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HECS5185M Becoming a Reflective Practitioner 1b

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 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

HECS5183M Becoming a reflective practitioner 1a


HECS5183MBecoming a Reflective Practitioner 1a

This module is mutually exclusive with

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

This module is not approved as an Elective


Building on Becoming a reflective practitioner 1a, this module will develop and support the student's counselling practice and reflexive awareness of intersubjectivity in both counselling and personal relationships.

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate (through recorded material) and critically reflect on the effective use of skills in counselling practice with clients.
2. Make effective use of clinical supervision.
3. Critically reflect on aspects of counselling practice, the BACP Ethical Framework and other relevant codes of ethics.
4. Reflexively consider common presenting issues arising in counselling practice.
5. Critically reflect on intersubjective processes in personal development.

Skills outcomes
Students will be expected to develop psychotherapeutic counselling skills and a level of reflexivity to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with clients, and to maintain logs of their counselling practice and supervision.


- Skills development for intersubjective practice
- Aspects of practice: assessment & contracting, notes & data protection, brief & longer term therapy, managing endings, evaluation of counselling
- Presenting issues: loss, depression and anxiety
- Group learning for personal awareness development
- Personal therapy (non-assessed)
- Clinical practice
- Individual external supervision

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning121.0012.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Preparing for group learning activities including group supervision
Reviewing and critiquing recorded skills practice sessions
Keeping learning journal
Assignment preparation
Personal therapy (25 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

• Participation in seminars, exercises and discussion.
• Peer and tutor observation and feedback on counselling skills practice sessions with peers
• Group supervision of sessions with simulated clients
• Peer review of learning journal.
• Participation in personal development group process

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationCritical analysis of video recorded counselling skills session with simulated client (1500 words)100.00
PracticalVideo recorded counselling skills session with simulated client (20 minutes) (pass/fail)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Both elements of assessment must be passed. The counselling skills session will be assessed using the skills grid for this module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 04/09/2017


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