SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code M3B924211
Module Leader Jackie Duff
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Counselling Skills and Practice

Summary of Content

This online module is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the couple and family counselling processes emphasising a 'Systems Approach' and to further develop a knowledge of in-depth counselling models, approaches and skills in couple and family counselling practice, which are holistic, practical, comprehensive and build on the student's previous knowledge of the helping/counselling relationship and self-awareness. The online module incorporates both theoretical principles and work based practice activities supported by an online mentor.


Developing couple and family counselling practice: -142b7 Principal theories, concepts and models of couple and family counselling -142b7 Family Systems Approach integrated with 'The Skilled Helper' model b7 Pastoral care and counselling to help couples and families. b7 Counselling Process, Counselling Skills and Relationships b7 Empathic relationship with each partner and family member b7 Structure and flow of helping couples and families on a short and long term basis: b7 Sociological issues', pastoral and spiritual issues, separation issues, relationship dynamics. b7 Professional and ethical practice in working with couples and families -142

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:LO1: Scrutinise evidence from literature to explore the scope, content and perspectives of contemporary models of couples and family counselling. LO 2: Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and critically evaluate a Family Systems Approach (Haley) to supporting and counselling clients using the core conditions (Rogers).LO 3: Exhibit an increasing ability to provide a series of client focused activities (Egan) through the use of counselling strategies (Haley) using the core conditions (Rogers) when working with 'dysfunctional' families.LO 4: Critically analyse and evaluate the contemporary main theoretical models of couple and family counselling and synthesise ideas, concepts, information and issues using a person-centred integrative framework. LO 5: Evaluate guidelines for working with couples and families using skills of analysis and critical evaluation of current legislation and its application to practice in your work place.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy will enable the students to synthesise and apply knowledge gained from study of the topics within the module. The teaching and learning will follow an online approach to ensure flexibility for students. Teaching methods will include tutor and peer input, guided reading and online learning. Tutors will provide opportunities to consider and explore actual and potential therapeutic intervention strategies relevant to counselling interventions with clients who have couple and family issues. Online multi-media presentations, audio files and online course materials provide the main theoretical, skills and knowledge framework to assist independent learning. Written and oral feedback from tutors will develop and maintain student's professional competence. The Reflective Practitioner Activities Portfolio will enhance student's abilities to reflect on self, apply theoretical concepts and use the 'collective' (peers, colleagues and internet) to develop their self-regulated learning. The Reflective Practitioner Activities Portfolio further enhances the student's ability to reflect and evaluate progress in developing knowledge and competence in couple and family counselling with feedback from the online tutor.

Indicative Reading

Altschuer, J. 2011, Counselling and psychotherapy in times of illness and death, Palgrave Mcmillan, Basingstoke. Dallis, R. 2010 An introduction to family therapy (Systemic theory and practice) 3 rd edn Open University Press, Berkshire. Egan,G. 2014, The skilled helper, 10 th edn, Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA Hills, J. 2012, Introduction to systemic and family therapy. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. Martin, P. 2010, Couple counselling: A practical guide, Sage, London. Mearns, D., Thorne, B. & McLeod, J. 2013, Person-centred counselling in action, 4 th edn, Sage: London. O'Leary, C.J. 2012, The practice of person-centred couple and family therapy. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. Proctor, G. 2014, Values and ethics in counselling and psychotherapy, Sage, London Stewart, W. 2013, An A-Z of counselling theory and practice, 4 th edn, Centage Learning EMEA, Andover. Priest, H. 2011, an introduction to psychological care in nursing and the health professions, Sage, London Journals -142b7 Journal of Marital and Family Therapy b7 The Family Journal b7 Therapy Today - Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. (BACP) b7 Counselling in Scotland -- Journal of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy). b7 European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling (Eur Journal of Psychotherapy Counselling Health). Websites -142b7 -142b7 b7 b7 b7 b7 http:// b7 -142b7 /relationship-counselling b7

Transferrable Skills

-Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner -Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning -Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills -Work effectively with others -Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice -Appreciate the need for a high level of ethical and professional conduct

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Directed Learning (FDL) 50.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 140.00
Practicals (FDL) 65.00
Tutorials (FDL) 15.00
Assessment (FDL) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% 2500 word Case Study-Recorded/Analysed (Trimester 2)
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% 2500 word Reflective Essay on Theory (Trimester 1)
Course Work 03 n/a 0.00 35% Practice Activities Portfiolio - Pass/Fail only - Exceptions Case No.162