Postgraduate Course: Counselling and Psychotherapy Placement 1B (CNST12023)
|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 is the second placement course for students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue). Students undertake Counselling and Psychotherapy Placement 1B through completion of 50 hours of practice with clients in an approved counselling placement agency and 8 hours of related practice supervision with an approved supervisor. This takes the cumulative total from Counselling and Psychotherapy Placement 1A and 1B to 75 hours of practice with clients in an approved counselling placement agency and 12 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 capacities to establish appropriate and maintain effective counselling relationships with clients, to work appropriately within organizational contexts, to develop sufficient self-awareness for ethical therapeutic practice, to be able to conceptualise their practice with respect to relevant theoretical concepts, and to identify their strengths, learning and support needs.
This course is the second placement course for students on professional programmes in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences. Aligned with Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice 1B, students undertake 75 hours of practice with clients in an approved counselling placement agency and 12 hours of related practice supervision with an approved supervisor. The course is assessed in relation to the core competencies for counselling and psychotherapy practice identified by COSCA, the professional validating body.
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 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 75,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5,
Formative Assessment Hours 8,
Summative Assessment Hours 10,
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. This course is assessed as Pass/Fail only.
Professional practice is assessed according to the professional competency framework stipulated by COSCA, the accrediting body. This is published in 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 feedback through participation in weekly practice and process groups, written feedback on assignments, 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 developing counselling practice and forming and maintaining 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.
|Rønnestad, M.H. and T.M. Skovholt, The journey of the counselor and therapist: Research findings and perspectives on professional development. Journal of Career Development, 2003. 30(1): p. 5-44.|
Skovholt, T.M., M.H. Rønnestad, and L. Jennings, Searching for expertise in counseling, psychotherapy, and professional psychology. Educational Psychology Review, 1997. 9(4): p. 361-369.
|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