Module details for Introduction to Counselling Theory and Skills


This module provides an introduction to counselling skills and theory.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with core counselling skills, theoretical knowledge, and opportunities for personal and professional development

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Be able to perform, and critically reflect on, core counselling skills.

2.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of the difference between counselling skills and counselling.

3.  Recognise and respond appropriately to individual and cultural difference within counselling situations

4.  Recognise and manage risk in helping situations, and be able to refer individuals to further help when appropriate.

5.  Understand and discuss the role of boundaries in counselling

6.  Appraise the importance to a counsellor, of developing interpersonal self-awareness and responsiveness, and knowledge of theory and research

Indicative Content

1 Theory of counselling

Introductions to key theories in counselling including the pluralistic framework, person-centred, CBT and psychodynamic theories

2 Counselling skills

Practical training in skills including attending, active listening, reflection, and goal-setting

3 Personal and professional development

Personal and professional responsibility. The impact of the counsellor in helping relationships, counselling and embedded counselling. In addition the role of personal resilience, interpersonal feedback, and self-awareness.

4 Managing challenge and risk

5 Counselling process

Introduction to the stages of the counselling process, and aspects of client change within this process.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 20
Assessment 40
Independent 108
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.


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