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Postgraduate Course: Professional Accreditation and Personal Development (CNST12014)

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 supports doctoral students to prepare and apply for their individual practitioner accreditation as psychotherapists. This includes planning and executing an individual programme of personal and professional development that equips them with specialist expertise in their chosen areas, and prepares them as novice educators for others training in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. Students participate in a facilitated learning community while planning and completing their portfolios of activity. This includes 10 fortnightly workshops of two hours at which they present plans and work-in-progress at least twice. They are also supported by individual tutorials with relevant members of academic staff.
Course description This course aims to support doctoral students' development as advanced practitioners in counselling and psychotherapy, enabling them to develop portfolios of activity relating to advanced personal development, continuing professional development, work-based projects and the education of others practitioners. This portfolio helps to establish them as practitioners capable of securing individual accreditation and contributing to the advancement of their chosen profession.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, 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 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Fieldwork Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 136 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative assessment is provided through the fortnightly workshops, at which students receive feedback from the course tutor and from other students on their portfolio of work. This course is summatively assessed by means of a portfolio of material that addresses core elements of the requirements for a psychotherapy accreditation application (excluding the clinical case study) amounting to approximately 6,000 - 8,000 words.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. - practise independently, safely and accountably as psychotherapists within professional and ethical frameworks.
  2. - exercise specific professional expertise at the forefront of one or more practice specialisms.
  3. - demonstrate originality and creativity in the development and application of new knowledge, understanding and practices to their practice as psychotherapists.
  4. - exercise a high level of autonomy and initiative in their professional practice.
Reading List
Supporting the development of students working at the doctoral level, academic staff do not prescribe readings but students are expected to search for and select reading relevant to their own portfolio of work. From this material, they prescribe readings to other participants in the learning community to be prepared in advance of student presentations.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. ability to synthesise, analyse and think creatively about complex material and themes
2. ability to respond in creative ways to complex situations
3. ability to maintain a consistent way of working in the context of uncertainty and challenge
4. ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing about own work at the same time as maintaining confidentiality
5. ability to prepare written material for publication
6. capacity to exercise authority, decision-making and ethical judgement in complex professional contexts
7. take full responsibility for own work and relationships with others
KeywordsProfessional Accreditation Personal Development Counselling Psychotherapy
Course organiserDr Jonathan Wyatt
Tel: (0131 6)51 3974
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
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