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Postgraduate Course: Counselling across languages and cultures (CNST11090)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course conceptualises cultural and linguistic differences predominantly from an ethno-geographic perspective. Differences in 'small cultures' will also be acknowledged and explored, as will the concept of multiple intersecting identities.
Students are expected to critique dominant unidimensional approaches to intercultural counselling practice, theory and education and reflect on their own experience of feeling different to others and encountering different others.
Course description The overarching aim of this course is to help students engage critically and creatively with issues of difference and diversity in intercultural counsellor education, theory and practice. This course focuses on situations where language and/or country of origin/nationality/ethnicity are not shared in the therapeutic (or educational) context. This 'large culture' approach is not intending to 'other' foreign individuals or to reduce or overgeneralise their experiences but to attend to issues that seem to be at the core of counselling (and counsellor education) in today's globalised world. This course will help students advance their awareness and understanding of the 'field' of intercultural counselling and will assist them to critically appraise common theories and practices in counselling practice and education. It will also invite them to use creativity for self-reflection and for considering alternative practices in counselling and counsellor education.

The course will be delivered as a series of 8 2.5hr-long seminars. Each seminar will entail theory delivery, reflexive individual work, a creative element to assist self-reflection or promote understanding of the topic, experiential group work and discussion. A 'self-directed learning' approach will be endorsed, with students being invited to have an active role in the direction, focus and deepening of their learning.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical awareness, knowledge and understanding of current issues of counselling in a globalised world
  2. Critically evaluate the appropriateness or transferability of (western) dominant counselling theories and practices in other cultural contexts
  3. Identify, conceptualise and critically reflect on potential opportunities and challenges in inter-cultural counselling
  4. Demonstrate responsibility, initiative and collaboration skills in own learning and ability to communicate this appropriately using creativity or originality
  5. Critically reflect on personal experience to explore the multiple and intersecting ways in which difference and diversity may be present in the counselling room or counsellor education
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Course organiserDr Lorena Georgiadou
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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