitive behavioural therapies include lecture material, video demonstrations, small group discussions, and tutorials.

Indicative Bibliography

Bridger, F. and Atkinson, D. (2007). Counselling in context: developing a theological framework. London, Harper & Collins.

Cooper, M. & McLeod, J. (2010). Pluralistic counseling and psychotherapy. Sage.

Corey, G. (2020). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy. (9th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA. Brooks/Cole. (recommended for purchase)

Duncan, B. L., Miller, S. D., Wampold, B. E. & Hubble, M. A. (2009). The heart and soul of change: delivering what works in therapy. (2nd ed.). APA.

Egan, G. (2013). The skilled helper (10th ed.). Brooks/Cole.

Entwistle, D. N. (2010). Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity: an introduction to worldview issues, philosophical foundations and models of integration. Eugene, OR: Cascado.

Gehart, D. R. (2016). "Theory and treatment planning in counselling and psychotherapy." CENGAGE learning.

Hoshmand, L. T. (2005). Culture, psychotherapy, and counseling: critical and integrative perspectives. Sage: London, UK.

Ivey, A., Ivey, M. and Zalaquett, C. (2014). Intentional interviewing and Counselling: facilitating client development in a multicultural society. Brooks/Cole Cengage.

Jones, S. L. & Butman, R. E. (2011). Modern psychotherapies: a comprehensive Christian appraisal (2nd ed.). IVP Academic. (recommended for purchase)

Loewenthal, D. & Snell, R. (2003). Post-modernism for psychotherapists: a critical reader. New York, Routledge.

McLeod, J. (2013). An introduction to counseling (5th ed). Open University Press.

Miller, S. D., Duncan, B. L. & Hubble, M. A. (1997). Escape from Babel: toward a unifying language for psychotherapy practice. New York: Norton. (recommended for purchase)

Norcross, J. C. & Goldfried, M. R. (2005). Handbook of psychotherapy integration (2nd ed), Oxford University Press.

Palmer, S. & Woolfe, R. (Eds.). (2001). Integration and eclectic counseling and psychotherapy. UK: Sage,

Prochaska, J. O. & Norcross, J. C. (2009). Systems of psychotherapy: a transtheoretical analysis (7th ed.). Brooks Cole. (recommended for purchase)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Critical Review - a review of representative therapies

a critical review of a representative range of counselling theories with particular attention to the philosophical basis and therapeutic effectiveness

2000 30.0
Case Study - case conceptualisation and treatment planning

Development of representative case conceptualisations and treatment plans

4000 40.0
Personal & Professional Evaluation - professional practice assessment

Critical practice evaluation of explicit and implicit theory and theory integration

2000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 28 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-10-04 13:18:34 +1100