This unit builds on the counselling skills learned at Diploma of Counselling level through sequenced learning and scaffolding. Knowledge and understanding of the purpose and application of counselling microskills is deepened in the context of a broader comprehension of the counselling process. Students learn why particular skills are especially helpful in accomplishing specified purposes during the stages of counselling, such as establishing relationship and exploring, deepening, growing and consolidation, and ending. Theological and spiritual considerations are ethically integrated with multicultural applications and empirical support.

Unit code: DZ2860S

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


Explain the ‘science’ of effective counselling with reference to the nature and purpose of counselling microskills


Discuss the ‘art’ of counselling with reference to the development of oneself – as a therapeutic instrument, and in self-awareness of beliefs, values and biases in counselling relationships


Define the stages of counselling and the goals of each stage


Apply specific counselling skills to accomplish phase related targets of the counselling process


Explain the ethical integration of spiritual themes and a theological foundation of human emotion

Unit sequence

This is a core unit of the Advanced Diploma in Counselling.

Co-requisite: Counselling Integration Practicum


This unit uses online supported delivery, instructor-led material analysis and discussion, 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 (%)
Concept map/mind map 500 10.0
Case Study - Case Study 1 500 10.0
Case Study - Case Study 2 500 10.0
Essay 1250 30.0
Project Report or Project Journal - Analysis of own counselling practice 1750 40.0

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