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Postgraduate Course: Counselling Practice and Process Course 1 (CNST11023)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaCounselling Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides an intensive practice-focused preparation to enable students to begin their counselling placements. The core work of the course is a series of practice development workshops in which students' listening practice is audio- and video-recorded and they receive feedback from peers and tutors, as well as undertaking self-assessment. As students begin to negotiate their placements, the course focuses on students' preparation for beginning counselling practice, addressing the issues which arise when embarking on a new venture and joining a new agency/team. The small group context creates a safe learning environment in which personalised guidance from both peers and tutors may be offered to the individual student and students establish a clear sense of their readiness to begin practice with clients. Tutors deliver inputs on practice issues as required, based on the group's needs. This practice-focused course is integrated into the accompanying theory course for this semester: The Counselling Relationship: Theory, Practice and Process.

Course Rationale
This course is integral to counselling students beginning counselling practice.

Course Aim
The aim of this course is to prepare students for beginning their counselling placements.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information 6 hour(s) per week for 2 week(s). In addition, a 2 day intensive (6 hours per day) attendance is required. Details to follow.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 35, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Placement Study Abroad Hours 25, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 136 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students should have
* a thorough understanding of personal and professional issues in beginning their counselling practice with clients
* a clear assessment of their strengths, learning and support needs in relation to beginning counselling practice and forming therapeutic relationships
* an ability to accept and integrate feedback, assessment and guidance regarding their counselling practice from tutors and peers
* the capacity to analyse their motivation to choose a particular counselling placement
* a heightened awareness of the processes involved in new beginnings: for themselves, for their clients and for the teams/agencies they are joining, with reference to issues of power, diversity and difference
Assessment Information
Professional portfolio 1: logs and reports equivalent to 4,000 words. A key component of this first portfolio is the student's assessment of their readiness to practise and of their capacity to form therapeutic relationships with clients, incorporating tutors' and peers' contributions to this assessment. The portfolio also contains an analysis of the transcript of one of the student's recorded listening practice sessions. A further report required is an outline of the placement context the student has chosen to pursue, including an analysis of their motivation to enter this particular placement.
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Course organiserMs Siobhan Canavan
Tel: (0131 6)51 6231
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
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