Counselling Settings: Diversity of Practice | Abertay University

Counselling Settings: Diversity of Practice


The module explores the Pluralistic Approach to counselling in relation to client work within a diverse range of counselling settings.


Examine the application of the Pluralistic Approach to counselling in relation to client work within a diverse range of counselling settings; Enhance awareness of ethical and professional practice issues and multi-disciplinary/interagency working; Extend the range of methods of facilitating change available to students; Deepen knowledge of counselling theory and facilitate students’ ability to ground their practice in relevant counselling theory.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate a capacity to work effectively with clients presenting with a range of commonly presenting problems in a variety of counselling settings.

2.  Demonstrate a depth of understanding of, and ability to apply the Pluralistic Approach in practice.

3.  Demonstrate an acute awareness of ethical and professional practice issues, and challenges related to inter-professional working within different counselling settings.

4.  Critically reflect on practice, and demonstrate an ability to practice in an inclusive, anti-discriminatory/anti-oppressive way.

5.  Demonstrate ability to use relevant counselling theory in a coherent way to inform and guide practice.

6.  Complete 50 hours of supervised face-to-face client work in an approved counselling placement setting.

Indicative Content

1 Workshops

Applying the Collaborative Pluralistic Framework to clients experiencing: Depression; Anxiety (& Phobias); Relationship Problems; Loss & Bereavement, Stress, Abuse/Trauma, Suicide/Para-suicide

2 Research

Using research to inform practice; using evaluation tools to measure the outcomes of client work during placement

3 Psychotherapeutic work

Challenging ethical issues arising in practice, case conceptualisation/formulation; presentation of and critical discussion of student client work; critical evaluation and discussion of published case studies; exploration of challenges of applying the Collaborative Pluralistic Framework in practice

4 Supervision

On-going engagement in counselling supervision

5 Preparing to become a professional counsellor

Job opportunities; reflection on personal and professional development needs; career planning

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

A variety of learning, teaching and delivery strategies are employed within this module, designed specifically to enhance postgraduate knowledge development, thinking, reasoning and ability to critically reflect on and synthesise personal learning, theoretical and research knowledge into the students practice during counselling placements. The key mode of teaching and learning in this programme involves participative learning. Teaching/learning methods emphasise student participation, self- directed study and the use of interactive electronic media. Teaching is delivered through workshop and seminar sessions. In addition, students are required to complete a practice placement where they apply their learning in a 'real-world' practice environment and gain experience of, and skills in multi-disciplinary team working and in the delivery of routine counselling services to a range of client groups. This module will enable students to acquire a range of skills, relevant to future employability.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 65
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 36
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 50
Independent 49

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.


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