This unit enables students to apply and integrate their learning of counselling skills with their personal and professional development. A supportive structured environment is created for the students’ formation as counselling professionals during supervised counselling practice. In addition to requiring students to obtain the required individual professional supervision externally throughout the year, class meetings provide another level of group supervision. These meetings serve as a forum for engaging with emerging ethical, supervision, personal professional and theological questions encountered during their counselling practice.

Unit code: DZ2075S

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Counselling

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Apply integrated counselling skills to clients with low to moderate needs


Evaluate own practice in the context of recognised approaches to integration


Apply the use of oneself as a therapeutic instrument with self- awareness, especially with reference to their own beliefs, values and biases


Demonstrate the integration of counselling theory, knowledge and skills through ongoing supervision, received counselling and client engagement


Demonstrate professional competence, cultural humility and respectful working relationships with clients, supervisors, colleagues and community members

Unit sequence

This is a core unit of the Advanced Diploma in Counselling. This unit runs throughout the year. Co-requisite Theories of Ethical Counselling Integration


This unit is an online supported delivery that employs group interaction with additional instructor-led material analysis, discussion and supervision, lectures and tutorials.

Indicative Bibliography

Corey, G. (2016). Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy. (10 edition). Cengage Learning.

Egan, G. (2018). The Skilled Helper: A Problem-Management and Opportunity-Development Approach to Helping. Brooks/Cole ISE.

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.

Neff, M. A. & McMinn, M. R. (2020). Embodying integration: a fresh look at Christianity in the therapy room. IVP.

McMinn, M. R., & Campbell, C. D. (2017). Integrative Psychotherapy: Toward a Comprehensive Christian Approach. IVP Academic.

Sbanotto, E. A. N., Gingrich, H. D., & Gingrich, F. C. (2016). Skills for Effective Counseling: A Faith-Based Integration. IVP Academic.

Tan, S.-Y. (2011). Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective. Baker Publishing Group.

Thomas, J. C. (2018). Counseling Techniques: A Comprehensive Resource For Christian Counselors. HarperCollins Religious - US.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Personal & Professional Evaluation

Documentation and Learning agreement (Graded Pass/Fail)

1000 NGP

Essay 1500 words (Graded Pass/Fail)

1500 NGP

Record of: • Client work • Received counselling
• Supervision Report from Supervisor
(Graded Pass/Fail)

2000 NGP

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 2 Dec, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000