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Postgraduate Course: Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice 2 (CNST12019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is integral to professional programme students┐ consolidation of their learning in their counselling and psychotherapy practice, the assessment of their readiness to qualify and their preparation for post-qualifying practice.
Course description This course is integral to professional programme students┐ consolidation of their learning in their counselling and psychotherapy practice, the assessment of their readiness to qualify and their preparation for post-qualifying practice. This course runs through the whole of Year 2 of the full-time professional programme and Year 3 of the part-time programme. It is the context in which students engage in in-depth discussion and analysis of their continuing counselling practice with clients. Tutors deliver inputs on practice issues as required, based on the group┐s needs. Towards the end of this course, students and tutors work together to provide summative feedback and assessment on each student┐s practice development through the Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice Courses, identifying future post-qualifying learning and development needs. This practice-focused course is integrated into the accompanying theory courses for each semester.

The aim of this course is to facilitate students to consolidate their learning from their counselling and psychotherapy practice so that they may qualify as practitioners and take up post-qualifying positions as reflective, self-aware, safe, accountable and ethical counselling practitioners, working from a clear theoretical base.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 37.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Students provide feedback to tutors throughout course, both in open discussion of their learning needs and how these are being met, and in completion of course evaluation forms at the end of each semester. This includes student feedback on formative and summative assessment approaches.
2. Course facilitators meet weekly to review work in different groups and agree themes for further work and changes and development to course in light of student feedback.
3. Professional partners ┐ placement managers, professional mentors and practice supervisors ┐ also meet regularly with academic staff to review the course and its success in meeting its aims of preparing students for placement and supporting them in their initial months of practice.
4. Professional programme academic team, working across different years and cohorts, reviews course curriculum, structure, assessment etc each semester, taking into account feedback from external examiners.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To practise as a reflective, self-aware, safe, accountable and ethical counselling practitioner.
  2. To articulate a clear and coherent theoretical orientation which serves as the foundation for their therapeutic practice.
  3. To critically appraise their practice strengths, learning and support needs as a qualifying practitioner with reference to professional competencies.
  4. To analyse and reflect critically on issues of difference, diversity and power in relation to counselling practice, demonstrating the ability to counter discrimination and to act to empower clients.
  5. To conceptualise, analyse and present the development and impact of therapeutic relationships with reference to counselling practice with individual clients.

    To use supervision and feedback effectively to enhance practice competence.
Reading List
Indicative Reading:
Keyes, S. (2003) Idiosyncratic Person-centred Therapy: from the Personal to the Universal. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books
Levy, S and Lemma, A. (2004) The Perversion of Loss. Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Trauma. London: Whurr
Mearns, D., and Cooper, M (2005) Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy, London: Sage.
Rowan, J. and Jacobs, M. (2002) The Therapist┐s Use of Self, London, Sage
Tudor, K. and Worrall, M (2003) Freedom to Practise. Person-centred
Approaches to Supervision. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books
Wheeler, S (ed) (2006) Difference and Diversity in Counselling: Contemporary Psychodynamic Perspectives, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Wosket, V. (1999) The Therapeutic Use of Self. Counselling Practice, Research and Supervision. London: Routledge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsCounselling Psychotherapy Practice
Course organiserMr Seamus Prior
Tel: (0131 6)51 6599
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
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