SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MDC822204
Module Leader Tasim Martin
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Professional Development in Counselling Psychology 2 (MDC822200). Students will not be permitted to enter for viva examination of this module until all other modules on the programme have been completed

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 through the conduct of a regular professional development group, in which students will be encouraged to explore, critically examine and integrate aspects of their experiencing, learning and conduct relevant to the development of a professional identity as a Counselling Psychologist. Students will be encouraged to keep a learning journal to support this. The module will also focus upon issues linked to employability as a Counselling Psychologist, and provide a forum for career planning and development issues. A number of themed workshops linked to employablity skills will be undertaken to ensure students are equipped with the skills required to develop and maintain a professional career in Counselling Psychology. The module also provides the basis for monitoring and recording the students progress toward meeting the professional requirements of the programme, which will be recorded in a professional development log reviewed on a regular basis.


The syllabus of this module is primarily student-directed in terms of the personal and professional issues that emerge throughout its duration. A small number of workshops on employability issues will be conducted throughout the year.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate the following:• A critical understanding of their professional identity as a counselling psychologist;13• An awareness of the ways in which their personal experiencing relates to their professional stance as a counselling psychologist;• A critical and detailed understanding of the complex relationship between the personal and professional domains in counselling psychology, and the tensions this presents for counselling psychologists;• A capacity to analyse complex professional dilemmas and generate innovative solutions to these drawing on a creative and original personal stance in the counselling psychology domain;• A detailed understanding of the complex range of factors impacting upon employability as a counselling psychologist and the development of an innovative, personal strategy regarding career planning;• An ability to reflect critically on personal functioning in professional practice and to engage positively with feedback from fellow students, supervisors and tutors;• A detailed understanding of how personal development has been integrated in course learning and professional work;• An ability to reflect on and critically evaluate their practice in relation ethical and anti-discriminatory values and principles;• An ability to initiate, conduct and end effective psychotherapeutic relationships using a range of psychotherapeutic models.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered primarily through the conduct of weekly professional development group, supplemented by a learning journal

Indicative Reading

Students will be encouraged to read widely in a way that reflects their own professional needs and interests. However, to support the employability strand of the module, reading such as teh following will be advised; Anderson, L. and Bolt, S. (2007) Professionalism: real skills for workplace success. Prentice Hall: NJ. Counselling Psychology Review (2007) Special Edition on the everyday working lives of Counselling Psychologists. Vol. 22. No. 1. Frankland, A. (2003) Counselling Psychology; The next 10 years, in Woolfe et al. Handbook of Counselling Psychology. Sage: London.

Transferrable Skills

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; - An ability to develop complex, systematic and comprehensive plans regarding personal and professional development.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 83.00
Practicals (PT) 37.00
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Practicals (FT) 37.00
Independent Learning (PT) 83.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% 5000 viva reflective review integrating statement & portfolio review; placement log evidencing min. of 450 hours satisfactory development log including evidence of 40 hrs personal therapy