SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMC824848
Module Leader Elaine Duncan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces and explores the psychotherapeutc competencies required for person-centred/experiental practce and helps students develop the critcal and self-refectve skills to empirically analyse and augment their work. The module will orientate around the process of developing a therapeutc relatonship, and critcally examine some of the primary elements involved in doing so from a person-centred/experiental perspectve. This will be supported by a thorough introducton to the theoretcal and empirical underpinning foundatons of the core model of the programme, the person-centred/experiental approach. It will frst defne the approach, chartng both its philosophical basis and the diferent stages in its evoluton from client-centred therapy in the 1940's to the contemporary context and its embrace of both 'classical' and 'process' traditons naton of person-centred therapies. Allied to this, its key concepts and ideas will be considered, along with a critcal analysis of the empirical data supportng and challenging this approach. This will include theories of self/personality, phenomenology, therapeutc practces, of therapy, as well as its and an understanding of psychological process and change.


The module will explore the following topics: b7 The nature and role of empathy in efectve psychotherapeutc practce; b7 Empirical methods of self-refecton; b7 The nature and role of congruence in efectve psychotherapeutc practce; b7 The nature and role of unconditonal positve regard in efectve psychotherapeutc practce; b7 The 'relatonal' conditons for efectve psychotherapeutc practce; b7 Assessment in person-centred/experiental therapy; b7 Key issues in beginning, maintaining and ending a therapeutc relatonship; b7 The therapeutc alliance;

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically appraise psychotherapeutic practice from a person-centred/experiential perspective;2. Critically self-examine practice within a professional context, drawing on established methods of empiricalself-reflection;3. Commence and maintain a therapeutic relationship based on the six ' necessary and sufficient' conditions oftherapeutic change;4. Critically evaluate good practice in the conduct of therapeutic beginnings, middles and endings;5. Discuss the historical development and , philosophical and empirical underpinning ofperson-centred/experiential therapy;6. Critically analyse the person-centred/experiential theories of self /personality and of therapy and developments at theforefront of the field, and contextualising this within an appreciation of range of schools of theory and practice that arecontained within the approach

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching will be undertaken via weekly, 2 hour practical, and a 2 hour weekly theory-based lecture. In additon, students will be supported by an intensive 'skills development week'. Video and audio materials will be used to support students' ability to link theory to practce. Student learning is also supported online through GCULearn VLE.

Indicative Reading

Cooper, M., Schmid, P., O'Hara, M., & Wyat, G. (Eds.). (2007). The handbook of person-centred psychotherapy and counselling . Basingstoke: Palgrave. Cooper, M., O'Hara, M., Schmid, P. F., Bohart, A. (2 nd Ed). (2013). The handbook of person-centred psychotherapy and counselling . Basingstoke: Palgrave. Elliot, R., Watson, J. C., Goldman, R., & Greenberg, L. S. (2004). Learning Emoton-Focused Therapy: The process-experiental approach to change . Washington DC: American Psychological Associaton. Elliott, R., Watson, J. C., Goldman, R., & Greenberg, L. S. (2009). Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy: The process-experiential approach to change . Washington DC: American Psychological Association. Mearns, D. (2013). Developing person-centred counselling (2 nd edition). London: Sage. Mearns, D. & Thorne, B., McLeod, J. (2013). Person-centred counselling in action. (4 th Ed). London: Sage. Gillon, E. (2007) . Person-centred counselling psychology: An introducton . Sage: London. Howe, D. (1993) . On being a client: Understanding the process of counselling and psychotherapy . London: Sage Mearns, D.(1994) . Developing person-centred counselling . London: Sage. Mearns, D. & Thorne, B. (2013) . Person-centred counselling in acton (4th Ed). London: Sage Merry, T. (2000) . Learning and being in person-centred counselling . Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Bks. Merry, T, (Ed) (200 0 ) The BAPCA Reader . Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books. Rogers, C. (2003ebook). Client-centred therapy: its current practice, implications and theory . London: Constable. Reading lists will be updated on an annual basis with reference to relevant peer reviewed journals.

Transferrable Skills

problem solving; collaboratve working; advanced communicaton and writng skills; creatvity and innovaton; critcal thinking; tme management; user centred design; pitching skills; critcal dialogue; infuencing; enterprise.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (PT) 22.00
Assessment (PT) 15.00
Lectures (PT) 22.00
Practicals (FT) 22.00
Lectures (FT) 22.00
Independent Learning (FT) 91.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Independent Learning (PT) 91.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 1.00 100.00 50% 5,000 word assignment