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KL151R: COUNSELLING SKILLS 2 (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

 The theme of this module is Exploration and Expansion.  
You will continue to develop the practical  skills introduced in Counselling Skills 1  in this practical experiential course. You will understand the structure  of a Counselling Relationship  within professional ethics and boundaries. You will explore your self awareness and self-in-context in relation to  transitions,  attachment , loss  and readjustment . Also in relation to  your attitudes to difference, your values, prejudice, social identity and the ethic of justice .

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Barbara Foad

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Course Description

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.

Further Information & Notes

See Course Prospectus for class days and times.  You must contact the Programme Co-ordinator , Barbara Foad to register for a place. 
This course may not be suitable for anyone who is currently receiving Counselling  or has faced a serious emotional issue in the last six months.
Class size is limited to 15. You must be able to attend the same class at the same time  over 10 weeks .There is a strict attendance requirement of at least 85% . If you miss more than two 3 Hr classes for any reason you cannot pass the course.
 As an undergraduate student you do not pay tuition fees but will be required to pay the COSCA materials fee of £30 at the online store before the first class  and before  your  workbook will  be issued.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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

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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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