EDUC 5511

Theories in Counselling

3.0 Credits

NOTE: To register for this course, please email or call 250-377-6048.


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.

Delivery Methods

Online, Paced.


Meets the admission requirements to the MEd.


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 counselling.
  • Examine, assess, and critique theoretical perspectives when applied to multicultural and diverse populations.
  • 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 conceptualization.

Course Outline

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 Therapy
  • 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 Therapy
  • Lesson 11: Theories and Techniques of Counselling--Postmodern Approaches and an Integrative Perspective
  • Lesson 12: Theories and Techniques of Counselling--Integrating Techniques and Case Studies

Course Duration

16 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Corey, Gerald. Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychology + MindTap Student Manual + access card. 10e. Nelson, 2017.
Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-3059-3695-9

Note: MindTap Student Manual and Access card are required items for this course. Purchasing the BUNDLE option will reduce cost.

Online students are responsible for sourcing and ordering their own textbooks. You can order the text through the TRU Bookstore at A textbook list will be provided with a registration package when you are eligible to register. If you have any questions please contact the MEd program at

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.


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 10%
Assignment 2: Theory Maps Submission 1 10%
Assignment 3: Theory Maps Submission 2 20%
Quizzes 15%
Online Discussions 15%
Final Project: Personal Approach to Counseling * 30%
Total 100%

* Mandatory