This advanced unit builds on the core skills and theory essential for professional counselling that students have learned during undergraduate and /or postgraduate years of study. Students are required to both broaden and deepen their therapeutic conceptualising and practice skills through critical and reflective engagement with counselling theories and techniques that are sufficiently diverse so as to challenge them to hold conflicting ideas in tension, for example Person – centred, Cognitive Behaviour, Acceptance and Commitment and Strength based approaches to counselling. Students will also evaluate their knowledge of counselling integration by analysing different approaches to eclecticism leading to the reflective development of a systematic counselling approach of their own.

Unit code: XP9077S

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Capstone Other P

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Evaluate underlying theoretical and philosophical bases of a range of approaches to counselling


Assess similarities and differences between a broad range of counselling modalities and argue the strengths and weaknesses as well as evidence for the effectiveness of each


Interpret and apply deep knowledge of theoretical techniques and skills that underpin each of four different approaches to counselling, such as Person Centred approaches, Cognitive behaviour approaches, ACT approaches and Strength-based approaches


Examine the theory and practice of counselling integration, including Christian integration and articulate a systematic personal approach to counselling

Unit sequence

Prerequisites AIFC’s Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) Co-requisites DP9076S Supervised Counselling Practice Integration (Practicum)


The unit is divided into 4 topics, each of which engages a particular counselling modality. Each topic is covered in a 4-hour long session that includes lecture material, demonstrations and interaction with and between students. On-line tutorials are offered in the weeks following the introduction of a topic designed to help with application of the modality, assessment related questions and further clarification.

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. (20). 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.
  • 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 (%)
Case Study

Case study 2500 words (4 x 10%each)

At the completion of studying each of the four counselling modalities, apply these approaches to a case study (provided), explaining how it would help you to conceptualize and respond to the client and the concerns brought into counselling. Also evaluate the research evidence pertaining to the effectiveness of each model

2500 40.0
Audio recording or Podcast

Audio recording (45-60 minutes)

You are to conduct a sequence of three counselling sessions with a ‘client’ (e.g. a classmate). Provide an audio recording 15-20 minutes in length from each session in order to demonstrate your ability to apply theory and skills from any of the modalities studied in the unit in an integrative and client directed manner. Transcribe selected portions of each of the three sessions with your critical reflections on your work and the client’s work, the relationship, the process and yourself in the session.

1500 20.0
Film or Video

Video (20 minutes); Comparison paper (1000 words); Annotated transcript and critique (2000 words) Write a paper in which you compare and contrast two of your preferred approaches to counselling integration. To illustrate your personal approach to integration, record and prepare an annotated transcript relating to a counselling session conducted during your practicum. With reference to the video recording and the above paper, formulate and critique your personal approach to integration.

3000 30.0
Concept map/mind map

Concept map 1000 words Prepare a concept map describing, comparing and evaluating the four counseling modalities studied in the unit, including a spiritual critique.

1000 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000