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Postgraduate Course: Couple and Relationship Counselling 1 (CNST11047)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaCounselling Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides a comprehensive introduction to the practice of counselling couples and relationship work, as conceptualised in the dialogue between psychodynamic perspectives and the person-centred approach. Grounded in theoretical understandings of change in family relationships and contemporary couple relationships, the course examines the therapeutic relationship and process, and the adaptation of approach required, when working with couples on issues which affect their relationship. Topics include: the social and political contexts of family life and coupledom in modern Britain; working with family systems; the significance of early relational experiences; the process of therapeutic work with couples; difference, diversity and power in relationships; therapeutic themes and challenges; the social and political context of therapeutic practice with couples. A distinctive feature of the course is the inclusion of practice sessions, in which participants have the opportunity to practice the application of their learning in listening triads. Students are required to draw on their own family and relationship experiences within class sessions. The rationale for and implications of this personal work will be fully explored in the first sessions.

The course will be delivered through 5 sessions of four hours, through interactive lectures, seminars and practice workshops. Set readings will be given each week.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is also available for visiting Continuing Professional Development students who are qualified or training in counselling or psychotherapy, or practitioners in other fields with a relevant background in relation to the topic.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Other Study Hours 24, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
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 be able to:
? analyse cultural and sociological understandings of contemporary families and relationships
? conceptualise and analyse couples in relationship with reference to issues of difference, diversity and power
? critically appraise the place of couples counselling in current therapeutic thinking and practice
?analyse the main theoretical concepts of couples counselling within the psychodynamic perspective and the person-centred approach
?evaluate how these theoretical ideas inform the practice of counselling in this field
?conceptualise and analyse key themes in the practice of counselling couples with reference to the student?s own practice and personal history
Assessment Information
One 4,000 to 5,000 word essay analysing a key theme in the practice of couple and relationship counselling. Students will critically reflect on the practice theme, drawing on their own practice development and integrating relevant research and literature.
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Course organiserMr Robert Goupillot
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
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