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Course Overview

The aim of this course is to provide an opportunity to develop and apply person-centred counselling and interpersonal skills to non-counselling settings; it can also be a step towards Diploma training and a career in counselling.  This will enhance participants’ personal and professional interaction with others and reflective practice..This is an opportunity for people from a wide range of backgrounds to learn experientially  together in a group setting. 

 Participants will be able to explore the connection of self-awareness and self-acceptance to practice in the process of the person-centred approach. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Barbara Foad

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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

  • 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.

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 75% . If you miss more than two 3 Hr classes for any reason you cannot pass the course.
Your class may include part-time students of all ages.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

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

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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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