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ED55NF: DEVELOPMENT OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, REFLEXIVITY AND ENQUIRY (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:55


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 fulltime counselling programme.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mrs Anne Smith

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Specifically, this course aims to enable students to:

  • Understand the philosophy, theory, and research concerning the person-centred approach.
  • Develop the person-centred therapeutic attitudes of unconditional positive regard, empathy, and congruence in the counselling relationship.
  • Develop a high level of awareness of competence in person-centred counselling relationships.
  • Develop awareness of their professional developmental needs and of the importance of the full use of counselling supervision.
  • Develop critical understanding of the place person-centred counselling occupies in the field of counselling and the role counselling plays in society as a whole.
  • Understand the person-centred perspective on psychopathology and psychodiagnosis and the critiques of the application of the medical model to the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Evaluate the importance of personal development in relation to training as a person-centred counsellor.
  • Consider the effect of personal experience, values, and attitudes on the counsellor’s practice.
  • Use research findings in a critical and informed way to develop a deeper understanding of person-centred practice and theory.
  • Understand established methods and techniques of research in the counselling and psychotherapy field.
  • Place individual counselling practice within a sound ethical framework as outlined in the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and the COSCA Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice.

Associated Costs

DescriptionValue
Independent supervision fortnightly. As required by COSCA. GBP 50.00

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

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 25 - 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

Case Study

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 29 Feedback Weeks 33

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Turnitin used with written feedback

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyUnderstanding of and commitment to work within BACP and COSCA ethical frameworks.
ReflectionApplyAwareness and understanding of own self-concept and introjected values and how they impinge on the quality of the therapeutic relationship.
ReflectionEvaluateCritical awareness of power dynamics within counselling relationship.
ReflectionEvaluateAwareness of prejudices and biases towards clients and a commitment to overcome them.
ReflectionEvaluateDevelopment of personal responsibility for own learning process.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 39 Feedback Weeks 43

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Turnitin used with written feedback.

Word Count 5000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandUnderstanding of established methods and techniques of research in the counselling and psychotherapy field.
FactualUnderstandUnderstanding the relationship between other counselling orientations and the person-centred approach.
ReflectionEvaluateDevelopment of personal responsibility for own learning process.

Formative Assessment

Two submissions of client session recordings

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Written tutor feedback.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyUnderstanding of and commitment to work within BACP and COSCA ethical frameworks.
ReflectionApplyAbility to work in a way that sustains personal well-being and good practice.
ReflectionApplyAwareness and understanding of own self-concept and introjected values and how they impinge on the quality of the therapeutic relationship.
ReflectionEvaluateCritical awareness of power dynamics within counselling relationship.

Reflective journal

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks 34 Feedback Weeks 38

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Written feedback

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionApplyAbility to work in a way that sustains personal well-being and good practice.
ReflectionApplyAwareness and understanding of own self-concept and introjected values and how they impinge on the quality of the therapeutic relationship.
ReflectionEvaluateAwareness of prejudices and biases towards clients and a commitment to overcome them.
ReflectionEvaluateDevelopment of personal responsibility for own learning process.

Placement

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
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Minimum of 100 counselling sessions to be achieved over the academic year.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 37 Feedback Weeks 41

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Case study. Turnitin used with written feedback.

Word Count 5000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 44 Feedback Weeks 48

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Literature review. Turnitin used with written feedback.

Word Count 5000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluateCritical awareness of power dynamics within counselling relationship.
FactualUnderstandUnderstanding the relationship between other counselling orientations and the person-centred approach.
ReflectionApplyAwareness and understanding of own self-concept and introjected values and how they impinge on the quality of the therapeutic relationship.
ProceduralApplyUnderstanding of and commitment to work within BACP and COSCA ethical frameworks.
ReflectionEvaluateAwareness of prejudices and biases towards clients and a commitment to overcome them.
FactualUnderstandUnderstanding of established methods and techniques of research in the counselling and psychotherapy field.
ReflectionEvaluateDevelopment of personal responsibility for own learning process.
ReflectionApplyAbility to work in a way that sustains personal well-being and good practice.

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