SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHC823134
Module Leader Rosemarie Lynass
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally successful completion of Applied Psychology 1 and Applied Psychology 2.

Summary of Content

Counselling skills are increasingly being recognised as an important attribute for many professionals. The aim of this module is to build on Counselling Psychology theory introduced in level 2 in the Applied Psychology Programme by taking a more in-depth and critical approach to understanding recent developments to therapeutic approaches in Counselling Psychology and to introduce concepts related to the application of therapeutic approaches to specific client groups. Module content will include: critical analysis of recent developments in major therapeutic models of practice (Person-Centred/Experiential, Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioural) as well as specific theories and applied knowledge related to different specialisms and modes of practice, including working with families, young people and older adults. The module will also provide the student with an introduction to practical skills of counselling and psychotherapy interactions and processes though pair/group work and will assess students on their ability to apply these models to case study examples reflecting a range of counselling clients. A critical approach will also be taken to understanding issues surrounding the research-base for Counselling Psychology and the integration of therapeutic approaches.


The syllabus will include: Current themes for Counselling Psychology in context; Developments in Person-Centred, Experiential, Psychodynamic and CBT approaches; Third-Wave CBT, including Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Theories of Integration; Common factors and the research debate; Systemic practice; Working with young people and working wit h older adults.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate: 1. a critical understanding of the major theories which underpin the psychological therapies, including recent developments (FA/SA)2. a critical understanding of models of integration in Counselling Psychology (FA/SA)3. a critical understanding of current themes and debates related to Counselling Psychology in practice (FA/SA)4. a critical awareness of current research in Counselling Psychology and of the issues surrounding this (FA/SA)5. experience of applying counselling skills from a range of therapeutic modalities (FA)6. the ability to critically evaluate demonstrations of counselling In practice (FA)7. an understanding of how psychological therapy might be adapted and applied when working with a range of client groups(FA/SA)8. an ability to apply theoretical models of psychological therapy to case study examples from specific client groups (FA/SA)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will make use of lectures to provide students with a theoretical and conceptual understanding of counselling and its relationship to psychology. Seminars and tutorials will also be employed to enable students to discuss and critically explore some of the approaches and issues being considered. Extensive use of DVD presentations will be made to provide an insight into how counselling approaches may be applied in practice. Students will also be asked to undertake introductory skills practice in the form of 'role-play' exercises to enable them to apply and evaluate first-hand the opportunities and challenges of applying a range of therapeutic techniques, and thus gain an applied understanding of key processes involved in offering and experiencing a variety of counselling interventions. The assessments for this module centre around a choice of case studies which allow the student to demonstrate a critical approach to the application of knowledge from across the module to assessing the most appropriate treatment plan for a fictitious client as well as working as a group to present finding relating to adaptations to therapy for specific client groups. Summative assessment will be supported by formative assessment in the form of peer feedback tasks.

Indicative Reading

Gillon, E. (2007) Person-Centred Counselling Psychology: An Introduction. London: Sage Orlans, V. & Van Scoyoc, S. (2009) A Short Introduction to Counselling Psychology. London: Sage Douglas, B., Woolfe, R., Strawbridge, S., Kasket, E. & Galbraith, V. (2016) Handbook of Counselling Psychology 4thEdition . London: Sage. Extensive supplementary reading list provided Relevant Journals: Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Counselling Psychology Quarterly Counselling Psychology Review

Transferrable Skills

This module contains a number of transferable skills such as application of psychological theory to real-life scenarios, group-work, presenting, interpersonal communication, self-awareness, reflective ability, listening skills, empathetic understanding, goal-setting, ability to access information and resources utilising electronic as well as printed media, computer literacy, critical analysis, applied academic writing, questioning and summarising skills, knowledge of boundary issues, respect for confidentiality and the privacy of the individual.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 136.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 2.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 70.00 n/a Case Study 3000 words
Coursework 2 n/a 30.00 n/a Group presentation