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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Health in Social Science : Counselling Studies

Postgraduate Course: Beginnings in Counselling Practice (10 credits) (CNST11069)

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) Credits10
Home subject areaCounselling Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides a comprehensive introduction to the theme of beginnings in counselling practice, examining the essential knowledge which beginning counsellors need to commence therapeutic practice, in order to meet the needs of counselling clients entering the therapeutic relationship. The course explores the diversity in professional approaches to contracting, assessment and goal-setting, including the debates around these issues within contemporary social and political contexts. The course focuses intensively on the client┐s experience of making themselves vulnerable to another in commencing therapy and the implications of this for counsellors-in-training, with reference to psychodynamic and person-centred perspectives and practices in relation to understanding this key transitional process for clients. The course also introduces students to the substantial corpus of research related to the therapeutic alliance. The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge and awareness in beginning counselling practice with clients.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students should have

- an understanding of the needs of counselling clients entering the therapeutic relationship and the practice implications of these, including an awareness of issues of power, diversity and difference

- a comprehensive understanding of the importance of the therapeutic alliance and the body of research on this topic

- the capacity to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of approaches to the core activities associated with beginning counselling practice, such as assessment, contracting and goal-setting

- a clear assessment of their strengths, learning and support needs in relation to beginning counselling practice
Assessment Information
A 2,000 word essay
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserMr Seamus Prior
Tel: (0131 6)51 6599
Email: Seamus.Prior@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
Email: Sue.Larsen@ed.ac.uk
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