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Course Overview

Counselling psychologists work with adults and children on a diverse range of issues, including bereavement, relationships, and mental health problems. This course will introduce students to the key issues, theories and practices relevant in Counselling Psychology.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jason Bohan

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Course Description

This course will provide students with a broad understanding of the theory and practice of counselling psychologists. Students will be aware of the theory, values and historical development of counselling psychology; an understanding of issues surrounding the therapeutic relationship; a critical awareness of the scientific/reflective-practitioner models; an overview of the main therapeutic traditions; understanding of the therapists role in a range of common presentations.

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

Forums 15%

3000 word portfolio 85%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandKnowledge and understanding of the theories informing counselling.
ConceptualUnderstandKnowledge and understanding of the historical developments, values, and philosophy.
ConceptualEvaluateCritical appreciation of the different therapeutic approaches between counselling and other therapies.
FactualAnalyseCritical appreciation of the key debates, research methods and professional issues in counselling and related fields.

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