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Postgraduate Course: Counselling and Psychotherapy Placement 3 (CNST12016)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course requires the completion of a further 150 hours of psychotherapy practice and 30 hours of supervision. Along with the DPsychotherapy Professional Accreditation and Personal Development course, this course completes the professional practice components of the Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling. At this stage, students are required to demonstrate sophisticated clinical skills and decision-making, specialist expertise in one or more areas of practice, originality and creativity in the application of knowledge and skills to their therapeutic practice, and the ability to critically analyse their practice with reference to relevant theoretical concepts and research findings.
Course description The aim of this course is to facilitate students to consolidate their learning from their practice so that they may qualify as accredited counsellors and psychotherapists and take up post-qualifying positions as reflective, self-aware, safe, accountable, ethical and scholarly psychotherapy practitioners, working within one or more specialist areas from a clear theoretical and research base.

This course constitutes the post-qualification and pre-accreditation practice component of the DPsychotherapy. It requires a further 150 hours of therapeutic practice with clients in one or more placement settings under suitable practice supervision.
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 ( Fieldwork Hours 150, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students are active partners in their placement arrangements. They negotiate the particular learning needs for their placements with placement managers and academic staff and have multiple opportunities to offer feedback and evaluate their placement experience.

Professional partners - placement managers, professional mentors and practice supervisors - also meet regularly with academic staff to review placements and how they work to provide suitable practice learning opportunities for students.

The Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice Development Manager (based in the University) oversees the approval process for placements and practice supervisors, consults with students on their placement choices and experiences and works to resolve any problems or difficulties that arise in placement arrangements.

Professional practice is assessed according to professional competency framework for accredited practitioners as stipulated by the UK professional bodies. 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 (agency managers, professional mentors and practice supervisors) and programme tutors. Students maintain a professional log of all practice hours, and individual and group supervision meetings.

The Placement courses are assessed as PASS/FAIL only.
Feedback Students receive formative and summative feedback through practice supervision and work with professional partners, supported by programme tutors.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. practise as a reflective, self-aware, safe, accountable and ethical counselling practitioner, working with a broad range of clients, including clients who have experienced moderate to severe psychological difficulties.
  2. practise with a high level of autonomy and initiative, including in their use of supervision and in collaborations with professional colleagues.
Reading List
Students' reading will be focused in relation to their specific placement work, guided by both academic tutors and professional mentors and supervisors.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Alongside discipline-specific knowledge and skills, students taking this course develop:

1. the capacity to communicate with, relate to and assist people experiencing problems, worries or distress

2. the ability to work effectively in teams and with supervisors and managers

3. knowledge of working within organisational policies, guidelines and legal requirements

4. experience and understanding of handling ethical challenges

5. skills in presenting practice to peer groups and supervisors

6. capacity to exercise authority, decision-making and ethical judgement in complex professional contexts

7. capacity to assume leadership responsibilities in professional work projects
KeywordsCounselling Psychotherapy Placement
Course organiserDr Fiona A Murray
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
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