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Postgraduate Course: Transitions, Endings and Beginnings (CNST12012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores the theme of transitions, endings and beginnings as students are deepening their knowledge and experience of therapeutic practice, coming to the end of their professional training in counselling and preparing themselves for working as qualified counsellors.
Course description Students consolidate their knowledge of the central tasks of counselling in facilitating change and growth in clients and examine the process of the formation of new and altered identities through integrating personal experience with professional counselling practice. Theories of attachment, separation and loss, endings and beginnings, change and transition will be revisited. The course analyses counselling as a contemporary social phenomenon, locating counselling within specific social, cultural and political contexts. Students are required to define their own professional, theoretical and political orientations as practising counsellors.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 60, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 136 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 4,000 to 5,000 summative essay, designed to assess learning through the preceding 18 months of professional training in relation to the five strands of theoretical engagement, practices and processes of counselling, self and other awareness, professional and socio-cultural issues and research themes and debates.
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. explore experientially and theoretically the theme of negotiating identities in transition
  2. relate this theme to the totality of the counselling relationship, to therapeutic processes and to personal experience
  3. demonstrate a critical understanding and awareness of the processes of change and growth, loss and separation, involved in making transitions
  4. identify, reflect upon and develop a focused and specialist analysis of the personal and interpersonal tasks involved in completing a professional training in counselling and / or psychotherapy
  5. evaluate personal and professional learning, establishing a clear sense of their orientation as a counselling or psychotherapy practitioner
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserMs Sharan Collins
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
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