SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 45.00
ECTS Credit Points 22.50
Module Code MDC825610
Module Leader Tasim Martin
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Applied Psychology Practice 2

Summary of Content

The module builds on and further develops students' competencies associated with their clinical practice as counselling psychologists, as well as developing knowledge and skills in working with groups, couples, families and intimate relationships. The concept of the 'reflective practitioner' supports students further developing their skills of self-observation and awareness, and self-reflection relating to personal and professional development


Students will explore the following topics: " Definitions and conceptualisations of therapeutic groups; " Psychodyanamic and systemic approaches to group therapy; " Cognitive-behavioural approaches to group therapy; " Person-centred/experiential approaches to group therapy; " Social Psychology and group processes; " Assessment and participation in group therapy; " Facilitation and leadership in group therapy; " Research on group therapy " Working with families, young people, children and intimate relationships " Philosophical pluralism as a basis for Counselling Psychology theory, research and practice; " Developing a personal stance towards Counselling Psychology practice; " The application of a range of therapeutic competences in addressing complex psychological issues

Learning Outcomes

on successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Critically understand and appraise, from a counselling psychology perspective, the opportunities and challengespresented by group-based therapeutic interventions, and the capacity to develop conceptually sophisticated andindependent judgments regarding their relevance to a particular clinical setting or psychological difficulty ;2. Critically understand and appraise, from a counselling psychology perspective, the opportunities and challengespresented by systemic therapeutic interventions, and the capacity to develop conceptually sophisticated and independentjudgments regarding their relevance to a particular clinical setting or psychological difficulty ;3. Critically appraise humanistic and/or cognitive behavioural therapeutic methods and their relation to counsellingpsychology;4. Critically consider pluralism as it relates to counselling psychology, and the development of a personal standpoint inrelation to this;5. Demonstrate a conceptually sophisticated and original personal stance in relation to counselling psychology practicewithindividuals and within other modalities i.e. groups and/or systemic work;6. Manage complex issues and make informed professional and ethical decisions in the absence of complete orconsistent data or information;7. Demonstrate an advanced ability to undertake effective psychological interventions using a range of modalities ,models, interventions and sources of information.8. Demonstrate the capacity to communicate at the standard of published academic and/or professional work (includingappropriate referencing);

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered by means of intensive training weeks, supported by lectures and workshops. These will address and integrate issues linked to therapeutic modalities (group, systemic and individual), perspectives on practice in counselling psychology (including pluralist and integrative approaches to practice), and critical discourse in relation to mental health concerns. Advanced skills practice sessions within workshops will build on and consolidate learning and effective therapeutic practice within humanistic and cognitive behavioural therapeutic traditions as well as related orientations. Participatory learning to draw on and enhance clinical experience will be a key element of these workshops, as will the willingness to reflect and contribute personal experiences and curiosity. Alongside clinical skills development, the module will consider the relevance of learning and personal experiences to self-care as a pra and the development of strategies to support and enhance personal resilience.

Indicative Reading

Bertrando, P. & Boscolo, L. (2011). Systemic therapy with individuals (Systematic thinking and practice series). Karnac Books: London. Cooper, M. & Dryden, W. (2015). The handbook of pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy . SAGE: London. Cooper, M., Watson, J.C. & Holldampf, D. (2010). Person-centred and experiential therapies work: a review of the research on counselling, psychotherapy and related practices. PCCS Books. Dallos, R. & Draper, R. (2000). An introduction to family therapy: Systemic theory and practice . Open University Press: UK. Douglas, B., Woolfe, R., Strawbridge, S., Kasket, E. & Galbraith, V. (2016). The handbook of counselling psychology (4 th Ed.) SAGE: London. Eifert, G. & Forsyth, J. (2005). Acceptance and commitment therapy for anxiety disorders: A practitioners treatment guide to using mindfulness, acceptance and values-based behaviour change strategies. Oakland, C.A: New Harbinger. Hanley, T., Humphrey, N. & Lennie, C . (2012). Adolescent Counselling Psychology . London: Routledge. Hayes, S.C., Strosahl, K.D. & Wilson, K.G. (2011). Acceptance and commitment therapy: The process and practice of mindful change (2 nd Ed.) . Guilford Press: USA. House, R. & Totton, N. (1997). Implausible professions: Arguments for pluralism and autonomy in psychotherapy and counselling. PCCS Books: Ross-on-Wye. Linehan, M.M. (2014). DBTae skills training handouts and worksheets (2 nd Ed). Guilford Press: USA. Luoma, J.B., Hayes, S.C., & Walser, R.D. (2008). Learning ACT: An acceptance & commitment therapy skills-training manual for therapists. New Harbinger: USA. McAteer, D. (2010). Philosophical Pluralism: Navigating the sea of diversity in psychotherapeutic and counselling psychology. In M. Milton (Ed.), Therapy and Beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to therapeutic and social issues (pp. 5-20). Chichester: John Wiley. McGoldrick, M., Giordino, J. & Garcia-Preto, N. (2005). Ethnicity & Family Therapy (3 rd Ed.) London: Guilford Press. Milton, M. (Ed.). (2010). Therapy and beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to therapeutic and social issues . Chichester: John Wiley. Milton, M. (Ed.) (2012). Counselling psychology contributions to understanding human distress . UK: PCCS Books. Palmer, S. & Woolfe, R. (Eds). (2000). Integrative and eclectic counselling and psychotherapy. SAGE: UK. Papadopoulos, L., Cross, M. C., & Bor, R. (2010). Reporting in counselling and psychotherapy: A trainee's guide to preparing case studies and reports. London: Routledge. Williams, J.M.G. (2010). Commentary: Mindfulness and psychological process. Emotion , 10(1), pp. 1-7. Yalom, I. (2005). The theory and practice of group psychotherapy (5th Ed.). Basic Books. New York. .

Transferrable Skills

Conceptualising professional dilemmas & problem-solving; advanced communication and writing skills; creativity and innovation; critical thinking; time management; critical dialogue; influencing & leadership; A critical capacity to identify and deploy specialised knowledge and techniques in working with specific client cohorts;

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 111.00
Independent Learning (FT) 267.00
Assessment (FT) 45.00
Seminars (FT) 27.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 1.00 30.00 50% 3000 word assignment
Coursework 2 1.00 70.00 50% 7000 word assignment