Module details for Counselling Theories and Interventions


This module teaches students to conceptualise their practice within a pluralistic model of counselling, by exploring theoretical approaches to counselling and psychotherapy and their associated ways of responding to them. The pluralistic model will be developed to encourage the integration of these understandings with the client perspective.


The aim of this Module is to provide the students with the ability to conceptualise counselling practice within the pluralistic framework for integration, and draw on understandings and interventions from a range of theoretical perspectives

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Apply knowledge of a range of theoretical perspectives to understand client experience, and counselling skills and change

2.  be able to distinguish stages of the counselling process

3.  Appreciate issues of power and authority within counselling

4.  Understand the issues around anti-discriminatory practice

5.  Reflect on training, supervision, and support needs needed in mental healthcare

Indicative Content

1 The Pluralistic Framework for Counselling skills

Understanding different theories including PCC, CBT and psychodynamic approaches, and the role of collaborative conversations in finding shared understandings with clients

2 Conceptualizing case-work and client distress within theory

Linking client case-work to specific theoretical understandings

3 Skills practice

Engaging in practice of counselling skills in peer- groups

4 Personal and professional development

Reflection on learning in peer groups, and in journals focussing on learning and experiences on the course

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 10
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 20
Assessment 20
Independent 150
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.