Theories of Counselling & Psychotherapy

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
PSYC 3375
Theories of Counselling & Psychotherapy
Humanities & Social Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Contact Hours

Lecture: 4 hours per week

Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities

Methods of instruction will include some or all of the following:

  • lecture
  • group activities
  • presentations
  • audiovisual media
  • guest lectures.
Course Description
This course surveys the major theories and techniques of foundational and contemporary counselling and psychotherapy, and explores topics such as evidence-based practice, culture and diversity, and common factors important to successful therapy. This course additionally examines the philosophical underpinning of the theories about human nature and change process. It critiques the models from ethical, multicultural, indigenous and social justice perspectives. This course helps to prepare students who are considering advanced study in counselling and psychotherapy.
Course Content
  1. Science, Diversity, and Ethics in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  2. The Effectiveness of Contemporary Counselling and Psychotherapy
  3. Evidence-Based Practice
  4. Common Factors in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  5. Contextual and Collaborative Assessment
  6. Psychodynamic Theory and Techniques
  7. Interpersonal Theory and Techniques
  8. Humanistic Theory and Techniques
  9. Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Techniques
  10. Narrative Therapy and Social Constructivism
  11. Family Theory and Techniques
Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, the successful student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  1. Contemporary counselling and psychotherapy theories.
  2. Contemporary counselling and psychotherapy interventions.
  3. The effectiveness of contemporary counselling and psychotherapy interventions.
  4. Common factors and skills that are core to all counselling and psychotherapy interventions.
  5. Evidence-based practice and empirically supported therapies.
  6. Cultural and diversity issues in counselling and psychotherapy.
  7. Ethical issues in counselling and psychotherapy.
Means of Assessment

The course evaluation will be in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

Students may conduct research with human participants as part of their coursework in this class.  Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving human subjects.

 An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

Research paper - 20%                                           

Exams - 3 at 20% each -  60%

Presentation -  20%                                 

Total - 100%

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

Textbook(s) such as the following, the list to be updated periodically:

Corey, G. (2017). Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (10th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.

Sue, D., & Sue, D.M. Foundations of counselling and psychotherapy: Evidence-based practices for a diverse society(Current ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Canada.

Capuzzi, D. & Gross, D. Counselling and psychotherapy: Theories and interventions (Current ed.). Alexandria, VA: American Counselling Association.


PSYC 1100


PSYC 1200


One of PSYC 2150 or PSYC 2207 or PSYC 2300 or PSYC 2301 or PSYC 2315 or PSYC 2341 or PSYC 2360 or PSYC 2901 or permission of instructor