Professional Challenge and Personal Resilience


The module allows the student to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge in order to demonstrate their effectiveness as a counsellor and begin preparation for their subsequent career.


This module examines the capacity of the student to apply a collaborative pluralistic approach to counselling in relation to common presenting problems in relation to a diverse range of clients. The module is designed to facilitate readiness for employment in a professional counselling role.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

3.  Critically analyse dimensions of personal competence and effectiveness as a counsellor

4.  Demonstrate an ability to understand the origins, nature and impact of personal strengths and limitations as a counsellor, and the implications of these factors for current and future practice

5.  Demonstrate an awareness of strategies for dealing with burnout and retaining effectiveness and resiliance; Plan for lifelong learning and engagement in professional role

6.  Draw of a number of professional skills to facilitate a future career in counselling

Indicative Content

1 Evaluating personal effectiveness as a counsellor

Theory and research into models of therapist development. Review of supervised counselling experience. Responding to challenging issues in counselling (e.g., cultural difference, disability, threat).

2 Professional role development

Preparing to become a professional counsellor; job opportunities. Lifelong learning needs (e.g., dealing with stress and burnout, support, self evaluation); career planning. Involvement in professional issues and organisations.Take an active role as members of the professional counseling community; wider political, social, legal and organisational dimensions of therapeutic practice; ability to work appropriately in different counselling and psychotherapy contexts.

3 Personal development

Participation in a number of different personal development activities, including peer-groups, reflective writing and reflection on personal therapy and life history.

4 Career development

Practical skills in writing resume, applying for counselling positions, working with, or running counselling services, website development and ethical and legal


Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module will involve 6 days attendance during term 3 of year 3. It is an opportunity for students to learn and develop aspects of their professional identity, and consolidate learning from the previous three years. The teaching will be flexible and adopt a need-based approach for students. The teaching will cover aspects of pluralistic and integrative practice, on-line and careers skills for counselling, and establishing ongoing best practice for after graduation.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 16
Supervised Practical Activity 30
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 94

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.