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Theories of Ethical Counselling Integration

This unit will explore the theories and ethical application of Professional Christian Counselling that seeks to integrate Psychology, Theology and Spirituality.   

Offered: Refer to Timetable

Undergraduate: Level 2

Discipline: DZ Professional Counselling 

This is a core unit of the advanced diploma in Counselling. 

Counselling Integration Practicum.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Engage with and reflect on personal spiritual formation experiences 
  2. Discuss ethical implications of integration from a Christian worldview 
  3. Consider the underlying theoretical and philosophical base of a specific approach to integration. 
  4. Consider the implications of client diversity as it relates to the integration 
  5. Appreciate the complexities of integration in an Australian Context. 


Practical Assessment (6 x 500 words each) 75%
Essay (1,500 words) 25%

Select Bibliography:

*Recommended reading

Entwistle, D. N. (2015). Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity: an introduction to worldview issues, philosophical foundations, and models of integration. Wipf and Stock Publishers. 

Foster, R. J. (2008). Celebration of discipline: the path to spiritual growth. Hodder. 

Foster, R. J. (2018). Streams of Living Water: celebrating the great traditions of Christian faith. Hodder & Stoughton 

Greggo, S. P. & Sisemore, T. A. (2012). Counseling and Christianity: Five Approaches. IVP Academic. 

McMinn, M. & Campbell, C. (2009). Integrative psychotherapy: Toward a comprehensive Christian approach. InterVarsity Press. 

McMinn, M. R. (2008). Sin and grace in Christian counseling: an integrative paradigm. IVP Academic. 

McMinn, M. R. (2011). Psychology, theology, and spirituality in Christian counseling. Tyndale House. 

Richards, P. S. & Bergin, A. E. (2005). A spiritual strategy for counseling and psychotherapy. American Psychological Association.  

Sanders, R. K. (2013). Christian counseling ethics: a handbook for psychologists,  therapists and pastors (2nd ed.). InterVarsity Press