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Course Overview

This course provides students the 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.  The course seeks to enhance participants’ personal and professional interaction
with others and their own 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.

See 'Further Information and Notes'.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Anne Smith

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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Course Description

The course brings together 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.  The content of the course includes:
  • 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

  • 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, focusing on the
    spiritual dimension, how these may be relevant to individual working contexts.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

There are no assessments for this course.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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