Introduction to Theories of Counselling

CNPS 365 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • Three written assignments
  • Class participation
  • On Campus, paper-based final exam


An overview of selected theories of counselling. (UBC Calendar)

The purpose of this online course is to review the most important contemporary theories of counselling and psychotherapy, focusing on: underlying philosophical assumptions, major concepts, view of personality, the therapeutic process, interventions and outcomes. The current approaches to counselling and psychotherapy selected for this course will also be explored with respect to the relations between theorists and their theories, as well as between counsellors and their clients. Cross-cultural and gender-related aspects will be considered for each of the counselling schools under study.

CNPS 365 is a core course in the Diploma in Education – Guidance Studies and in a BA Minor in Education, Interpersonal Development.  This course is a pre-approved elective in the Diploma in Education – Early Years Education and in the Diploma in Education – Infant Development and Supported Child Development.


Students will integrate information from the following sources: the textbook, the online course manual, the supplementary articles assigned to each lesson, and the online class discussions.

Upon the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the theoretical models underlying the various approaches to counselling.
  • Outline the intervention techniques and practical skills associated with various schools of counselling.
  • Outline the similarities and differences among the various approaches to counselling.


Call the UBC Bookstore to order: 604.822.2665, or toll-free in North America: 1.800.661.3889 or

Order online:

  • Corey, Gerald. Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy  Tenth Edition. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage, 2013. ISBN: 9781305263727


This course will be offered online on Canvas –

This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.


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Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122

Latest Revision on: December 20, 2017