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Postgraduate Course: Listening and Attunement (CNST11066)

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SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this module is to introduce 2 key features of counselling and work informed by counselling, namely listening and attunement. These concepts and practices will be explored in relation to the 2 main theoretical frameworks offered on this programme: the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives. In this context, meanings and practices of dialogue will also be discussed, and dialogue between the module tutors and the two main (theoretical) perspectives will be central to teaching and facilitation.
Course description It is designed for people who work in a helping capacity, people who wish to go on to train as counsellors, and people who are interested in the nature of helping relationships more generally. It provides opportunities to understand how counselling theories and practices can be used in a variety of helping relationships, as well as opportunities to develop basic counselling and facilitative listening skills for use in a variety of contexts.
The aim of this course is to introduce two key features of counselling and helping relationships which are informed by counselling; namely Listening and Attunement. These concepts and practices will be explored in relation to the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives. The course will also introduce students to being in a learning community where important aspects of Listening and Attunement will be explored at a practical level and through a critical approach to theory. Students will also be supported to develop their listening skills and the ability to offer constructive feedback through working in listening triads. Students will be encouraged to develop self-awareness by reflecting on personal processes of thinking, feeling and relating and how they might use this learning in their listening practice and wider relationships.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and critically explore key features of the two main theoretical perspectives, using relevant literature and research.
  2. Analyse the distinction between counselling and related practices.
  3. Identify and practice the key listening, responding and attunement skills involved in counselling and related practices.
  4. Identify and explore key concepts employed in analysing the counselling relationship, using the relevant literature.
  5. Develop self-awareness by learning to attend to and reflect on their personal processes of thinking, feeling, relating and acting, and begin to incorporate this in their practice. Access and critically evaluate research literature relevant to the development of the two perspectives, with reference to theory and practice.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion of this course students should be able to:
- Have a greater understanding of their motivation and interest in relation to counselling and related practices
- Understand the significance of key themes of listening and attunement from both the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives
- Show a greater familiarity with appropriate literature relevant to listening and attunement.
- Identify and practice basic listening and responding skills
- Demonstrate development in their self-awareness by attending to and reflecting on personal processes of thinking, feeling and relating, incorporating this learning in listening practice.
- Show enhanced capacity to reflect on personal attitudes, values and skills in the listening role and utilise feedback provided by others
Additional Class Delivery Information Students are given the option to choose one out of the three deliveries a week, they wish to attend. Once a delivery day has been selected the student must remain with that particular cohort for the duration of the Certificate
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Course organiserMr Robert Goupillot
Tel: (0131 6)50 4328
Course secretaryMs Leopoldine Barde
Tel: (0131 6)50 3890
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