Module title: Counselling Psychology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY09104
Module leader: Grant Jeffrey
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2020/1, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Grant Jeffrey
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning and teaching on this module demands active student involvement and participation on several levels, academic, practical and personal. The successful achievement of the learning outcomes relies heavily on commitment and good spirit from the participants. The assessment of the module requires academic and critical thinking but also introspection and personal insight. The strength of the module is the interweaving of the academic and personal components so active involvement in tutorials is essential.

There are two lectures a week for 11 weeks supported by 11 tutorials. 7 of the tutorials are focused exclusively on interpersonal skills development work (LO4) and the rest are based on set reading and lecture content (LO 2, 3). The academic and critical theory presented in the lectures is complemented by a softer and more practical and exploratory tone in the tutorials. Both the theory from the lectures (LO 1, 2, 3, 4) and the student's experiences of practical work will be assessed. Students are encouraged to develop and revaluate their own perspective on helping communities and their own ethics and values with regard to non-professional helping (LO2, 3, 4). The interpersonal skills component and the presentation skills component are ideally placed to add to the personal development and employability skills of all the participants and to help the decision making processes of those interested in developing a career in counselling related areas.
Students will be expected to participate in thorough reflection on their own helping skills and their personal values relating to helping and supporting others.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is given via feedback in skills sessions in tutorials; students also undertake discussion of core readings in tutorials which enables feedback on understanding of key issues relevant to their written assignments.

Summative Assessment:
The summative essays allow development of writing skills over the module; feedback on the first essay being available prior to submission of the second essay.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1 & 4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Essay 50 2 & 3 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Counselling will be explored in its wider social context. The relationship between changing social structures (such as the decline of the extended family, decline in organised religion) and the rise in the counselling movement will be explored. The relationship between differing models of counselling and cultural diversity and social and personal values will be investigated, and the implications of the separating and individualising strategies of counsellors for our wider sense of community (and community based non-professional helping) will be analysed and debated.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate a critical perspective on the reasons for the emergence of the modern counselling movement.
LO2: Compare and contrast the social, philosophical and ethical implications of various models of counselling.
LO3: Evaluate the implications of counselling strategies that separate and individualise people for our wider sense of community.
LO4: Develop a personal critique of your own helping skills and your values relating to both counselling and non-professional helping.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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