SCQF Level: 11
Module Code: CNS009
Credit Value: 20
Term: Term 3
School: School of Social and Health Sciences
This module covers essential learning in counselling theory. In addition it addresses key areas of practice including counselling contracts, ethical issues, personal soundness, supervision, and professional skills
The aim of this module is to provide the student with the knowledge and capacity to develop as a trainee practitioner. Students are expected to be ready to begin placement by the end this module. Teaching is designed to progress students from the application of counselling skills, to becoming increasingly proficient in management of counselling session, client goals and case formulation. It will also provide skills in decision making on ethical issues, and enabling aspects of on-going personal resilience.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Have competencies in a range of counselling interventions and the ability to accurately self-assess competence in counselling interventions and learning needs
2. Demonstrate critical understanding of counselling contexts... and the requirements for readiness to enter a trainee practice placement.
3. Show a working knowledge of ethical and professional procedures for working with vulnerable people
4. Show a commitment to on-going professional development and learning
5. Understand the role of supervision, and understand their own supervisory needs
6. Have an awareness of own biases and preferences in terms of concepts and activities engaged in when working with clients, and reflection on their origins
1 Contexts and availability of counselling
Understanding counselling provision in the third sector, NHS and other organisations. Have knowledge of common presentations in counselling and appropriate responses by counsellors
2 Ethical issues in counselling
Knowledge around professional guidelines, ethical decision-making, and utilitarian and de-ontological approaches to ethical practice. Collaborative exploration of ethical dilemmas.
3 Personal soundness and resiliance
An understanding of the role of self-awareness in counselling practitioners, and the development of a personal approach to resiliance and self-care
4 Intervention skills
Knowledge of the pluralistic model and conceptualisations of common theoretical approaches in terms of the understandings of distress and how problems develop, goals and tasks appropriate to different experiences and methods used by counsellors to address these tasks
5 Counselling supervision
Appreciate the significance of key domains within the process of counselling supervision: Educational, Reflective, Developmental, Supportive, and Managerial.
6 Counselling practice
Assembling a portfolio with evidence of: self-awareness, maturity and stability; reflection on life experience; capacity to cope with emotional demands of client work; ability to use theory; ability to form a helping relationship; ability to be self-critical and use feedback; awareness of the nature of prejudice, oppression, difference and equality; recognition of the need for personal and professional support and generic professional skills
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
This term 3 module will be run as a series of workshops over six weeks, involving full day attendance. The day will be split in to theory, group discussion and skills activities. Active engagement with Pebblepad is required to enable students to write the reflective essay, weekly guided tasks will be provided online for directed learning
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
|Supervised Practical Activity||12|
|Unsupervised Practical Activity||0|
Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.