SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MDC822200
Module Leader Richard Golsworthy
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Students will have tohave satisfied the professional and placement requirements of the programme at that stage and level in order to pass the module.

Summary of Content

This module, run over three semesters, will further support students' professional development as Counselling Psychologists. The module will provide a reflective context for personal exploration and understanding through the conduct of a regular professional development group in which students will be encouraged to explore, and critically examine, aspects of their personal development and conduct relevant to the development of a professional identity, and to consider the impact of the programme and associated learning experiences on this. Students will also be required to keep a learning journal, documenting the impact of the programme and clinical work, and to reflect deeply on this in terms of its implications for their personal stance as a Counselling Psychologist. The provides the basis for monitoring and recording the students progress toward meeting the professional requirements of the programme.


The syllabus of this module is student-directed in terms of the personal and professional issues that emerge throughout its duration.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to have:1. A critical understanding of their professional identity as a Counselling Psychologist;2. An awareness of the ways in which their personal experiencing relates to their professional stance as a CounsellingPsychologist;3. A critical understanding of the complex relationship between the personal and professional domains in CounsellingPsychology, and the tensions this presents for Counselling Psychologists;4. A capacity to analyse complex professional dilemmas and generate innovative solutions to these drawing on a personalstance in the Counselling Psychology domain.5. An ability to reflect critically on personal functioning in professional practice and to engage positively with feedback fromfellow students, supervisors and tutors'6. A critical understanding of how personal development has been integrated in course learning and professional work.7. An ability to be able to reflect on and evaluate own practice from an ethical perspective.8. An ability to initiate, conduct and end effective psychotherapeutic relationships using a range of psychotherapeuticmodels.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Upon completion of the module, students will have developed the following:- - A capacity to reflect on, and critically evaluate, the role of 'self' in relation to professional practice; - A critical appreciation of the opportunities and challenges of engaging in professional development activities; - An ability to use a Learning Journal to record and reflect upon professional development; - An ability to identify, conceptualise and resolve complex professional dilemmas in a manner consistent with the philosophy and requirements of Counselling Psychology.

Indicative Reading

Students will be encouraged to read widely in a way that reflects their own professional needs and interests. This may be supplemented by tests such as; Bolton, G. (2005) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development. Sage: London. Friedson, E. (2001) Professionalism, the Third Logic. Polity Press: Brighton. Eraut, M (1994) Developing Professional Knowledge and Competence. Routledge: London Moon, J. A. (2000) Reflection in Learning and Professional Development: Theory and Practice. Routledge: London. Page, S. (1999) The Shadow and the Counsellor: Working with the Darker Aspects of the Person, the Role and the Profession. Routledge: London. Schon, D. A. (1991) The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action. Arena Books: New York. Woskett, V. (1999) The Therapeutic Use of Self: Counselling Practice, Research and Supervision. Routledge: London.

Transferrable Skills

The module will be delivered primarily through the conduct of weekly professional development group, supplemented by completion of a professional development log.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00
Practicals (FT) 36.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 50% Supervision and skills development log
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 50% 5,000 word reflective review