Postgraduate Course: Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice 1B (CNST12024)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course provides an intensive practice-focused preparation to enable students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) to develop as reflective practitioners able to maintain appropriate therapeutic relationships with their clients. The focus is on developing the capacity to conceptualise practice with respect to person-centred and psychodynamic theoretical concepts, to work appropriately within the boundaries of ethical, professional and organizational expectations and requirements, to increase self-awareness and use of self as a therapeutic practitioner.
This 10-credit course provides an intensive practice-focused preparation to enable students to develop as reflective practitioners able to maintain appropriate therapeutic relationships with their clients. The focus is on developing the capacity to conceptualise practice with respect to person-centred and psychodynamic theoretical concepts, to work appropriately within the boundaries of ethical, professional and organizational expectations and requirements, to increase self-awareness and use of self as a therapeutic practitioner.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Students are required to have regular counselling supervision with an approved supervisor, in keeping with professional and ethical requirements. Where placement agencies do not offer in-house supervision with an approved supervisor, students will be required to arrange such supervision themselves and to meet the associated costs (typically £40-£60 per session)
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 25,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5,
Formative Assessment Hours 8,
Summative Assessment Hours 45,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Summative assessment is through submission of portfolio B, which includes reports from supervisor(s) and placement manager(s), a validated log of supervised client hours, and student reflections on development in therapeutic ability, illustrated via practice examples. The portfolio is graded according to the common postgraduate marking scheme and assessed in relation to the core competencies specified by our professional validating body.
Professional practice is assessed according to the professional competency framework stipulated by COSCA, the accrediting body. This is published in the student handbooks. 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 (placement managers and supervisors) through written reports and signed logs of all practice hours, and individual and group supervision meetings.
||Students receive ongoing formative assessment and feedback through participation in weekly practice and process groups, personal tutorials and in counselling supervision.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will be able to critically appraise their practice strengths, learning and support needs in beginning counselling practice and forming therapeutic alliances with clients, with reference to professional competencies
- Students will be able to conceptualise their professional practice with reference to theoretical resources from both the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives, such that they can present a coherent account of their practice with clients and practice appropriate therapeutic use of self in varying, complex circumstances
- Students will be able to accept and integrate peer, tutor and other feedback in relation to the development of their therapeutic practice, including critical reflection on their use of supervision
- Students will be able to reflect critically on issues of power, difference and diversity in counselling work
- Students will be able to identify, reflect critically on, and act appropriately in relation to, ethical, professional and other challenges they face in their counselling practice.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The ability to build and maintain relationships.
To know how to have difficult conversations about relationships and change.
The ability to identify and evaluate options to solve complex problems
The ability to analyse facts and situations and apply creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions
The capacity to use information and knowledge effectively
To have an understanding of contextually relevant ethics and values, self-awareness, mental flexibility and openness, resilience and a commitment to life-long learning
To be critically self-aware, self-reflective and to manage self in order to fulfil potential
Learn how to deal with setbacks and failures and learn and develop from these.
To seek and value open feedback to help self-awareness and to support ongoing development.
The ability to work with people from a range of backgrounds and cultures.
To have excellent oral communication skills and the ability to adapt communication for different people, situations, and cultures.
|Course organiser||Mr Seamus Prior
Tel: (0131 6)51 6599
|Course secretary||Miss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671