Models of Counselling and Client Change : Graduate Counselling and Applied Psychology (GCAP) 631

Models of Counselling and Client Change (Revision 3)


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Delivery Mode: Paced study; online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Graduate Studies

Prerequisite: None

This course is not open to non-program students.

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

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This course critically examines a wide selection of contemporary counselling models according to their evidentiary support, guiding assumptions, historical and cultural context, and relationship to common factors of change. The intent of this course is to foster an open, inquisitive, appreciative, and flexible attitude towards counselling models associated with the four primary domains of human functioning: cognitive, behavioural, emotional, and relational. Students will also learn about, and critique, the various models of psychotherapy integration.


  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Models of Counselling
  • Lesson 2: Deconstruction of Historical Foundations
  • Lesson 3: Deconstruction of Cultural Foundations
  • Lesson 4: Critical Deconstruction
  • Lesson 5: Evidentiary Traditions in Counselling Outcome Research
  • Lesson 6: Common Factors: The Dodo Bird and Beyond
  • Lesson 7: Therapist Expertise and Soliciting Client Feedback
  • Lesson 8: Preparation Week
  • Lessons 9: Thoughts and Beliefs: Wiki Discussion
  • Lesson 10: Behaviours: Wiki Discussion
  • Lesson 11: Emotions/Sensations: Wiki Discussion
  • Lesson 12: Interpersonal/Relational: Wiki Discussion
  • Lesson 13: Counselling Models: Integration or Disintegration?

Assessment Processes

To receive credit for GCAP 631, students must submit all of the course assignments. The passing grade for the course is 70%.

The weighting of assignments is as follows.

Course Activity Weight
Learning Plan P/F
Participation in Online Discussions 20%
Assignment 1: Person of the Counsellor Reflective Paper 15%
Assignment 2: Critical Deconstruction of Counselling Models Wiki 20%
Assignment 3: Elevator Speech 15%
Assignment 4: Practice Webpage 10%
Assignment 5: Website Supporting Literature 20%
Total 100%

Course Materials

All course materials are available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, May 10, 2017.

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