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Undergraduate Course: Psychology of Counselling (PSYL10118)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Research Methods and Statistics 2 (PSYL10126) AND Research Methods & Statistics 3 (PSYL10127)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesDegree 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Block 2 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative assessment
Tutor and peer feedback based on weekly practical exercises and demonstrations.

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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Psychology of Counselling1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the counselling process and outcomes, and concepts of health and wellbeing.
  2. Understand both practical and theoretical aspects of the therapeutic contract and relationship.
  3. Appreciate differences between theoretical orientations and their implications for practice.
  4. Appreciate the therapeutic value of talking and the limits of counselling.
Reading List
Indicative Bibliography

Adams, M. (2010). Losing One's Voice: Dialogical Psychology and the Unspeakable. Theory & Psychology, 20, 342-361.
Besley, A. C. (2002). Foucault and the turn to narrative therapy. British Journal of Guid-ance & Counselling, 30, 125-143.
Burkitt, I. (2010). Fragments of Unconscious Experience: Towards a Dialogical, Rela-tional, and Sociological Analysis. Theory & Psychology, 20, 322-341.
Cornforth, S. (2010). Bridging the gap: weaving humanism and poststructuralism. Brit-ish Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 38, 167-178.
Finlay, L. (2009). Debating phenomenological research methods. Phenomenology and Practice, 3, 6-25.
Frank, A.W. (2001). Can we research suffering? Qualitative Health Research, 11, 353-362.
Freud, S. (1923). The ego and the id. Standard Edition, vol. XIX. London: Hogarth.
Frosh, S. (2010). Psychoanalysis outside the clinic. Palgrave Macmillan.
Gadamer, H-G. (1991). Truth and method. (J. Weinsheimer & D. Marshall, Trans. 2nd ed.). New York: Crossroad. (Original work published 1960).
Gendlin, E. (2003). Beyond Postmodernism: From concepts through experiencing. In Understanding Experience: Psychotherapy and Postmodernism (Ed. R Frie). Routledge.
Giorgi, B. (2005). Reflections on therapeutic practice guided by a Husserlian perspec-tive, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 36, 141-194.
Gurevich, H. (2008). The language of absence. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 89, 561-578.
Lacan, J. (1953). The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis. In J. Lacan, Ecrits. New York: Norton, 2005.
Leseho, J. & Block, L. (2005). "Listen and I tell you something": Storytelling and social action in the healing of the oppressed. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 33, 2005.
Ogden, T. (2007). Elements of analytic style: Bion¿s clinical seminars. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 88, 1185-1200.
Orange, D. (2010). Hans-Georg Gadamer: Undergoing the Situation With the Other. In Thinking for Clinicians. Routledge. pp. 99-118.
Owen, I. R. (1991). Using the sixth sense: The place and relevance of language in coun-selling. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 19, 307-320.
Reik, T. (1954). Listening with the Third Ear: The inner experience of a psychoanalyst. New York: Farrar Strauss and Co.
Rennie, D. L. (2004). Reflexivity and person-centred counseling. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 44, 182-203.
Ricoeur, P. (1970). Freud and Philosophy: An Essay on Interpretation. Trans. Denis Savage. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1970 (1965).
Smith, J. A. (2007). Hermeneutics, human sciences and health: linking theory and prac-tice. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 2, 3-11.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Billy Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3342
Course secretaryMs Stephanie Fong
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
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