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CENTRE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING - COUNSELLING SKILLS

> Level 1
KL 101Q
COUNSELLING SKILLS 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Barbara Foad

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): none

Counselling Skills 1 will introduce the theory, practice and ethics of using counselling skills. It will integrate theory, skills practice, professional development, personal development, and self-assessment. Theory will establish a definition of counselling, and distinguishing it from other helping activities, with an overview of the development of counselling, introducing Roger's person-centred approach. Participants will practice active listening skills of attending and responding and how to communicate empathetic understanding. Professional development will consider ethical considerations, particularly the need for confidentiality and boundaries. The importance of on-going personal development and self-assessment will be emphasised.

Twelve weekly seminars in addition to private study with learning support materials.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: essay (25%); learning log (25%); oral assessment (50%) [divided between practice 25% and participation/attendance 25%].

Candidates should note that to achieve credit for the course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Attendance at 85% of the weekly seminars for each module of Counselling Skils 1-4 is a requirement of  COSCA  (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland)

Resit: In course assessment: essay (25%).

Candidates should note that a  resit is not permitted of the other three elements of the course.

To achieve credit for the  course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

A reflective personal learning log, between 300 – 500 words in length will be completed by all students and submitted to tutors after week 2 on a weekly basis. The log is an opportunity for students  to reflect on their experiences of learning in the class , how they relate theory to practice and their own personal awareness, growth and development.

Skills  practice is included in each class. Tutors provide feedback on practical skills on  a group or individual basis as appropriate in each of the 12 classes.

Oral participation is assessed in the whole class group and with all class members and includes attendance.

Weekly:

A reflective learning log: will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course 12 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 25% of the overall course mark.  

Oral practice : Tutors give verbal feedback to the group and individuals in each of the 12 classes

Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course.

KL 101S
COUNSELLING SKILLS 3
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Barbara Foad

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of Counselling Skills 2 achieving a CAS mark of 12 or above.

Co-requisite(s): None

The five elements of theory, skills practice, professional development, personal development, and self-assessment, are integrated in this course. Theoretical work will involve a detailed look at other counselling approaches from the humanist, cognitive, behavioural and analytic traditions. Focusing on the person-centred approach, the course will develop an understanding of congruence and authenticity. Attention will be given to the beginning, middle and end stages in the helping process. The practical element will involve integrating theory and practice with the development of congruence. The professional element will include discussion of values, specifically those connected with race, culture, gender and sexual orientation. The way in which client issues impinge on the helper will be investigated, and a reflectivelearning log will be used for personal assessment.

Twelve weekly seminars in addition to private study with learning support materials.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: essay (25%); learning log (25%); oral assessment (50%) [divided between practice 25% and participation/attendance 25%].

Candidates should note that to achieve credit for the course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Attendance at 85% of the weekly seminars for each module of Counselling Skils 1-4 is a requirement of  COSCA  (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland)

Resit: In course assessment: essay (25%).

Candidates should note that a  resit is not permitted of the other three elements of the course.

To achieve credit for the  course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

A reflective personal learning log, between 300 – 500 words in length will be completed by all students and submitted to tutors after week 2 on a weekly basis. The log is an opportunity for students  to reflect on their experiences of learning in the class , how they relate theory to practice and their own personal awareness, growth and development.

Skills  practice is included in each class. Tutors provide feedback on practical skills on  a group or individual basis as appropriate in each of the 12 classes.

Oral participation is assessed in the whole class group and with all class members and includes attendance.

Weekly:
A reflective learning log: will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course 12 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 25% of the overall course mark.  

Oral practice : Tutors give verbal feedback to the group and individuals in each of the 12 classes.

Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course.

KL 151R
COUNSELLING SKILLS 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Barbara Foad

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of Counselling Skills 1 or equivalent.

Co-requisite(s): None

The five elements of theory, skills practice, professional development, personal development, and self-assessment,integrate in this course. Person-centred theory will be studied in greater depth, focusing on the core conditions of empathy, acceptance and genuineness. Skills practice will develop accurate empathy and exploring the condition of acceptance as well as introducing structuring of the counselling context. Students will work in triads will be introduced to develop effective feedback skills. Professional development will develop further understanding of ethics, looking specifically at prejudice and its impact on unconditional positive regard. This issue will also be the focus of personal development work, and the learning log will promote self-awareness in counselling.

Twelve weekly seminars in addition to private study with learning support materials.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: essay (25%); learning log (25%); oral assessment (50%) [divided between practice 25% and participation/attendance 25%].

Candidates should note that to achieve credit for the course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Attendance at 85% of the weekly seminars for each module of Counselling Skils 1-4 is a requirement of  COSCA  (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland).

Resit: In course assessment: essay (25%).

Candidates should note that a  resit is not permitted of the other three elements of the course.

To achieve credit for the  course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

A reflective personal learning log, between 300 – 500 words in length will be completed by all students and submitted to tutors after week 2 on a weekly basis. The log is an opportunity for students  to reflect on their experiences of learning in the class , how they relate theory to practice and their own personal awareness, growth and development.

Skills  practice is included in each class. Tutors provide feedback on practical skills on  a group or individual basis as appropriate in each of the 12 classes.

Oral participation is assessed in the whole class group and with all class members and includes attendance.

Weekly:
A reflective learning log: will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course 12 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 25% of the overall course mark.  

Oral practice : Tutors give verbal feedback to the group and individuals in each of the 12 classes

Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course.

KL 151T
COUNSELLING SKILLS 4
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Barbara Foad

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of Counselling Skills 3.

Co-requisite(s): None

The elements of theory, practice, professional development, personal development, and self-assessment, will be present. Theory will continue the exploration of other counselling approaches from different traditions including Gestalt, transactional analysis and psychodynamic. Students will undertake a complete session from beginning to end using counselling skills and ensuring that the core conditions are present. Professional development will consider the issues of record-keeping, referral, use of supervision, professional accreditation and working in institutional settings. Personal development will look at what happens to the helper during the helping process and issues of power and vulnerability in a helping relationship.

Twelve weekly seminars in addition to private study with learning support materials.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: essay (25%); learning log (25%); oral assessment (50%) [divided between practice 25% and participation/attendance 25%].

Candidates should note that to achieve credit for the course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Attendance at 85% of the weekly seminars for each module of Counselling Skils 1-4 is a requirement of  COSCA  (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland).

rESIT: In course assessment: essay (25%).

Candidates should note that a  resit is not permitted of the other three elements of the course.

To achieve credit for the  course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

A reflective personal learning log, between 300 – 500 words in length will be completed by all students and submitted to tutors after week 2 on a weekly basis. The log is an opportunity for students  to reflect on their experiences of learning in the class , how they relate theory to practice and their own personal awareness, growth and development.

Skills  practice is included in each class. Tutors provide feedback on practical skills on  a group or individual basis as appropriate in each of the 12 classes.

Oral participation is assessed in the whole class group and with all class members and includes attendance.

Weekly:
A reflective learning log: will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course 12 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 25% of the overall course mark.  

Oral practice : Tutors give verbal feedback to the group and individuals in each of the 12 classes

Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course.

 

> Level 2
KL 2010
COUNSELLING SKILLS: AN INTRODUCTION TO TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Barbara Foad

Pre-requisite(s): KL 151R or equivalent

Co-requisite(s): None

This course will introduce the basic theoretical concepts of a tranactional analysis approach to counselling skills which include the importance of contract making, theory of ego states, tranactional analysis, game analysis and script analysis. Transactional analysis provides an integrated model of counselling skills and the course will therefore build on previous training and/or practical experience.

10 x 3 hr weekly seminars in addition to private study.

1st Attempt: Two essays, one of 1200-1500 words (30%) , second 3000 words (50%), plus weekly learning logs (20%).

Resit: Resubmisssion of essays. Candidates should note that a resit is not permitted for learning logs.

To achieve credit for the course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

A reflective personal learning log of 250 words will be completed by all students and submitted to tutors after week 2 on a weekly basis. The log is an opportunity for students to reflect on their experiences of learning in the class , how they relate theory to practice and their own personal awareness, growth and development.

The course is a mix of presentation, discussion and guided exploration. Participants are expected to be willing to share and learn from their own experience.

Weekly:

A reflective learning log: will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course 10 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 20%of the overall course mark.

Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course.

KL 2013 / KL 2513
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PSYCHODYNAMIC APPROACH TO COUNSELLING
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Barbara Foad

Pre-requisite(s): KL 151R or equivalent.

Co-requisite(s): None

Historical beginnings of the psychodynamic approach. Overview of working with the individual, the couple, the group. Particular theories of psychodynamic working. Free association to linking and discovering meaning. Attachment, separation and the family. Genogram. The need for relationship. The Couple, their family, society. Developmental stages. Object relations to theory. Do we have a dynamic, unconscious inner world? Transference and countertransference. Thoughts, feelings, identity and belief systems. The need for defence systems and resistance. Mirroring, Splitting, introjections and projection. How the process of change can take place within an individual, a dyad, a group. The psychodynamic helping relationship/supervision and ethics.

12 x 2.5 hours weekly seminars in addition to private study.

1st Attempt: 2000 word essay (25%), Weekly 400 word reflective log/journal writing (25%), Oral Practice (25%) and Oral Participation (25%).

To achieve credit for the course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Resit: Resubmission of essay. Candidates should note that a resit is not permitted of the learning log element of the course, practical elements of the course, oral participation and oral practice.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

A reflective personal learning log, will be completed by all students and submitted to tutors after week 2 on a weekly basis. The log is an opportunity for students to reflect on their experiences of learning in the class, how they relate theory to practice and their own personal awareness, growth and development.

Skills practice is included in each class. Tutors provide feedback on practical skills on a group or individual basis as appropriate in each of the 12 classes.

Oral participation is assessed in the whole class group and with all class members.

Weekly:

A reflective learning log will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course12 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 50%of the overall course mark.

Oral practice: Tutors give verbal feedback to the group and individuals in each of the 12 classes.

Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course.

KL 2017 / KL 2517
A PERSON CENTRED APPROACH TO HELPING RELATIONSHIPS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Barbara Foad

Pre-requisite(s): KL151R, Counselling Skills 2 or Equivalent . A CAS mark of 14 or above in this course. Or professional experience in helping relationships.

Co-requisite(s): None

  • An overview of the key concepts of the person centred approach: therapist attitudes, the therapeutic conditions, theory of self.

  • Rogers Personality Theory: self-awareness and developing more effective personal and social relationships.

  • The need for the person centred core conditions as the basis of the helping relationship: empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence. What difference do these qualities make and how can they be developed?

  • Encounter: experiencing and reflecting on the process of awareness of self and others in the group setting.

  • Transition theory: a historical overview. Change and self-acceptance. How can we relate the theory to personal life experience?

  • Ethical considerations: relating difficult moral questions that arise for the practitioner of counselling skills/helper to an ethical framework.

  • Different dimensions within a person centred approach: working at relational depth, focussing, the spiritual dimension. How these may be relevant to individual working contexts.

One 3 hour seminar over 10 weeks or one two and a half hour seminar over 12 weeks.

1st Attempt: 2000 word Case Study (25%), Weekly learning log/reflective journal 200 words(25%), Oral participation (25%), Oral Practice (25%).

Resit: Resubmission of 2000 word case study.

Candidates should note that a resit is not permitted of the other three elements of the course.

To achieve credit for the course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

A reflective personal learning log, will be completed by all students and submitted to tutors after week 2 on a weekly basis. The log is an opportunity for students to reflect on their experiences of learning in the class, how they relate theory to practice and their own personal awareness, growth and development.

Skills practice is included in each class. Tutors provide feedback on practical skills on a group or individual basis as appropriate in each of the 12 classes.

Oral participation is assessed in the whole class group and with all class members .

Weekly:

A reflective learning log: will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students.

Oral practice :Tutors give verbal feedback to the group and individuals in each of the 12 classes.

Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course.

KL 2019
FURTHER STEPS IN COUNSELLING 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Barbara Foad

Pre-requisite(s): Successful Completeion of Counselling skills 1-4 or equivalent.

  • Attitudes and Beliefs about Human Development.

  • Gender and Sexual identity.

  • Counselling Models and Process of Change.

  • Understanding Trauma.

  • Understanding and working with Addictions/Dependency.

  • Transpersonal Perspective and Psychosynthesis.

  • Working with Conflict.
  • Practical experiential work using counselling skills to develop practice in the seminar/workshop on a weekly basis.

12 x 2.5 hour weekly seminars.

1st Attempt: Assessment will be through continuous assessment (2000 word essay (25%), 300-500 word weekly learning log (25%) and oral assessment (50%).

Resit: Resubmission of essay (2000 words). There is no resit of learning logs or oral assessment. Failure of these elements will require repeat of the course.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Assessment will be through continuous assessment of oral practice and weekly learning logs.

Weekly:

A reflective learning log will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course 12 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 25% of the overall course mark.

Oral practice and participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course. Oral Practice and participation will be marked on the CAS scale and will make up 50% of the course mark.

KL 2022 / KL 2522
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF MINDFULNESS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Barbara Foad

Pre-requisite(s): KL 151R

Co-requisite(s): A coomitment to full attendance and to daily mindfulness practice.

Note(s): This course may not be suitable for those who have faced a serious emotional issue in the last 6 months. Please consider this carefully before applying.

1. Meditation practices: body scan, breathing meditation, sitting and walking meditation.
2. Theories of mindfulness, compassion and stress reduction.

10 x three hour sessions. in addition to daily private practice and study.

Course members are expected to write 400 words per week clearly demonstrating how they are conceptualising and working with the
course learning. The learning log/journal should include reflection on the body scan practice, sitting and walking meditation. The effect of automatic pilot, developing key attitudes including acceptance, compassion, kindly curiosity and patience should be explored with understanding of these concepts demonstrated. At all times links should be made with personal practice in class and out of class.

1st Attempt: Will be through continuous assessment: weekly learning log of 400 words (25%), oral assessment including presentation of review of learning (50%), Essay 2500 words (25%).

Resit: A resit is not permitted for learning logs/journals or presentation of Review of their Learning.

A pass is required of each element to achieve a credit.
Essay one resit attempt only allowed.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Self reflection and assessment is integral to this course and tutors take a collaborative approach to summative oral assessment. Course members are encouraged to submit their learning log/journal for feedback at any time throught the course and are required to do so after week four in order to receive formative feedback.
Formal summative assessment of the the learning logs/journals will then happen when learning log/journal are submitted at the end of the course.

Weekly:

A reflective learning log: will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course10 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 25% of the overall course mark.

Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course. Oral participation will be graded at 50% at the end of the course. This will include assessment of the presentation to the group of the 'Review of Learning'( week 9).

KL 20D1/ KL25D1
AN INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL COUNSELLING
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Ms B Foad

Pre-requisite(s): KL151R , Counselling Skills 2 or equivalent. Or a background in a relevant healthcare profession.

Note(s): This course may not be suitable for those who have faced a serious emotional issue in the last 6 months. Please consider this carefully before applying.

In cognitive behavioural counselling the counsellor works with the client to identify the thoughts arising from their interpretation of life experiences which lead to changes in mood and behaviour. He/she then facilitates the development of the necessary skills and strategies to find more adaptive thinking or behaviours.
The course will introduce:

  • The basic principles of cognitive behavioural counselling
  • The stages of the process of cognitive behavioural counselling
  • The collaborative working relationship
  • The structure and content of cognitive behavioural counselling sessions
  • The identification of key thoughts and beliefs
  • Identification of short and long term goals and tasks
  • Coaching tasks and steps for self counselling

10 three-hour weekly seminars.

1st Attempt: Weekly 400 word reflective log/journal writing (25%), Oral Practice (25%) and Oral Participation (25%), 3500 word essay (25%)
To achieve a pass for the course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Candidates should note that a resit is not permitted of the learning log or oral elements of the course.
To achieve credit for the course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Resit: one essay 3500 words

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

A reflective personal learning log, will be completed by all students and submitted to tutors after week 2 on a weekly basis. The log is an opportunity for students to reflect on their experiences of learning in the class, how they relate theory to practice and their own personal awareness, growth and development.
Skills practice is included in each class. Tutors provide feedback on practical skills on a group or individual basis as appropriate in each of the 12 classes.
Oral participation is assessed in the whole class group and with all class members.

A reflective learning log will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course 10 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 25% of the overall course mark.
Oral practice: Tutors give verbal feedback to the group and individuals in each of the 10 classes.
Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course.

KL 2518
TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Barbara Foad

Pre-requisite(s): KL 2010

Co-requisite(s): None

The course will build on previous Transactional Analysis training and practical experience. The course will focus on important counselling themes in order to explore and integrate a range of Transcational Analysis concepts. Each seminar will address a specific topic area . The structure of the course will provide opportunity for participants to apply Transactional Analysis according to their own contexts and priorities.

10 x 3-hr weekly seminars in addition to private study.

1st Attempt: Two essays, one of 1200-1500 words (30%), second 3000 words (50%), weekly learning logs (20%).

Resit:Resubmisssion of essays

Candidates should note that a resit is not permitted for learning logs.

To achieve credit for the course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

A reflective personal learning log of 250 words will be completed by all students and submitted to tutors after week 2 on a weekly basis. The log is an opportunity for students to reflect on their experiences of learning in the class , how they relate theory to practice and their own personal awareness, growth and development.

The course is a mix of presentation, discussion and guided exploration. Participants are expected to be willing to share and learn from their own experience.

Formative peer and self-assessment are integral to this course.

Weekly:

A reflective learning log: will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course10 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 20% of the overall course mark.


Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course.

KL 2519
FURTHER STEPS IN COUNSELLING 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Barbara Foad

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of Further Steps in Counselling 1.

Co-requisite(s): Successful completion of Counselling Skills 1-4 or equivalent.

  • Transpersonal Perspective and Psychosynthesis

  • Integration of counselling Skills and video-taped practice

  • Working with conflict

  • Practical experiential work using counselling skills to develop practice in the seminar/workshop on a weekly basis.

  • Presenting self analysis of transcript and receiving feedback and/or working creatively using a counselling approach.

12 x 2.5 hour weekly seminars.

1st Attempt: Assessment will be through continuous assessment (presentation of transcript and analysis (25%), learning log 300-500 words weekly (25%) and oral assessment (50%)).

Resit: Transcript of Counselling skills practice and analysis (2000 words). No resit is offered for the learning logs and oral assessment. Fail of this element requires a repeat of the course.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Assessment will be through continuous assessment of oral practice and weekly learning logs.

Weekly:

A reflective learning log will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course 12 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 25% of the overall course mark.

Oral practice and participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course. Oral Practice and participation will be marked on the CAS scale and will make up 50% of the course mark.

 

> Level 3
KL 301B / KL 351B
COUNSELLING SKILLS DISSERTATION WITH GROUP INSTRUCTION
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Ms B Foad

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of Counselling Skills 1-4 or equivalent (60 credits at level 1). Achievement of CAS mark 14 or above at Counselling Skills 4 KL151T. Successful completion at CAS mark 14 or above of two second level Counselling Skills Courses (30 credits at level 2).

Note(s): Students who have successfully completed this course will with the prerequisites stated be eligible for the award The Certificate in Counselling Skills Theory (14L591RF).

Following an introduction to the course and to group work, subsequent sessions will include guidance and instruction on a research project in Counselling Skills Theory. This will include guidance on keeping a research diary, collection of data, its organisation and collation and other relevant information. Students will be supported in the construction and writing of a dissertation on an approved topic and in methods of referencing and presenting data. During the course students will share and discuss their own work, providing peer group support and constructive criticism on preliminary drafts, with assistance from the tutor on research problems. Individual tutorials will form part of the course at the following stages: following submission of the original outline dissertation; following submission of of the final detailed plan; following the submission of a preliminary draft; in oral examination of the dissertation.

4 one-hour lectures, 6 two-hour workshop/seminar sessions; and 4 one-hour individual tutorials , over 2 half-sessions.

1st Attempt: research log 2500 words (15%); oral seminar presentation (10%); written dissertation 10000 words (75%)
Candidates must acheive a CAS of 9 or greater in the oral seminar presentation in order to pass the course.

Resit: No resit of oral seminar presentation; mark from first attempt will be carried forward if greater than CAS 9.
One resubmission of Research Log (15%). One resubmission of Dissertation (75%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Contributions to the seminar discussions with peer and tutor feedback.
Research Log Feedback on research diary and collection of data.
Individual tutorials.

Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course. This will be both verbal and in the form of written Feedback Sheets following submission of the original outline dissertation; following submission of of the final detailed plan; following the submission of a preliminary draft and after oral examination of the dissertation.

KL301A/ KL 351A
Person Centred Counselling Supervision
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Barbara Foad

Pre-requisite(s): A recognised qualification in counselling at Diploma level and a minimum of two years recent counselling experience.

Co-requisite(s): Students must be operating a supervised supervision practice with at least one supervisee throughout the duration of the course.

In the spirit of the person-centred tradition this course will draw on the experience and knowledge of the participants to explore professional, practical and theoretical issues and personal experience of supervision work and will offer practice, feedback and time for reflection and discussion. A person-centred model of supervision is introduced. In the context of relevant ethical frameworks, contracts between supervisor and supervisee are explored. Issues identified as core content will include: the core conditions of empathy, acceptance and congruence in relation to supervision; the theory of person-centred therapy; the person-centred approach to supervision: focus on the supervision relationship and relational depth;understanding and meeting diversity; ethical issues such as confidentiality, boundaries, differences between supervision and therapy; the BACP Ethical Framework; supervision process; supervision contracts; supervisors responsibility in relation to the supervisee and the client.

16 X 2.5 hour workshops delivered over 8 days
10 X 1 hour study group meetings evenly spaced between the weekends

Private study: in preparation for each meeting there will be an assignment on a topic relevant to supervision, chosen by the individual participant.




1) Case Study 3000 words (25%)

2) An essay on an aspect of theory relating to supervision and chosen by the course member of 2000 words (25%)

3) A self appraisal statement including written reflection on the course member's learning and development. 2000 words (25%).

4) Continuous Assessment (25%) - This is a self-assessed course. The course member, in consultation with other participants and staff, will make the final decision as to his or her theoretical and practical competence and future areas for development. The self-assessment process will also be aided throughout the course by the assignments, which will include written work on theory, practice and ethics in supervision, as well as reflection on the course member's learning and development.
In order to pass the course a pass must be obtained in all four elements.
Course members are expected to engage fully with the course.

The final CAS mark will be awarded after discussion with the student.

All four elements must be completed successfully to pass the course.



There is no resit for the continuous assessment element. Students who fail this on the first attempt must repeat the course .
If a pass is obtained for the Continuous Assessment element in the first attempt resits can be offered for these elements:

one resubmission of case study 25%
one resubmission of self appraisal statement 25%
one resubmission of essay 25%

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

One Formative pre course assignment - a written statement regarding the course member' motivation to become a supervisor, this will be shared in small groups at the beginning of the course.

The person-centred approach is the reason for the student themselves making the final decision at to his or her theoretical and practical competence and future areas for development, in consultation with their peers in the small group and the course tutor.

Course members will be encouraged to routinely give each other feedback on formative written work and practical work. Written feedback will be given by the course tutor on summative assignments.


If at any time during the programme the staff have serious doubts about a participants work or ability to complete the course successfully, they will consult the participant privately.