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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework.  Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 3rd module of the counselling programme.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Salma Siddique

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Education (ED) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The following areas will be covered: 
  • a brief introduction to the sociological perspective
  • recognising the ways in which social contexts and systems shape a persons’ perception and construction of reality
  • developing an understanding of the implications of working as a counsellor in multi disciplinary settings
  • An exploration of counselling as an agent of change and/or of social control
  • introduce theoretical frameworks for other counselling orientations, vital for the ability to understand the place of person centred counselling and to be
  • able to articulate and discuss therapeutic interventions with colleagues from other disciplines
Within the supportive environment of course groups students will continue the development of personal and professional awareness fundamental to person centred counsellors. Course members will be expected to accept and advocate a value system fostering trust, openness and non-judgemental acceptance.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 7 - 11, 13 - 21

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: Formative Assessment: 1 audio-tape of a counselling session; Group presentations. Summative assessment: 1 client study - review of the work with a single client over the course of counselling (4500 words) Resit: There will be one opportunity to resubmit the work completed, as revised, to take account of identified inadequacies in the original.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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