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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 2nd module of the counselling programme.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Salma Siddique

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (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

This course extends and develops the practice of counselling skills. It enhances the knowledge which supports a therapeutic relationship by introducing conceptual frameworks for understanding the process of therapy. It applies these theories to personal and professional development. The personal and professional development aspects of the course will centre on the development of the essential skills and core personal qualities which form the basis of a safe therapeutic relationship. Within the supportive environment of ongoing personal development groups, supervision groups and the course community group students will continue to have the opportunity for the continuing development of personal and professional awareness. Feedback from peers and tutors will encourage the development of realistic self assessment within the counselling relationship.

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 24 - 29, 31 - 43

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


1 written assignment (5000) words consisting of two parts: a) A critical review of the conceptual and theoretical basis of person-centred counselling (2000 words). b) Analysis of the process of an audio-taped counselling session (3000 words – 15 minutes segment transcript not included in the word count).

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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