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Postgraduate Course: Practice Seminar in Counselling and Psychotherapy (CNST12015)

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 provides an advanced, specialist exploration, analysis and application of the therapeutic relationship as conceptualised within the person-centred approach and/or psychodynamic perspectives with reference to students' own clinical practice. It examines current debates in counselling and psychotherapy, relating key contemporary conceptual and research themes and issues to the clinical work in which practitioners engage.
Course description This course aims to support doctoral student development as advanced practitioners in counselling and psychotherapy, enabling them to complete high quality case studies of their own clinical work appropriate for applications for individual accreditation and potentially for publication.
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 Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative assessment is provided through fortnightly seminars where students receive feedback from the course tutor and from other students about their own clinical case presentation. This course is summatively assessed by one 4,000 to 5,000 word essay, analysing the student's clinical practice with one or more clients.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an advanced, specialist understanding of the significance of the therapeutic relationship in the theory and practice of person-centred and/or psychodynamic counselling.
  2. Conceptualise, analyse and present the development and impact of therapeutic relationships with reference to their own clinical practice.
Reading List
Supporting the development of students working at the doctoral level, academic staff do not prescribe readings but students are expected to search for and select reading relevant to their own clinical work. From this material, they prescribe readings to other participants in the seminar to be prepared in advance of student presentations.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. ability to synthesise, analyse and think creatively about complex material and themes
2. ability to respond in creative ways to complex situations
3. ability to maintain a consistent way of working in the context of uncertainty and challenge
4. ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing about own work at the same time as maintaining confidentiality
5. ability to prepare written material for publication
6. capacity to exercise authority, decision-making and ethical judgement in complex professional contexts
7. take full responsibility for own work and relationships with others
KeywordsPractice Seminar Counselling Psychotherapy
Course organiserMs Zoi Simopoulou
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
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