Therapeutic Skills and Approaches


This module builds on CNS201, and develops the conceptual ability of students to recognise the therapeutic change process, and the activities which may be undertaken at each stage. This module is largely practice based and requires students to engage in reflection on their deployment of counselling and therapy skills in small groups


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the ability to undertake helping conversations around emotional, psychological and behavioural problems, and when appropriate, and use basic counselling skills and interventions

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Use a variety of models to conceptualise helping conversations and the process of change

2.  Use basic counselling skills, and Egan's skilled helper model to recognise and respond to people seeking help

3.  Recognise ethical and professional considerations which impact on the ability and appropriateness of using counselling skills

4.  Draw appropriately on counselling theory and approaches to negotiate client goals and the tasks which may be undertaken to achieve these

5.  Have foundational skills in the use of electronic media in helping interactions

6.  Have the ability to reflect on own training, supervision and support needs

Indicative Content

1 Theoretical models of therapeutic change

Pluralistic framework, Cycle of change

2 Collaboration for helping

Collaborative skills in engaging discussion around client needs, and therapeutic activities

3 Counselling theories

Within the pluralistic framework, and understanding of PCC, CBT, Psychodynamic and TA approaches

4 Alternative methods of deilvery

Examining self-help, on-line and group contexts for therapy

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module will consist of weekly lectures, and practice workshops on the weekly topic, followed by discussion/reflection group sessions. Assessment will be in the form of a transcript analysis, and case study along with evidence of ongoing practice skills development

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Supervised Practical Activity 13
Unsupervised Practical Activity 13
Assessment 40
Independent 121

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 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.