SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 45.00
ECTS Credit Points 22.50
Module Code MDC822196
Module Leader Richard Golsworthy
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Critical Enquiry in Counselling Psychology 1 MMC821813

Summary of Content

Critical Enquiry into Counselling Psychology: Theory & Practice 2 (CE2) addresses organisational and social contexts relevant to mental health and critically explores their themes and processes in relation to theory and practice of Counselling Psychology. The module locates the profession of Counselling Psychology within a range of organizational domains (e.g. voluntary sector, NHS, EAP's), considering these in terms of their underpinning philosophies, demands and expectations. This exploration will encompass a range of perspectives, including those informed by theories of organisations, teams and professions. A specific focus of the module will be the relationship between healthcare settings and Counselling Psychology theory and practice. This will involve, a deep exploration of severe psychological distress and its treatment, and will include a critical exploration of topics such as psychiatric classification, diagnosis, theories of psychopathology, psychopharmacology in mental health. Allied to this will be an exploration of the potential role of psychometric testing in psychological work. A second strand of the module will turn to wider issues of the social context itself, considering social-constructionist, sociological and a range of other critiques of psychological practice. Integral to these is the notion of oppression. The module will explore the nature and basis of oppressive practice in Counselling Psychology and consider what is meant by an anti-discrimatory stance, considering this in terms of a range of perspectives including those of the service user. This will provide a basis for a further exploration of cultural and spiritual diversity and the implications of this for counselling psychologists.


The following topics will be explored: Organisational contexts and Counselling Psychology; " Theories of organizations and groups; " Multi-disciplinary team working; " Professionalism and Counselling Psychology; " The history, philosophy and practice of psychiatry and its contemporary role in mental health; " The relationship between Counselling Psychology and the 'medical model' in mental health; " The biopsychosocial model; " Psychodiagnosis and classification " Theories of psychopathology and severe mental health disorder; " Psychopharmacology; " Psychometric testing in mental health; " Critical psychiatry, the recovery movement and the survivor movement; " Counselling Psychology and the social context; " The social organization of counseling and psychotherapy; " Social oppression and its relationship to psychology; " Anti-discriminatory practice - working with disability, sexuality, gender, ethnicity and class issues

Learning Outcomes

On completing this module, trainees should be able to demonstrate:1 A substantial and critical understanding of the complex relationship between healthcare contexts and Counselling Psychology practice;2 An integrated understanding of the key dimensions of a range of Counselling Psychology contexts, the professional dilemmas these may present, and the conceptual basis for developing innovative solutions to these; 3 A critical understanding of the nature, basis and treatment of severe psychological distress in contemporary mental health practice and the implications of this for Counselling Psychologists;4 An awareness of the role of psychometric testing in Counselling Psychology;5 The understanding and ability to evaluate personal practice as a Counselling Psychologist;6 An ability to draw on the evidence-base and developing professional knowledge to make informed decisions and communicate about professional dilemmas and practice;7 An integratedand critical awareness of sociological, cultural and critical perspectives on the theory and practice of Psychology in the Mental Health domain and the capacity to demonstrate a personal stance on these;8 An advanced and conceptually sophisticated understanding of human diversity and the potential for oppression in the context of mental health and psychological working, and the capacity to develop an effective anti-discriminatory stance.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Critical Enquiry into Counselling Psychology: Theory & Practice 2 uses regular day or part-day workshops to address professional issues allied to Psychotherapeutic Competencies

Indicative Reading

American Psychiatric Association. (2005). DSM-IV-TR: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , 4th Ed., text revision. Washington, DC: APA. Banton, R., Clifford, P., Frosh, S., Lousada, J. & Rosenthall, J. (1985). The Politics of Mental Health. London: Macmillan. **Bentall, R. (2007). Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature . London: Penguin Books. Billington, R., Hockey, S., & Strawbridge, S. (1998). Exploring Self and Society . London: Macmillan. British Psychological Society. (2004). Special Edition on Counselling Psychology and Psychological Testing. Counselling Psychology Review 19(4). London: BPS. Clegg, S.R. (1989). Frameworks of Power . London: Sage. Douglas, M. (1987). How Institutions Think . London: RKP. Hammersley, D. (1995). Counselling People on Prescribed Drugs. London: Sage. Healy, D. (2004). The Creation of Psychpharmacology . Harvard University Press. Hodges, J. (2005). Cognitive Assessment for Clinicians. Oxford University Press. House, R. (2003). Therapy beyond Modernity: Deconstructing and Transcending Profession-centred Therapy . London: Karnac. Johnstone, L. (2000). Users and Abusers of Psychiatry . London: Routledge. Joseph, S. (2001). Psychopathology and Therapeutic Approaches: An introduction . Houndmills: Palgrave. Kearney, A. (1996). Counselling, Class and Politics: Undeclared influences in therapy . Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books. Lago, C. & Smith, B. (2003). Anti-Discriminatory Counselling Practice . London: Sage. **Lemma, A. (1996). Introduction to Psychopathology . London: Sage. Marris, P. (1996). The Politics of Uncertainty: Attachment in Private and Public Life . London: Routledge. Newnes, C., Dunn, C. & Holmes, G, (Eds) (1999). This is Madness: a Critical Look at Psychiatry and the Future of Mental Health Services . Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books. Newnes, C., Dunn, C. & Holmes, G, (Eds) (2001). This is Madness Too: Critical Perspectives on Mental Health Services . Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books. Patterson, J.E., Albala, A.A., McCahill, M.E. & Edwards, T. (2996 ). The Therapist's Guide to Psychopharmacology. New York: Guilford Press. Proctor, G. (2002). The Dynamics of Power in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Ethics, Politics and Practice. Module Descriptor MMC821814 Glasgow Caledonian University 12/13 Transferred from ADS Ver 2 Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books. **Roth, A. & Fonagy, P. (2005). What Works for Whom: a Critical Review of Psychotherapy Research, 2nd Ed . London; Guilford Press. Slater, L. (2008). Welcome to My Country: Journeys into the World of a Therapist and Her Patients. US: Anchor Books. **Smail, D. (2005). Power, Interest and Psychology: Elements of a Social Materialist Understanding of Distress. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books.

Transferrable Skills

Following completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate the following; " An ability to develop complex conceptual understandings of the range of organizational dynamics that impact upon Counselling Psychology practice " A capacity to evaluate the potential role of biological, social and psychological factors in mental health difficulties and use this evaluation to develop innovative, sophisticated and evidence-based formulations; " An ability to value the perspectives and philosophies informing a range of professional approaches to mental health issues, and to assume a specific stance in relation to these; " A competence in psychometric assessment, and a critical appreciation of the complex issues surrounding the application and interpretations of such tests in mental health domains; " A sophistical understanding of the relationship between socio-political and psychological domains, and a personal stance in relation to the nature and basis of anti-discriminatory practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Independent Learning (FT) 340.00
Practicals (FT) 60.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 50.00 50% 5000 word critical review
Coursework 1 n/a 20.00 50% 2000 word psychometric assessment
Coursework 2 n/a 30.00 50% 3000 word critical review