SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMC811479
Module Leader Emily Pathe
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Students will require to have 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 support students' professional development as Counselling Psychologists. The module will provide a reflective context for personal exploration and understanding through the conduct of a weekly professional development group in which students will be encouraged to explore aspects of their experiencing and conduct relevant to the development of a professional identity. Students will also be encouraged to keep a professional learning journal, documenting the impact of the programme and clinical work, and to reflect on this in terms of its implications for their personal stance as a Counselling Psychologist. The module provides the forum for students to integrate learning on the research, practice and theoretical dimensions of Counselling Psychology, as well as to demonstrate their achievements in each of these areas on the programme. 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 within the module on a regular basis.


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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should have;- An understanding of the role of a personal stance in Counselling Psychology;- A critical awareness of challenges and opportunities of integrating research, theory and clinical practice as a Counselling Psychologist- An understanding of the relationship between the personal and professional domains in Counselling Psychology;- A reflective awareness of professional development issues in Counselling Psychology;- An ability to reflect critically on personal functioning in professional practice and to engage positively with feedback from fellow students, supervisors and tutors' - An understanding of how personal development has been integrated in course learning and professional work.- An ability to be able to reflect on and evaluate their own practice from an ethical perspective.A basic ability to independently initiate, conduct and end effective psychotherapeutic relationships using a person-centred/experiential approach.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

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

Indicative Reading

Bettleheim, B. and Rosenfeld, A.A. (1993) The Art of the Obvious. London: Thames and Hudson Epstein, M. (1995) Thoughts Without a Thinker. New York: Basic Books Gordon, E.F. (2000) Mockingbird Years: a life in and out of therapy. New York: Basic Books Howard, A. (2000) Philosophy for Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: MacMillan Johns, H. (1996) Personal Development in Counsellor Training, London: Cassell LeBon, T. (2001) Wise Therapy: philosophy for counsellors. London: Continuum Lomas, P. (1999) Doing Good? Psychotherapy out of its depth. Oxford: Oxford University Press Mair, M. (1989) Between Psychology and Psychotherapy: A poetics of experience. London: Sage.

Transferrable Skills

Upon completion of the module, students will have developed the following; - A capacity to reflect on professional development in the context of group working'; - 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.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Practicals (FT) 30.00
Practicals (PT) 30.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (PT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 50% Client & Supervision and personal development log
Coursework 0.00 50.00 50% Reflective Review