SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3B423295
Module Leader Christine Monaghan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Human Nutrition and Dietetics
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Introduction to Counselling Skills 1 - Core Skills and Qualities

Summary of Content

In this module the focus shifts from the basic attending & responding skills of the pre-requisite module to the structures, boundaries and ethical framework which shape the counselling relationship, and to the process of change. Students continue to focus on the concepts of counselling and the use of counselling skills within the helping relationship and to apply their developing knowledge and skills to working with the dynamics of change. They continue to develop the concepts and experience of self-awareness and personal growth in the context of developing counselling skills, set within the theoretical concepts of the person-centred approach. The aim of this module is to continue to develop the use of a counselling approach and counselling skills within their primary profession.


Consolidation and expansion of the learning of the pre-requisite module in the areas of knowledge, skills, and self-awareness and ethics. Placing the practice component within a structure of Beginnings, Middles and Endings. The processes and elements within the structure of a counselling approach. Transitions and the concept of change in the context of a counselling approach. Factors which facilitate and inhibit the process. The influence of motives and values in the context of the helping process, and the importance of boundaries. Motivational interviewing. Continuation of exploration of the experience of self and others in the group setting. Integration of the learning, practice and self-evaluation of own practice.

Learning Outcomes

On Successful completion of this module, students should be able to:Analyse the ways in which emotions are communicated and responded to within a counselling approachApply knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Beginnings, Middles and Endings in interactions, and analyse these stages in a counselling approach.Apply knowledge of the concept of change to the context of a counselling approach, and analyse factors which facilitate and inhibit the process.Apply elements of goal setting strategies within a counselling approach and identify possible abuses in the goal setting process.Critically evaluate the need for self-awareness and personal growth in the development of counselling skills.Critically evaluate the basic ethical and attitudinal framework necessary in the construction of counselling approach.

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

Transferred from ADS Ver 5 Bond T. 2009. Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action. Sage Publications. Brug J. Spikmans F., Aarten C., Breedveld B., Bes R., Fereira I. 2007. Training Dietitians in Basic Motivational Interviewing Skills Results in Changes in Their Counselling Style and in Lower Saturated Fat Intakes in Their Patients. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour. 39, pg 8-12. Carkhuff R. 2000. The Art of Helping in the 21st Century. Press Inc Culley S, Bond T (2004): Integrative Counselling Skills in Action. Sage Publications Ltd Davies M. 2007. Boundaries in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Athena Press Ltd Egan G. 2009. The Skilled Helper: California. Wadsworth inc. Gilbert S. 2005. Counselling for Eating Disorders. SAGE Publications Ltd Hough M 2006. Counselling Skills and Theory. Hodder & Stoughton Health and Professions Council 2008. Standards of Conduct, Performance & Ethics. London. Health and Care Professions Council Health and Care Professions Council 2007. 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 Miller W., Rollnick S. 2002. Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change. Guilford Press Nelson- Jones R.2007. Basic Counselling Skills: A Helper's Manual. Sage Publications. Ltd Rapoport L.& Perry KN. 2000. Do Dieticians Feel That They have Had Adequate Training in Behaviour Change Methods. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics . Vol. 13 (4) pg 287-298 Sanders P. 2007. First Steps in Counselling: A Students' Companion to Basic Introductory Courses. PCCS Books Url: <> http://www.counselling .

Transferrable Skills

It is expected that the development of the above skills will increase the student's 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
Independent Learning (FT) 66.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

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