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HECS5183M Becoming a Reflective Practitioner 1a

15 creditsClass Size: 22

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Stuart Gore

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is mutually exclusive with

HECS2103Counselling Skills Develop (1)
HECS2104Personal Awareness Devel. (1)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is the first of four Reflective Practitioner modules and together they constitute the core of experiential and practice learning within the MA Psychotherapy and Counselling programme. This module runs during Semester 1. In this module the focus will be on developing your counselling skills so that you and we can be confident of your ability to work with clients, and building a reflective space to help you develop greater self-awareness and intersubjective awareness. For skills practice, you will be working in small groups taking the roles of counsellor, client and observer. These practice sessions are video-recorded so that you can reflect on the session in the light of feedback from your peers and tutors. During this module there will be several 'reflective space' sessions, which will provide opportunities to reflect on aspects of your own history and experience through group activities and experiential exercises. They will be in groups half the size of your whole year group and facilitated by tutors. There will also be seminars on topics related to beginning your counselling practice, such as supervision, the BACP Ethical Framework, contracting and record keeping.


To develop counselling skills and reflexive awareness in preparation for beginning counselling practice on placement in an agency setting.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a range of skills in counselling practice situations with peers and readiness to begin practice as a psychotherapeutic counsellor.
2. Critically reflect on skills demonstrating self awareness using constructive feedback
3. Integrate aspects of intersubjective awareness with the use of counselling skills in practice sessions with peers.

Skills outcomes
Students will be required to demonstrate a level of counselling skills and self awareness commensurate with beginning counselling practice with clients in an agency setting.


1. Counselling skills development in peer practice groups and peer/self-appraisal skills audit.
2. Observed counselling skills practice with peers plus feedback and critical reflection on effectiveness and appropriateness of counselling skills interactions.
3. Theoretical aspects of counselling practice (e.g. the therapeutic frame, the therapeutic relationship).
4. The BACP Ethical Framework.
5. Group learning for personal awareness development including facilitated reflection on group interactions.
6. Peer review of learning journal feeding into assessment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment13.003.00
Group learning61.006.00
Private study hours105.00
Total Contact hours45.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Reviewing tapes of counselling skills practice sessions
Keeping a reflective journal (which is private and not assessed by others)
Assignment preparation
Personal therapy (non-assessed)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Peer and tutor feedback on counselling skills practice sessions.

Peer review of learning journal (students feedback to peers their learning using their learning journal to inform their presentation).

Participation in seminars and group learning sessions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical20 minute live and recorded counselling skills activity with peer Assessed by counselling adherence scale60.00
PracticalReflection in skills also recorded after skills session40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The live skills activity will be assessed using the PCEPS scale where mark between 20 and 60 can be awarded with the pass mark being 40. Thus PCEPS marks will be converted into an actual mark by the following equation: PCEPS mark - 20 /40 * 100 (PCEPS attached). This will comprise 70% of the final mark. The students will also be asked to critically reflect on their skills and their ability to do this and demonstrate self and intersubjective awareness will also contribute to 30% of the mark given. Compensation between parts is not given.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 04/09/2017


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