Postgraduate Course: Psychological vulnerabilities and distress in counselling practice (CNST11062)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course examines human psychological vulnerabilities and distress, as they present and are worked with, in therapeutic practice.
Theories of psychological vulnerability and distress are explored, including concepts from neuroscience, normal and abnormal psychology, trauma studies and attachment. The recovery model is also examined, as are the social and political contexts in which debates around mental health and emotional well-being are conducted. The course focuses on how counselling practitioners make sense of and use such understandings in their practice with clients.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||A 4,000 - 5,000 word essay
||Formative feedback will be given throughout the course, especially in Practice and Process Groups (PPGs).
Summative feedback will be given on the course paper via Learn.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the theories of human psychological vulnerabilities and distress, grounded in the dialogue between person-centred and psychodynamic approaches
- Display the capacity to evaluate the social and political contexts in which debates around mental health and emotional well-being are conducted
- Assess their strengths, learning and support needs in relation to counselling practice with distressed and vulnerable clients
- Display awareness of issues of power, diversity and difference in relation to psychological vulnerabilities and distress.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mrs Alexia Gaitanou
|Course secretary||Miss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671