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HECS5330M Introduction to Psychotherapeutic Counselling Theories

15 creditsClass Size: 24

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: Netalie Shloim

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Bachelor's degree usually at 2.1 with hons and level 3 certificate in counselling skills or equivalent.
Students for whom English is not their first language must meet the University's entry criteria for English language ibtTOEFL of 92 (21 for listening, 21 for reading, 22 for writing and 23 for speaking)
It is desirable for students to have had experience of working in a helping role prior to application
Students will undergo full DBS check and occupational health review prior to commencing the programme

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

In studying this module, you will become familiar with theoretical ideas and concepts that have evolved within the fields of humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural and third wave approaches to psychotherapeutic counselling and psychotherapy. Through an awareness of contemporary findings in research-informed clinical practice you will see how these ideas have been shown to contribute to effective therapy when working with those experiencing mental health difficulties. Within this module you will begin to experience how these ideas and theories might be processed and become part of your practice. Key aspects of your learning will be on the therapeutic relationship, the nature of relational intersubjectivity as experienced within interpersonal relating, and the interdependency of your unique self with the other in the integration of counselling and psychotherapy theory into clinical practice.


Students will begin to experience how theoretical ideas and concepts in the fields of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and counselling might be processed into clinical practice. Key aspects of learning will be on the nature of the therapeutic relationship and its centrality within the therapeutic frame.

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate an in-depth critical awareness of a range of psychotherapeutic counselling theories and approaches.
2. Demonstrate in depth critical insight into models of the therapeutic relationship with a set of clinical concepts to relate theory to practice.
3. Demonstrate in depth critical awareness of the person and mind thorough models of human change and the way change can be facilitated.


- The role of the therapist and the therapeutic alliance
- Theories in Psychoanalysis
- Person Centred Approach
- Cognitive behavioural approach
- Trauma and PTSD
- Attachment
- Existentialism and not knowing.
- Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours105.00
Total Contact hours45.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent study will involve research and reading for structured teaching sessions, independent preparation for teaching activities, assignment preparation and literature searching.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Prior reading and research reflected in group discussions
Active participation in group exercises
Submission of essay plan for formative feedback

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000 words100.00
Written WorkFORMATIVE: Outline of content for summative essay assignment0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits will be assessed using the same methodology as first attempts.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/06/2022


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