Module details for Advanced Theories and Approaches


This module is designed to help students to deepen and extend their understanding of theoretical models of counselling


The aim of this module is to develop the students' capacity to use theory to facilitate change in clients.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate a critical appreciation of counselling theories in relation to their social, cultural and historical context

2.  Apply theoretical models to guide the development of therapeutic strategies to facilitate learning and change in clients

3.  Demonstrate advanced knowledge of counselling contexts and the requirements for readiness to enter a trainee practice placement.

4.  Appreciate the role of research in evaluating the applicability and validity of counselling theories

5.  Display appropriate responses to the challenges of placement and client work, including drawing on supervision, peer-support, counselling, cultural resources, and academic enquiry

6.  Critically evaluate the personal development issues associated with safe and effective practice as a counsellor

Indicative Content

1 The role of theory in counselling practice

Identifying the key dimensions of the collaborative pluralistic framework in relation to its: underlying assumptions, basic principles and elements, concepts, strategies and techniques. Critique of the collaborative pluralistic framework in relation to other approaches. Relevance of pluralistic theory to practice.

2 Personal development

Participation in personal development groups; keeping apersonal development journal; giving and receiving feedback to deepen self awareness and provide mutual support in practice. Receiving and responding to peerand facilitator feedback.

3 Research

Introduction to practitioner research. Development of skills in outcome and process analysis.

4 Therapeutic interventions

Practical classes in the use of therapeutic interventions and methods. Application of the Pluralistic Approach for diverse client groups and problems. E.g. Working with loss and bereavement, working with couples etc.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 20
Practical Activity 20
Assessment 40
Independent 100
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.