SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMC811482
Module Leader Rosemarie Lynass
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Psychotherapeutic Competencies: Reflection & Development 1a

Summary of Content

This module follows on from Psychotherapeutic Competencies: Reflection and Development 1a and further explores the psychotherapeutic competencies, self-reflexive and process-empirical methods required for advanced person-centred/experiential practice. The programme will orientate around the further development of person-centred/experiential working through a broadening of concepts, skills , methods self-reflective and evaluative strategies that may be employed in relation to a therapeutic process. This will orientate around the process of deep therapeutic relating and the notion of 'relational depth' (Mearns and Cooper, 2006) as well as the facilitation of 'experiencing'. Students will explore how both the procedures of Focusing (Gendlin, 1996) and the techniques and methods (e.g. two-chair work) of Emotion-Focused Therapy (Greenberg et al. 1993) may be deployed within a therapeutic relationship to facilitate change. This will be supported by an exploration of how the person-centred/experiential approach relates to some of the main therapeutic approaches employed within contemporary mental health settings (e.g. primary and secondary care settings etc.), such as cognitive-behaviour therapy, cognitive-analytic therapy, interpersonal therapy, solution-focused therapy, schema-focused cognitive therapy, psychodynamic counselling/psychotherapy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. These will be explored in terms of their relationship with the person-centred/experiential approach, as well as the opportunities they offer for integration and pluralistic working. The module will also introduce trainees to the range of therapeutic modalities that are commonplace within applied settings (e.g. groups, families, couples), and examine contemporary theory and practice in relation to these.


The module will explore the following topics; - The nature and process of working at relational depth; - Methods of process-outcome inquiry and evaluation; - Facilitating and evaluating relational depth; - Configurations of self , their implications for therapeutic working, and evaluating self-pluralistic interventions; - Focusing as a method of person-centred/experiential therapy and evaluating the effectiveness of experiential therapeutic techniques; - Emotion-focused therapy - techniques and methods; - The relationship between person-centred/experiential therapy and Counselling Psychology. - Cognitive-behavioural approaches in contemporary mental health settings; - The cognitive-analytic approach - Solution-focused therapy; - Interpersonal therapy; - Psychodynamic counselling/psychotherapy - Therapeutic approaches to working with groups and families; - Working with couples; - Tensions and dilemmas in the relationship between the person-centred/experiential approach and those deriving from the cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic traditions;

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate the following;1.An understanding of the implications of working at relational depth with clients, and the ability to facilitate this in therapeutic practice; 2.A critical understanding of the technique and role of Focusing as a therapeutic method;3.A critical understanding of the methods of the Emotion-Focused Therapy, and the possibilities these present for person-centred/experiential working;4.A deepened awareness and preparedness to reflect on 'self' as an element of effective therapeutic practice;5.A clear understanding of the theory and philosophical underpinnings of a range of therapeutic models employed within contemporary mental health settings;6. A knowledge of the psychological practices and techniques employed in relation each of these therapeutic models, as well as their uses within applied mental health settings;7.An ability to conceptualise the relationship between these approaches and the person-centred/experiential approach.8. A basic ability to independently initiate, conduct and end effective psychotherapeutic relationships using a person-centred/experiential approach.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The programme will be delivered via a weekly 2 hour 'Professional Enquiry and Development' group and a 2 hour theory workshop. These forums will include group-based learning, video and practical demonstrations, seminar discussions, case-discussions and self-reflection

Indicative Reading

Cooper, M. et. al. (2004) Developing Self-pluralistic Perspectives within the Person-Centred and Experiential Perspectives. Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies, 4 (1): 54-68. Cooper, M. (in press). The Facts are Friendly: An Introduction to Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage. Cooper, M., Schmid, P., O'Hara, M., & Wyatt, G. (Eds.). (in press). The Handbook of Person-Centered Psychotherapy and Counselling. Basingstoke: Palgrave. Elliott, R. et. al. (2004) Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy: The Process-Experiential Approach to Change. APA: Washington. Gillon, E. (2007) Person-Centred Counselling Psychology: An introduction. Sage: London. Clarkson, P. and Pokorny, M. (1994) The Handbook of Psychotherapy. London: Routledge Dryden, W. (ed) (1996) Developments in Psychotherapy: historical perspectives. Buckingham Open University Press Dryden, W., Charles-Edwards, D. and Woolfe, R. (1989) Handbook of Counselling in Britain. London: Routledge Dryden, W. and Mytton, J. (1999) Four Approaches to Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Routledge

Transferrable Skills

Upon completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate the following: - An ability to work at relational depth in psychotherapeutic practice; - A capacity to reflect on, conceptualise and critically evaluate the use of process-directive strategies in psychotherapeutic practice; - An awareness of 'self' and how this may impact upon psychotherapeutic practice; - A critical understanding of self configurations and their implications for psychotherapeutic practice; - Understanding and interpreting research evidence in mental health; - An appreciation of the role of modalities in mental health - Independent research in mental health

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Independent Learning (FT) 186.00
Seminars (FT) 37.00
Practicals (FT) 27.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 50% Systematic Client Study (5000 words)