Module details for 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 to inform practice.

Indicative Content

1 Key areas of practice;

Discussions on client issues addressed incounselling practice, e.g. anxiety, depression, suicide.

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, and the process of therapy.

3 Stages of therapy

The process of therapeutic change from beginning to end, the impact of context and ways of working on this process e.g. client goals, tasks, and methods. Understanding the use of outcome and process measures in establishing the efficacy of counselling practice.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 39
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 121
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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