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CO1501: COUNSELLING SKILLS 2 (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

The theme of this module is 'Exploration and Expansion'.  Students will continue to develop the practical skills introduced in Counselling Skills 1. They will gain insight into the structure of a counselling relationship within professional ethics and boundaries and explore self-awareness and self-in-context in relation to transitions, attachment, loss and readjustment, attitudes to differences, values, prejudice, social identity and the ethics of justice.

See 'Further Information and Notes'.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Salma Siddique

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • One of CO1001 Counselling Skills 1 (Studied) or CO1011 Counselling Skills 1 (Evening) (Studied) or KL101Q Counselling Skills 1 (Passed) or KL101W Counselling Skills 1 (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CO1511 Counselling Skills 2 (Evening) (Studied)
  • CO1518 Counselling Skills 2 (1 Year Variant) (Studied)
  • KL151R Counselling Skills 2 (Studied)
  • KL151X Counselling Skills 2 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Counselling Skills 2 reviews the learning of Counselling Skills 1 and explores participants’ expectations. It places the concept of structures (beginnings, middles and endings phases) within the counselling approach. It considers the importance of boundaries in  helping relationships when covering beginnings, and focusses on change and challenge when covering middles. It introduces participants to the concept of human emotional attachment and the consequences of losing attachments, loss and re-attachment. Issues regarding sexuality are discussed with regard to participants’ understanding, awareness, and their role in the counselling approach. Participants’ personal motives and values in their roles as helpers are reviewed. Endings are reflected on to give participants insight into what it means to end the counselling approach with individuals. The module concludes with integrated practice of the above skills with a video and a review of the personal development of each participant in relation to the content of the module.

Associated Costs

A compulsory charge of £30 is made for this course to cover the COSCA workbook, COSCA professional registration, and associated handling costs.

Further Information & Notes

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. Students 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%. Students who miss more than two 3-hour classes - for any reason - cannot pass the course.

Students 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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Centre for Lifelong Learning (Counselling) Iss
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Theory
  • Master Of Arts In Psychology With Counselling Skills

Contact Teaching Time

39 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


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).


In-course assessment: Essay (25%).
Candidates should note that a resit of the other three elements of the course is not permitted. To achieve credit for the course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Formative Assessment

A reflective personal learning log, between 300 and 500 words in length, will be completed by all students and submitted to tutors on a weekly basis after Week 2. The log is an opportunity for students to reflect on their experiences of learning in the class, how they relate theory to practice, as well as 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, 10 logs (12 for Saturday classes) will be graded linked to the CGS and weighted at 25% of the overall course mark.

Oral practice: Tutors give verbal feedback to the group and individuals in each of the 10 classes.

Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course.

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