Applied Counseling Theories – EDCO 715

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

A review, examination, and critique of counseling research, concepts and theory constructs with application in various community settings and populations.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


As a basis for their work in the human services field, counselors and community care workers must demonstrate a thorough understanding of counseling theories and treatment strategies in the care of their clients. Applying such strategies within a Christian worldview framework permits a holistic approach that addresses the emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual dimensions of the client.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, articles, and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Resources.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least two classmates' threads. For each Discussion, the initial thread must be at least 800 words and the replies must be at least 400 words. All posts must demonstrate correct, formal writing style in current APA format.

(Meets learning outcomes A-D)

Contemporary Theory Presentation Topic Selection Assignment

The student will select a topic for the Discussion: Contemporary Theory Presentation that will be given later in the class.

Discussion: Contemporary Theory Presentation

The student will research, evaluate, and present a contemporary counseling theory to the class. The presentation should address the major components of the theory as outlined in the assignment instructions.The student may develop the presentation using Adobe creative suite software, video, narrated PowerPoint, a web page, etc.

(Meets course learning outcomes A-D)

Personal Counseling Theory Paper Assignment

The student will combine various prescribed sources and additional outside research to describe their emerging “working theory” of counseling. The working theory can either focus on one secular theory that the student likes, or be a combination of several secular theories that the student finds interesting.

(Meets course learning outcomes A-F)

Quizzes (2)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned modules: weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 80 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 2 hour and 40 minute time limit.

(Meets course learning outcomes A, B, and D)