Counselling Skills and Personal Development | Abertay University

Counselling Skills and Personal Development


This module is designed to help students develop competence in the practical skills of counselling and to help students consider the link between personal identity and role


The aim of this module is to facilitate development of practical skills and personal and professional development

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate basic competence in counselling

2.  Critically analyse their own counselling performance using an integrationist perspective

3.  Understand the process of critical reflection on practice

4.  Give and receive feedback

5.  Demonstrate an awareness of personal factors that influence the counselling process

Indicative Content

1 Core issues

Working with anxiety, fear, hopelessness and depression

2 Skills

An integrationist aproach to goals, tasks and methods, Creating a space. Establishing and maintaining a counselling realtionship. Factors that affect the counseling relationship

3 Personal development

Participation in personal development groups

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module is organised around a series of skills-based and personal development activities, which are carried out in small groups in order to promote inquiry-based learning.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 2
Tutorial/Seminar 35
Supervised Practical Activity 35
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 88

Guidance notes

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.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.