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2011/12 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HECS2104 Personal Awareness Development (1)

20 creditsClass Size: 14

Module manager: Dr Bonnie Meekums

Taught: 1 Sep to 30 Jun View Timetable

Year running 2011/12

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students should have achieved a Certificate in Counselling Skills (minimum 100 hours class contact as a coherent group) + experience in the helping role.

Students need to be able to demonstrate access to clients within an Agency that offers counselling support

Module replaces

ADUL3740 Supervised Practice and Personal Development 1

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Identify and reflect upon aspects of self and others that enhance and hinder personal development.
- Identify and reflect upon aspects of self and others that enhance or hinder the application of personal awareness and competence in the role of professional counsellor.
- Have both an experiential and a theoretical awareness of dynamic processes of the group interactions.
- Reflexively consider issues of change identified in personal therapy.
- Identify the significance of the above in their own counselling practice.


Building upon the BACP recommendations for the personal development of counsellors in training, students will extend their awareness of self and the central importance of personal development to counsellor practice. They will engage in systematic structured self-awareness activities exploring both self-disclosures and the disclosures of others on aspects of personal life histories and feelings engendered in the here-and-now. Opportunity will be afforded to explore phenomena experienced in the transference/countertransference relationship and the effects of the group dynamics.

The group will negotiate an agreed view towards trust, confidentiality, the nature of disclosures, and the group environment. Learning will be facilitated by:

- an open and shared oral reflection on the group experience;
- maintaining a personal learning journal on perceptions of self and others' experiences within the group and the impact upon personal development inside and outside of the group environment;
- the sharing of the journal process with a colleague;
- evaluating the group experience;
- discussion of group interaction;
- engage in in personal therapy to a minimum number of hours across Years 1& 2 with a counsellor from the list available in the Counselling Department.

This module should reflect aspects of a therapeutic group experience and the paralleling of the learning dynamics present within such groups.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Clinical Practice301.5045.00
Private study hours155.00
Total Contact hours45.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Recording personal notes, impressions, reactions and reflections: 91 hours;
Reading: 30 hours;
Assignment: 30 hours;
Study Weekend: 4 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Ongoing Peer and Tutor feedback during regular personal development activities;
10 minute presentation of formative Personal Learning Statement (notes - 500 words approx.) with peer and tutor feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral Presentation10 minute presentation (pass/fail)0.00
Personal StatementLearning Statement: 2500 words essay (pass/fail)100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 22/08/2012


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