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Postgraduate Course: Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice 1 (CNST12020)

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 provides an intensive practice-focused preparation to enable Counselling and Psychotherapy Professional Programme students to begin their counselling placements and start counselling work, focusing on tasks such as assessment, contracting and building therapeutic relationships with clients.
Course description This course provides an intensive practice-focused preparation to enable Counselling and Psychotherapy Professional Programme students to begin their counselling placements and start counselling work, focusing on tasks such as assessment, contracting and building therapeutic relationships with clients. The course consists of two parts: in semester 1, there is intensive practice skills development workshops using audio- and video-recording, peer and tutor feedback and assessment, culminating in a readiness for practice assessment; in semester 2, students meet in facilitated groups to present on their initial counselling practice with clients as they start in placement. As students begin to negotiate their placements, the course focuses on students' preparation for beginning counselling practice, addressing the issues which arise when embarking on a new venture and joining a new agency/team. The small group context creates a safe learning environment in which personalised guidance from both peers and tutors may be offered to the individual student and students establish a clear sense of their readiness to begin practice with clients. Tutors deliver inputs on practice issues as required, based on the group's needs. This practice-focused course is integrated into the accompanying theory courses for each semester.
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 22.5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 143 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative assessment takes place at the end of each semester through professional practice portfolios. Counselling skills practice and readiness for practice are formally assessed according to professional competency framework stipulated by COSCA, professional accrediting body, including self, peer and tutor assessment components. Professional practice on placement is formally assessed through practice portfolios, including practice logs, reports from professional partners (agency managers, professional mentors and practice supervisors) and student reflective commentary on core competence achievement at this stage in their professional practice development.
Feedback Formative feedback will be given on all aspects of student's learning throughout the course.

Summative feedback will be given on student's Portfolios.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. critically appraise their practice strengths, learning and support needs in beginning counselling practice and forming therapeutic relationships with reference to professional competencies.
  2. conceptualise their professional practice with reference to theoretical resources from both the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives.
  3. accept and integrate peer, tutor and other feedback in relation to their therapeutic practice.
  4. reflect critically on issues of power, diversity and difference in counselling work.
  5. identify, reflect critically on, and act appropriately in relation to, ethical and other challenges they are facing in their counselling practice. To present a coherent account of their practice with clients, including critical reflection on their use of self within the therapeutic relationships and use of supervision.
Reading List
Indicative Reading:

Bond, T. (2000) Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action, London: Sage (2nd edition)

Embleton,Tudor, L., Keeras, K., Tudor, K., Valentine, J. and Worrall, M. (2004) The Person-centred Approach: A Contemporary Introduction. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Feltham, C and Horton, I (eds) (2012) The Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage (3rd edition)

Leiper, R. and Maltby, M. (2004) The Psychodynamic Approach to Therapeutic Change, London: Sage.

Mc Millan, M. (2004) The Person-centred Approach to Therapeutic Change. London: Sage
Proctor, G (2014) Values and Ethics in Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage

Reeves, A (2013) An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage

Spurling, L. (2004) An Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling London: Palgrave Macmillan
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Alongside discipline-specific knowledge and skills, students taking this course develop:

1. the capacity to communicate with, relate to and assist people experiencing problems, worries or distress

2. the ability to work effectively in teams and with supervisors and managers

3. knowledge of working within organisational, policies guidelines and legal requirements

4. experience and understanding of handling ethical challenges

5. skills in presenting practice to peer groups and supervisors
KeywordsCounselling Psychotherapy Practice
Course organiserMr Craig Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3885
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
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