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Postgraduate Course: Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice 2 (CNST12019)

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 is integral to professional programme students¿ consolidation of their learning in their counselling and psychotherapy practice, the assessment of their readiness to qualify and their preparation for post-qualifying practice.
Course description The aim of this course is to facilitate students to consolidate their learning from their counselling and psychotherapy practice so that they may qualify as practitioners and take up post-qualifying positions as reflective, self-aware, safe, accountable and ethical counselling practitioners, working from a clear theoretical base.

This course is integral to professional programme students¿ consolidation of their learning in their counselling and psychotherapy practice, the assessment of their readiness to qualify and their preparation for post-qualifying practice. This course runs through the whole of Year 2 of the full-time professional programme and Year 3 of the part-time programme. It is the context in which students engage in in-depth discussion and analysis of their continuing counselling practice with clients. Tutors deliver inputs on practice issues as required, based on the group¿s needs. Towards the end of this course, students and tutors work together to provide summative feedback and assessment on each student¿s practice development through the Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice Courses, identifying future post-qualifying learning and development needs. This practice-focused course is integrated into the accompanying theory courses for each semester.
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 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 37.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative assessment takes place at the end of each semester through professional practice portfolios. Counselling skills practice and readiness for practice are formally assessed according to professional competency framework stipulated by COSCA, professional accrediting body, including self, peer and tutor assessment components. Professional practice on placement is formally assessed through practice portfolios, including practice logs, reports from professional partners (agency managers, professional mentors and practice supervisors) and student reflective commentary on core competence achievement at this stage in their professional practice development. Practice is assessed according to the professional competency framework stipulated by COSCA, professional accrediting body, and includes self, peer and tutor assessment.
Feedback Formative feedback will be given on all aspects of student's learning throughout the course.

Summative feedback will be given on student's Portfolios.
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.
  2. articulate a clear and coherent theoretical orientation which serves as the foundation for their therapeutic practice.
  3. critically appraise their practice strengths, learning and support needs as a qualifying practitioner with reference to professional competencies.
  4. analyse and reflect critically on issues of difference, diversity and power in relation to counselling practice, demonstrating the ability to counter discrimination and to act to empower clients.
  5. conceptualise, analyse and present the development and impact of therapeutic relationships with reference to counselling practice with individual clients. To use supervision and feedback effectively to enhance practice competence.
Reading List
Indicative Reading:
Keyes, S. (2003) Idiosyncratic Person-centred Therapy: from the Personal to the Universal. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books
Levy, S and Lemma, A. (2004) The Perversion of Loss. Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Trauma. London: Whurr
Mearns, D., and Cooper, M (2005) Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy, London: Sage.
Rowan, J. and Jacobs, M. (2002) The Therapist¿s Use of Self, London, Sage
Tudor, K. and Worrall, M (2003) Freedom to Practise. Person-centred
Approaches to Supervision. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books
Wheeler, S (ed) (2006) Difference and Diversity in Counselling: Contemporary Psychodynamic Perspectives, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Wosket, V. (1999) The Therapeutic Use of Self. Counselling Practice, Research and Supervision. London: Routledge.
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
KeywordsCounselling Psychotherapy Practice
Course organiserMs Tanya Richardson
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
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