Module details for Professional Practice 2


This module focuses on practice placement, monitoring and supervision. In addition it provides the student with an opportunity to explore critical issues around the relationship between theory, practice and research in relation to a collaborative pluralistic framework through a collaborative project.


The aim of this module is to ensure students engage in practice placement, work with their clients, and enhance student self- direction in academic development. This will enable the student to apply their current skills and knowledge base to create recommendations for practice around a particular client problem or perspective

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Work appropriately with a range of clients, and develop their own pluralistic practice approach to enable them to progress to professional practice

2.  Apply research and theoretical knowledge to client issues and from this develop their own practice and through the project create recommendations for practice

3.  Critically reflect on the limitations and challenges of counselling practice, including issues such as context and resource management

4.  Demonstrate ability to communicate, verbally and in writing, relevant counselling theory in a coherent way to inform and guide practice

5.  Appreciate and make use of case-based knowledge as a form of professional communication and research evidence.

6.  Work independently and with peers in constructive ways to produce reports in an informed and relevant manner

Indicative Content

1 Addressing critical conceptual and practice issues

Challenges and dilemmas associated with pluralistic practice through placement practice, supervision and research. Including case conceptualisation/formulation; the nature of counsellor-client collaboration; responding to client preferences; use of dialogue and metacommunication; activating client strengths and cultural resources.

2 Critical issues in inter-professional working

The continuum of mental wellbeing; influence of social and cultural factors on mental health; interrelatedness of psychological and physical symptoms. Types of medication commonly used in treatment of psychological states; understanding of the work and roles of other professionals in the mental health field; role boundaries and issues around communication and collaboration within a multidisciplinary team setting.

3 Using theory and research to inform practice

Integrating qualitative and quantitative data in systematic client-centred monitoring and inquiry.

4 Personal development

Providing peer support, extending personal reflection and linking this to client work.

5 Professional practice group

On-going reflection and supervision on practice with clients.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 63
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 97
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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