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LLLC2304 Counselling Skills for Professional Practice

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Sally Gibbs

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Do you want to work more effectively with your colleagues and develop your own personal awareness? This module introduces you to skilled helping using counselling theories and skills, and their application in a range of one-to-one situations likely to arise in working with colleagues and service users in a variety of organisations. There is also the opportunity to reflect upon aspects of self that may enhance and hinder interactions with others.


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...
1. Identify a range of counselling theories and models that can be used in skilled helping
2. Evaluate strategies to use to support problem identification and action planning
3. Analyse and apply the ethical principles of skilled helping
4. Explore personal values and attitudes which may impact on interaction with clients

Objectives will be enabled through interactive teaching sessions and through the assessment.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. identify and examine a range of one-to-one situations likely to arise in working with colleagues and service users;
2. analyse counselling theory from a diversity of traditions and demonstrate appropriate use in working one-to-one;
3. evaluate, apply and develop insight into strategies for effective problem solving, goal setting and action planning;
4. explore the significance of cultural, social and psychological difference and ethical principles in one-to-one relating;
5. reflect upon aspects of self that may enhance and hinder interactions with others.

Skills outcomes
1.Effective listening, reflecting, analysing, evaluating, paraphrasing, summarising, questioning and challenging
2.Analyse the role and importance of non-verbal communications
3.Problem solving, goal setting, action planning and reviewing
4.Identifying personal feelings, reactions, and motives and how these influence our response to particular situations and individuals


- Critical consideration of situations that often occur when working with colleagues and service users and identification and assessment of appropriate roles to be undertaken and application of skills.
- Counselling theories and models used in working with a range of individuals, strategies for coping and the manner in which counselling skills can be applied as a means of effective intervention.

- Analysis and evaluation of verbal and non-verbal communication and use of constructive, positive and critical feedback
- Experiential activities and practice situations to develop a variety of skills relevant to support effective use of counselling skills in one-to-one situations.

- Exploration of ethical issues and cultural differences in working with others
- Maintaining reflexive learning journal on perceptions of self and the impact upon personal development in a range of environments.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Private study
- Reading 44 hours
- Keeping journal 33 hours
- Seminar preparation 22 hours
- Making notes and observations 33 hours
- Preparing assignments 48 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Skills practice in class with tutor and peer feedback
- Participation in group activities
- Tutor review and feedback of learning journal
- One to one tutorials

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Case Study2,500 words60.00
Reflective log1,500 words40.00
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: 29/04/2024 16:16:10


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