Applied Counseling Theories – EDCO 715

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

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




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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Evaluate major and emerging counseling theories in regards to their strengths, weaknesses, and empirical support
    2. Conceptualize cases from a variety of different counseling theoretical perspectives.
    3. Apply multiple counseling theories in the development of interventions with diverse client populations
    4. Analyze counseling theories from a Christian worldview framework
    5. Develop a counseling theory that utilizes a biblical worldview with meaningful application
    6. Synthesize various counseling theories into an initial personal counseling theoretical model.


Course Assignment

Course Requirement Checklist

Class Introduction

In Week 1, you will create a brief personal biography introducing yourself to me and to the rest of the class. This brief biography can be a video or written post. It may include some of the following (this is not an exhaustive list, be creative!): Your current job, cultural/family background, hobbies, and a recent picture. Share only what you are comfortable with and feel free to add any other details that you wish.

Textbook readings, articles, and lecture presentations/notes.

The student is responsible for all materials included in this course.

Discussion Boards

Three discussion boards will explore therapy demonstrations of various models of counseling. Original posts will be developed in response to the provided prompt on Tuesday of the assigned week. This can be a video, narrated PowerPoint, Videoscribe, written post, etc. (See guidelines in Blackboard). You will develop responses to students who post on your thread and replies to two other students’ original posts over a three day period, ending on Sunday of the assigned week. See guidelines and the rubric in the Assignment Instructions tab in Blackboard.

(The Discussion Boards meet learning outcomes A-D)

Contemporary Theory Presentation/Creative Project

With the course instructor’s assistance, students will form groups and collaboratively research, evaluate, and present a contemporary counseling theory. The group may develop a PowerPoint presentation; however, it may also utilize an Adobe creative suite software, making a video, narrated PowerPoint, group-developed web page, etc. as an alternative to a PowerPoint presentation. Students will interact with other groups around their projects as part of the assignment.

(The Contemporary Theory Presentation meets course learning outcomes A-D)

Personal Counseling Theory Paper/Creative Project

The student will combine class resources and additional outside research (ten additional sources) to develop a 15-20 page paper (not including title page, abstract, and references) describing their emerging “working theory” of counseling. Alternatively, the student will develop a creative project utilizing an Adobe suite software or other software. The project will address similar content. The student should contact the instructor and present the idea when choosing this option for clarification of expectations.

(The Counseling Theory Paper meets course learning outcomes A-F)

Quizzes (2)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 80 multiple-choice True-False questions, and have a 2 hour and 40 minute time limit.

(The quizzes will meet course learning outcomes A, B, and D)