Conceptual Issues in Counselling | Abertay University

Conceptual Issues in Counselling


This module examines the philosophical assumptions underlying a pluralistic integrationist approach to counselling


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of contemporary issues around the relationship between theory, practice and research in relation to a pluralistic integrative approach to counselling

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Position their approach to counselling in the context of fundamental debates within social science and counselling

2.  Critically analyse social and cultural dimensions of counselling theory and practice

3.  Apply theory and research to develop an understanding of current debates within the profession

4.  Apply theory and research to practice

5.  Demonstrate awareness and competence in relation to working collaboratively as a member of a team

Indicative Content

1 Key concepts

The nature and characteristics of a pluralistic integrative counselling approach

2 Social and political issues

Analysis of a pluralistic approach to key issues within therapy: depression, anxiety, early trauma, bereavement, relationship difficulties

3 Research

Role of research in informing pluralistic practice

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students will attend an introductory block that addresses key theoretical issues. They then work together in teams that each develop a pluralistic integrationist approach to one area of counselling practice (e.g., anxiety, depression). Each team meets regularly with a tutor to review progress, and at the end makes a presentation to the whole class. Each team will agree a contract with the tutor, by the end of semester 1, outlining the responsibilities and roles of individual students in relation to the overall group project.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 74
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 86

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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