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2011/12 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HECS3157 Counselling Skills Development (2)

30 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Greg Nolan

Taught: 1 Sep to 30 Jun View Timetable

Year running 2011/12

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of year one of programme and access to a suitable client group in appropriate organisations, ie one that is professionally managed/effectively monitored and offers the students opportunities to engage in on-going counselling work.


HECS2101Theory and Concepts of Counselling
HECS2102Personality Development & Self
HECS2103Counselling Skills Develop (1)
HECS2104Personal Awareness Devel. (1)

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module will build on clinical experience accumulated to date on the use of self and the application of theoretical knowledge.

Specific issues of psychological disturbance and distress and formulating appropriate responses within the therapeutic process will be addressed.

Experiential activities and group supervision linked to taped client sessions will both enhance and continue to develop professional counselling practice awareness.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Provide professionally appropriate conditions for effective counselling.
2. Effectively manage a range of client material presented in the therapeutic relationship.
3. Reflect upon, and respond to, complex verbal and non-verbal client behaviour.
4. Engage in the use of constructive, positive and critical feedback from peers and tutors.
5. Participate in and facilitate peer group supervision sessions effectively.
6. Analyse own and others' taped case material with a critical awareness of theoretical perspectives studied.
7. Critically reflect upon the supervision group dynamics.
8. Engage appropriately in individual supervision sessions and apply learning to clinical practice.
9. Demonstrate an integration of counselling theory, skills and self-awareness in therapeutic practice.
10. Analyse and critically evaluate clinical casework.
11. Reflect upon and analyse aspects of self in the therapeutic relationship that enhance or hinder competence as a counsellor.
12. Demonstrate reflexive management of personal material made conscious in the therapeutic frame.
13. Enable options and outcomes when evaluating ethical and moral aspects of professional practice dilemmas.


A range of learning methods will be adopted, including skills development groups and peer- and tutor-facilitated supervision groups for reflection on case work and related issues. Students will engage with clients and professionals in external counselling agencies and develop a relationship with an external consultant, thus broadening their awareness and experience of professional practice.

Students will be expected to reflexively consider inter- and intra-personal phenomena as they inform and clarify self-awareness in clinical practice, linked to the significance of their interventions and client responses. Therapeutic strategies and approaches to a range of clinical and social contexts will be evaluated. There will be the opportunity to reflect upon the use of instruments of evaluation/appraisal in current counselling practice.

On successful completion of this module students will have effectively demonstrated and communicated their professional competence in the therapeutic environment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours236.00
Total Contact hours64.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

- Recording observations, impressions, reactions and reflections on skills activities: 35 hours
- Preparation for group supervision: 20 hours
- Reading: 90 hours
- Assignments: 76 hours
- Individual supervision: 15 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Observation of live skills by tutors and peers using a feedback proforma
- Use of audiotaped client sessions presented to individual and group supervision
- Presentation of case material in individual and group supervision
- Active reflection on the use of self within the client relationship, in individual and group supervision
- Tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment20 minute audiotape (pass/fail)0.00
Assignment4,000 word clinical narrative relating to tape (100%)100.00
PortfolioPortfoilio of counselling, supervision and client logs, external supervisors report (pass/fail)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Must pass all elements to pass module

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 22/08/2012


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