Advancing Professional Practice and Skills
This module advances knowledge and experience of working with more challenging and complex case presentations and issues. Whilst continuing to extend and deepen your self-awareness in preparation for placement you will:
- conceptualise an individual therapeutic positioning in preparation for placement
- gain an understanding of models of supervision, prepare for and make use of supervision
- use clinical case discussion covering issues of self-awareness and relational/interpersonal dynamics
- advance self-awareness through process group activity
- further refine skills development using tape assisted recall methods/IPR
You will develop more advanced skills in therapeutic relating. You will develop greater self-awareness by engaging in a range of activities including process groups, small and large group exercises and counselling skills sessions.
Advancing Person-Centred Experiential Theory
This module will take you further into an examination of advanced theory for person-centred experiential (PCE) psychotherapy and counselling.
The module builds on their existing knowledge of the philosophical underpinnings of the PCE to psychotherapy and counselling taught in Developing Person-Centred Experiential Theory in semester one. This module advances your learning by examining contemporary theoretical developments, evidenced based practices and the issues and influences that have created these changes.
Building on previous learning, you will consider research and theory from applied social and positive psychology and learn how these knowledge bases inform therapeutic practice and personal development in a range of applied contexts. Through experiential learning you will gain a deep understanding of your own values as a therapist and helping professional.
Developing Person-Centred Experiential Theory
This module will provide the foundation of knowledge in the core theories for person-centred experiential (PCE) psychotherapy and counselling.
The module will begin by examining the philosophical underpinnings of PCE psychotherapy and counselling. This will provide the basis for acquiring a critical perspective on theories of the development of self and psychological distress and the development of personal growth.
The sessions are taught through experiential learning activities and the student will gain a deep understanding of the personal meaning of the theory that is to be applied in the psychotherapy and counselling setting.
Developing Professional Practice and Skills
This module introduces you to professional practice related issues. Core aspects for beginning counsellors will be addressed and will include:
- developing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship - understanding the contributions of client and therapist
- an in-depth examination of professional codes of ethics and their application - critical perspectives on systems of accountability
- experiential workshops focused on ethical issues relating to therapeutic confidentiality, time keeping, record keeping, consent, boundaries (for example, use of touch), and working within a safe level of competence
- the development of self-awareness through process group activity
- skills development using tape assisted recall methods/IPR
You will gain skills and understanding in building therapeutic relationships, assess your capacity for working with clients and staying within your competence level. You will develop greater self-awareness by engaging in a range of activities including process groups, small and large group exercises and counselling skills sessions.
Dissertation and Research Methods
This module will provide the foundation of knowledge in the core research methodology and methods for person-centred experiential (PCE) psychotherapy and counselling.
The module will begin by examining the philosophical underpinnings of research and its applicability to psychotherapy and counselling. This will provide the basis for acquiring a critical perspective on research and the development of a dissertation proposal.
You will gain a deep understanding of the range of quantitative and qualitative methods and how they can be applied in the psychotherapy and counselling setting. You will gain the experience of doing a piece of research relevant to counselling and psychotherapy.
Adults across the lifespan pathway
This pathway helps prepare you for working therapeutically with adults across the lifespan in a range of settings across the public and private sectors. You will be equipped with the skills needed to work across the whole adult lifespan including those seeking therapy for severe mental distress or personal growth and development.
Power, Politics and the Socio-Cultural World
This module provides you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in research and theory beyond the confines of the psychotherapeutic literature to learn about issues of power, equality, gender as well as the influences of the social and the cultural world on human behaviour.
Such learning provides you with the ability to think broadly about issues relevant to psychotherapy and how they may be conceptualised from different perspectives.
Children and young people pathway
This pathway is designed to help prepare you for therapeutic work with children and young people in a range of educational settings. This could include schools, colleges and universities, social care or mental health services, or youth and criminal justice settings.
The Lives of Children and Young People: Systems, Contexts and Approaches
The module considers the legal and policy context influencing counsellors' work with children and young people. This includes institutional contexts for the work with a particular focus on education, health and youth services settings. You will reflect on challenges and opportunities involved in reconciling multilayered systems (political, legal, organisational, individual and family) with person-centred experiential philosophy of practice.
You will examine the notion of presence as a professional in support of the child and their family. You will engage in experiential group work activities to develop your awareness, understanding and skills for engagement with key stakeholders, agencies and institutions.
Building on the systemic framework for mapping the social, psychological and emotional development of children and young people, you will look across influencing experiences, including developmental landmarks and events which either help or hinder children and young people flourishing.
You can view an example timetable, however this is subject to change year on year and your live timetable will be available via the various online timetable systems.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.