INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELLING SKILLS 1 - CORE SKILLS AND QUALITIES

SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3B423294
Module Leader Christine Monaghan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Trimester
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Any FE or HE Diploma related to Health and Social Care

Summary of Content

Students will be introduced to the concepts of counselling and to the use of counselling skills within the professional relationship in Health and Social Care. They will learn to understand the basic ethical and attitudinal framework which is required for attending and responding skills to become counselling skills or part of a counselling approach to be used within their primary profession. They will be introduced to the concepts and experience of self-awareness and personal growth in the context of developing counselling skills. They will identify and analyse the nature of the basic attending and responding skills, and will develop these in a safe, supportive environment. Students will learn to identify and analyse the processes of a counselling approach and to apply these skills within the essential ethical framework. Integral to the module material and formal assessments will be a careful process of self-evaluation.

Syllabus

Introduction to concepts of counselling and to the use of counselling skills within a primary profession. Basic attending and responding skills used within a counselling approach. The ethical and attitudinal framework of a counselling approach within a primary profession. The concept and experience of self-awareness and personal growth in the context of counselling skills development. The influence of motives and values in the context of the helping process. The processes and elements within the structure of a counselling approach within a primary profession. Exploration of the experience of self and others in the group setting.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:Evaluate the difference between formal counselling and use of counselling skills which are used in many health and social care settings.Demonstrate a working knowledge of attending and responding skills (core skills) and analyse the essential qualities (core conditions) within a counselling approach.Demonstrate understanding of the essential need for self-awareness and personal growth in the development ofcounselling skills.Evaluate the basic ethical framework necessary in the construction of a counselling approach.Demonstrate awareness of some of the complexities in the definitions of confidentiality when using a counselling approach within a primary profession.Demonstrate understanding of the use of counselling skills with their primary profession.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The material of this module will be taught mainly through the use of practical sessions, seminars and tutorial groups. In all of these there will be a high level of student input. Assessment of skills is on-going and formative throughout the module, through the use of verbal and written feedback and the keeping of reflective journals. Formal assessment will take the form of a written assignment of 2000 words.

Indicative Reading

Bond T. 2009. Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action. Sage Publications. Carkhuff R. 2000. The Art of Helping in the 21st Century. Press Inc Egan G. 2009. The Skilled Helper: California. Wadsworth inc. Gable J., 2007. Counselling Skills for Dietitians. United Kingdom. Blackwell Publications Hough M 2006. Counselling Skills and Theory. Hodder & Stoughton Health and Care Professions Council 2013. Standards of Conduct, Performance & Ethics. London. Health and Care Professions Council Health and Care Professions Council 2013. Standards of Proficiency - Dieticians. London. Health and Care Professions Council McLeod J. 2009. Introduction to Counselling. OU Press Mearns D., Thorne B. 2007. Person-Centred Counselling in Action. SAGE Publications Ltd Nelson- Jones R.2007. Basic Counselling Skills: A Helper's Manual. Sage Publications. Ltd Rosal MC., Ebbling CB., Lofgren I., Ockene JK. Ockene IF., & Herbert JR., 2001. Facilitating Dietry Change: The Patient Centered Counseling Model. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Vol.101 (3) pg 332-341 Sanders P. 2007. First Steps in Counselling: A Students' Companion to Basic Introductory Courses. PCCS Books Url: <http://www.bacp.co.uk> http://bda.uk.com http://www.cosca.org.uk http://www.counselling . co.uk http://www.hcpc-uk.org

Transferrable Skills

It is expected that the development of the above skills will increase the students' ability to assist in the empowerment of the client in any health and social care setting through heightened awareness of the construction of a facilitative relationship and of enhanced awareness of the use of self as a reflective practitioner.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 66.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% 2000 word essay