Undergraduate Course: Psychology of Counselling (PSYL10118)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course offers advanced psychology students an opportunity to examine some of the core psychological processes at work in counselling and psychotherapy. The course will cover:
Client characteristics, including conceptualisations of distress, mental illness, wellbeing, attachment style, and interpersonal functioning. Therapist characteristics, including theoretical orientation, the issue of technique versus non-technique, and therapeutic and non-therapeutic events. The therapeutic relationship, including transference and countertransference, the contract and working alliance, attachment theory, listening and dialogue, and contrasts between existential-phenomenological and medical stances. Cultural considerations, including considerations for working with special populations and minorities including clients who are gay, lesbian or bisexual, or of different race and culture. Counselling ethics, including concepts of beneficence and non-maleficence, boundaries, supervision, and awareness of professional development and the limits of counselling.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Degree major in Psychology and passes in Psychology courses at least to the equivalent of Junior Honours level in Edinburgh. Prior agreement with the 4th Year Honours Course Organiser
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 2 (Sem 1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Tutor and peer feedback based on weekly practical exercises and demonstrations.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Psychology of Counselling||1:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the counselling process and outcomes, and concepts of health and wellbeing.
- Understand both practical and theoretical aspects of the therapeutic contract and relationship.
- Appreciate differences between theoretical orientations and their implications for practice.
- Appreciate the therapeutic value of talking and the limits of counselling.
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Billy Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3342
|Course secretary||Ms Stephanie Fong
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733