Professional Practice 1


This module focuses on the consolidation and development of skills around practice with clients, along with an advanced approach to critical issues, and the nature of research in contemporary counselling


To provide the student with an supportive and critically challenging arena to reflect on and explore theoretical, ethical, professional and personal issues arising from the research and the application in practice of theory and interventions.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically reflect on their capacity to offer a counselling relationship characterised by a collaborative approach, sensitivity to equality, and a valuing of diversity.

2.  Demonstrate a critical capacity to reflect on practice, and use counselling supervision, peer support and feedback to enhance professional competence.

3.  An ability to negotiate ethical and organisational issues arising from the adoption of a counselling role within an appropriate counselling placement setting.

4.  Exhibit how research is used as a means of to inform practice.

Indicative Content

1 Key areas of practice;

Discussions and workshops on key issues addressed in counselling practice, e.g. anxiety, depression, bereavement, eating disorders, suicide, sexuality, addictions.

2 Professional issues associated with counselling work

Presentation of case material from practice in a professional practice group. Receiving tutor and peer feedback, information and guidance. Making connections between personal responses to clients, adn the process of theraoy

3 Stages of therapy

The process of therapeutic change from beginning to end, the imapct of context and ways of working on this process e.g. client goals, tasks, and methods

4 Understanding the use of research in practice

Introduction to counselling research. Appreciation of the role of research and evidence-based practice, and an overview of the process of research in terms of design, data collection, ethical issues, analysis and peer-reviewed. The use of process and outcome monitoring tools in practice publication in research journals.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module will be run from term 1 to term 3 of year 2 of the MSc in Counselling. It will constitute 1.5 hours per week of terms 1 and 2, and will coincide with CNS010, and CNS0114 teaching days. During term 3 it will involve four short days attendance. The main teaching for this module will be practice case-supervision. Practice will be monitored using Pebblepad and all client hours on placement, and external supervision will be logged.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 6
Tutorial/Seminar 49
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 105

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.