This course focuses on major theoretical approaches to counselling and the strategies they use.
Through an exploration and examination of each approach, coupled with the integration of
multicultural and diversity competencies, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary
to apply the strategies and techniques of counselling theories. Ethical decision-making will be
incorporated into each theoretical approach.
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Examine and describe the formal attributes of counselling theories.
- Apply an ethical decision-making model using a case study.
- Identify, illustrate, and demonstrate the basic attributes of various theories of
- Examine, assess, and critique theoretical perspectives when applied to multicultural and
- Synthesize, evaluate, and develop an integrated approach to counseling from the perspective
of a counselor's worldview.
- Compare and contrast theories and techniques with respect to their application to case
EDUC 5511: Theories in Counselling includes the following 12 lessons:
- Lesson 1: Introduction and Orientation--The Counsellor as a Person
- Lesson 2: Counselling as a Practice
- Lesson 3: The Counsellor as a Professional--Ethical Issues in Counselling
- Lesson 4: Theories and Techniques of Counselling--Psychoanalytic Therapy
- Lesson 5: Theories and Techniques of Counselling--Adlerian Therapy and Existential
- Lesson 6: Theories and Techniques of Counselling--Person-Centered Therapy
- Lesson 7: Theories and Techniques of Counselling--Gestalt Therapy
- Lesson 8: Theories and Techniques of Counselling--Reality Therapy and Behavior Therapy
- Lesson 9: Theories and Techniques of Counselling--Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Lesson 10: Theories and Techniques of Counselling--Feminist Therapy and Family Systems
- Lesson 11: Theories and Techniques of Counselling--Postmodern Approaches and an Integrative
- Lesson 12: Theories and Techniques of Counselling--Integrating Techniques and Case
Required text and materials
Online MEd students are responsible for sourcing and/or ordering their own books. Please see
the list of required textbooks here: https://www.tru.ca/distance/courses/MEd_Textbook_List.pdf
You may be able to order the text through the TRU Bookstore at http://thebookstore.tru.ca. Please note,
if you choose to source your own textbooks, publishers may offer several package options that
include additional resource material not required in your course. You may choose to purchase any
package as long as it includes the correct author, title and edition listed for your course.
If you have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact OLMaterials@tru.ca. They will be happy to assist you.
To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the
overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Project. The following table illustrates
how your final grade will be determined for this course.
|Assignment 1: Ethical Decision Making
|Assignment 2: Theory Maps Submission 1
|Assignment 3: Theory Maps Submission 2
|Final Project: Personal Approach to Counseling *
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the “mail” tool in the Learning Environment or by phone. You will receive the necessary
contact information when you start your course.