When you have completed Psychology 406: Introduction to
Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy, you should be able to
achieve the following course objectives.
Describe the relationship between worldview, personal
characteristics, and counselling theory.
Articulate the importance of establishing a personal
theory of counselling and psychotherapy and the process (or
processes) by which that might occur.
Identify the essential components of a complete “theory”
of counselling or psychotherapy.
Articulate the way in which these components are
addressed across the various theoretical models.
Critically assess the similarities and differences across
approaches, as well as the strengths and limitations of each
Identify personal values, beliefs, and worldview, and
evaluate the impact of your assumptions on the personal fit of each
theoretical framework and of the components of the counselling and
Describe the application of the various counselling and
psychotherapy models to the process of addressing various client
concerns through the use of case studies.
Critically evaluate the viability of an integrative
approach that draws on components of various conceptual
Begin to articulate a personal perspective on human
nature, development and definition of client problems, the nature
of the client–counsellor relationship, and the process and
techniques for facilitating change and growth.