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Course Materials

The course materials for Psychology 406: Introduction to Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy include the items listed below. If you find that any items are missing from your course package, please contact Course Materials at Athabasca University as soon as possible. You may contact Course Materials through the automated attendant 1–800–788–9041, ext. 6366, or dial direct to 780–675–6366. You may wish to send an email message to, or write in care of Course Materials, Tim Byrne Centre, 4001 Hwy 2 South, Athabasca, AB Canada T9S 1A4.


Corey, G. (2005). Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (7th ed.). Scarborough, ON: Brooks/Cole.

Gerald Corey is recognized in counselling psychology for his work in the areas of skills, theory, and techniques of counselling and psychotherapy. This text provides an overview of the major theoretical systems in contemporary psychology, with a particular emphasis on practical applications of the concepts, as well as the importance of personal reflection and integration.

The publisher has created a website to accompany this text: The student resources are of particular relevance, providing online quizzes for each of the theoretical chapters, key words for searching the InfoTrac online database available through the Athabasca University Library, and links to other sites and other resources. You can access this site directly, or you can select the “Textbook” link of Psychology 406 Online (see the “Psychology 406 Online” section of this Course and Assignment Manual).

Corey, G. (2009). Case Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy (7th ed.). Scarborough, ON: Brooks/Cole.

The Case Approach text brings to life the abstract concepts presented in the course materials. Consider this text as supplemental; it will not appear in the content of the Midterm Exam or Final Exam. It is intended to help you make the links between theory and practice and will be particularly useful in completing the Case Study assignment.

Corey, G. (2005). Student Manual for Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (7th ed.). Scarborough, ON: Brooks/Cole.

The Student Manual provides an important supplement to the text materials. It contains activities and exercises designed to help you review and practise what you have learned in each text unit. It contains activities, discussion questions, case examples, and experiential exercises designed to bring the theoretical models to life and to assist you in integrating and applying the concepts.

Corey, G., & Haynes, R. (2005). Integrative Counseling CD–ROM. Brooks/Cole.

Although not required, this is an excellent resource, which includes lecturette videos and videos of actual counselling sessions by the textbook author, Gerald Corey. In addition, there are key points, reflections, and responses, which can be emailed to your tutor, and additional references, including Web links and links to InfoTrac, a psychology study resource.

Athabasca University Materials

Study Guide: The Study Guide provides unit–by–unit instructions for working your way through the course materials. Be sure to follow the Study Process in each unit. Pay close attention to the Learning Objectives as they indicate what you should accomplish in each unit. Review the unit learning objectives again once you complete a unit, before you go on to the next unit.

Course and Assignment Manual: This Course and Assignment Manual contains information you will need to complete the course successfully. You are advised to read this manual through carefully before you begin your studies. Pay particular attention to the course objectives and the suggested study schedule. They indicate what you should be working on each week and when assignments should be sent in. Detailed descriptions of the course assignments, Midterm Exam, Final Exam, and the instructions for completing them are included in this Manual. Be sure to review the criteria for each of the evaluation components early on in your study process.

Reading File: The Reading File contains an important required reading for Unit 13. The Study Guide will direct you to this reading at the appropriate time.

Forms: The forms you may require to submit an exercise, request an examination or notify the University of a change in your status as a student can be accessed electronically through the myAU portal. If you have any questions or if you need assistance completing any required forms, please contact the AU Information Centre. If you do not have access to the Internet or are unable to obtain the forms online, please contact the AU Information Centre to request that printed copies be sent to you. You can reach the AU Information Centre at 1-800-788-9041.

Online Components

The following online components are not found in your course package, of course, but are listed here to help you see how the entire course package—print and electronic—fits together to provide you with a unified learning experience.

Psychology 406 Home Page: The home page for Psychology 406 can be accessed following the instructions given in the “Psychology 406 Online” section of this Course and Assignment Manual. Only students who are registered in the course will have access to the entire course website.

Digital Reading Room: The Digital Reading Room (DRR) is a function of the Athabasca University Library in support of Psychology 406. You may think of it as an electronic version of a library reserve system, or a virtual reading room. Information on gaining access to the Digital Reading Room is provided in this Course and Assignment Manual, in the Study Guide units, and on the course home page. Read the “Library Services” section of this Course and Assignment Manual and explore the Athabasca University Library online information by clicking on “Library” from the Athabasca University home page at

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