Postgraduate Course: Counselling and Psychotherapy Placement 1 (CNST12018)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Aligned with Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice 1, students undertake Counselling and Psychotherapy Placement 1 through the completion of 75 hours of psychotherapy and counselling practice with their own clients in an approved counselling placement agency and 15 hours of related practice supervision with an approved supervisor.
The aim of this course is to foster the development of students in counselling practice, increasing their self-awareness as reflective practitioners, their capacity to establish and develop effective counselling relationships with clients and fostering the development of the theoretical base which informs their practice.
This course is the first placement course for students on professional programmes in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Aligned with Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice 1, students undertake Counselling and Psychotherapy Placement 1 through the completion of 75 hours of psychotherapy and counselling practice with their own clients in an approved counselling placement agency and 15 hours of related practice supervision with an approved supervisor. It is assessed in relation to the core competencies for counselling and psychotherapy practice as laid down by the professional body.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 15,
Fieldwork Hours 75,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Students are active partners in their placement arrangements. They negotiate the particular learning needs for their placements with placement managers and academic staff and have multiple opportunities to offer feedback and evaluate their placement experience.
Professional partners, placement managers, professional mentors and practice supervisors will also meet regularly with academic staff to review placements and how they work to provide suitable practice learning opportunities for students.
The Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice Development Manager (based in the University) oversees the approval process for placements and practice supervisors, consults with students on their placement choices and experiences and works to resolve any problems or difficulties that arise in placement arrangements.
Professional practice is assessed according to the professional competency framework stipulated by COSCA, professional accrediting body. Students receive formative and summative assessment through practice supervision and work with professional partners, supported by programme tutors. Successful completion of practice hours is confirmed by professional partners (agency managers, professional mentors and practice supervisors) and programme tutors. Students maintain a professional log of all practice hours, and individual and group supervision meetings.
The Counselling and Psychotherapy Placement courses are assessed as PASS/FAIL only.
||Students receive formative and summative assessment through practice supervision and work with professional partners, supported by programme tutors.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- establish and maintain therapeutic relationships with clients.
- undertake effective assessment and contracting processes with new clients.
- engage reflectively and openly in supervision of practice, using feedback to enhance practice.
- work collaboratively with colleagues in a practice placement agency, including working effectively within the policies and procedures of the setting.
|Students reading will be focused in relation to their specific placement work, guided by both academic tutors and professional mentors and supervisors.|
|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
|Keywords||Counselling Psychotherapy Placement
|Course organiser||Mr Craig Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3885
|Course secretary||Miss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671