Module NHS-3124:
Person Centred Counselling

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Organiser: Mrs Karen Williams

Overall aims and purpose

This module was developed in the belief that counselling skills, relationships and the therapeutic use of self, play an important and influential role in the provision of effective nursing and health care practice. Students are enabled to examine the key principles of Carl Rogers' Person Centred Approach and to adapt and relate this to their own practice. A central aim is to empower students to enhance the therapeutic quality of their relationships with those requiring help or support.

Course content

• Person centred view of human potential • Professional, ethical and legal perspectives • Developing the Person Centred approach within constraints of current practice, system values and expectations. • Analysis of physical environments and organisational culture in relation to person centred principles • Person centred principles in relation to the nature and conduct of care activities and behavioural attitudes of self and others. • How person centred principles contribute to the maintenance of dignity in care and care settings. • The therapeutic alliance and influence on relationships in health care. • The meaning of the core conditions of empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence • Theory of personality development and change in relation to the Person Centred Approach • The role of core skills in communication in relation to the Person Centred Approach • Self awareness. Language and cultural sensitivity. • Critiques of the Person Centred Approach

Assessment Criteria


40% as University marking criteria


as University marking criteria


as University marking criteria

Learning outcomes

  1. Appraise and evaluate the Person Centred Approach in terms of how it may enhance health care practice.

  2. Critically discuss central themes, principles and concepts in relation to the Person Centred Approach

  3. Evaluate ways in which the core counselling skills of attending, listening, questioning and reflecting can contribute to own practice

  4. Critically examine, with reference to the Person Centred Approach, the role and function of the therapeutic relationship in the context of health care practice

  5. Demonstrate person centred qualities, together with a range of related skills in health care practice

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
In what way has the person centred approach to counselling skills informed your healthcare practice?’ 100
clinical competencies 0

Teaching and Learning Strategy



  1. Lectures and group experiential work, practical competencies, peer review, support with open learning and e-learning etc…………… 36

2.Self directed study 60

  1. Tutorials 4

Use will be made of relevant electronic sites, journals and library materials, and each student will have a Mentor in their clinical area.


clinical experience and clinical competencies

Private study

directed study - course material, set exercises, electronic learning resource


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

See learning outcomes and clinical competencies


Resource implications for students

none other than normal running costs

Reading list

Resource Implications of Proposal and Proposed Solutions: Details on any resources required and how they are to be met should be included. Please also list e.g. core texts; recommended reading material; equipment; films etc.

Barker, M, Vossler, A and Langdridge D (eds) (2010) Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy Open University

Beresford, P et al (2011) Supporting people: towards a person centered approach. Policy Press

Beresford P, Person Centred Support. The Way Forward or an Enduring Contradiction? Open Mind. July and August 2011

Casemore, R (2011) Person Centred Counselling in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition, Sage

Feltham C, (2010) Critical Thinking in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sage

Geldard, K and Geldard, D. (2003) Counselling Skills in Everyday Life, Palgrave MacMillan.

Kirschenbaum, H and Henderson, V.C. (1989) The Carl Rogers Reader. Boston, Houghton Mifflin.

Prever, M (2010) Counselling and Supporting Children and Young People, A Person Centred Approach, Sage

Rogers, R C. (1961) On Becoming a Person, Houghton Mifflin.

Rogers, R C (1951) Client Centred Therapy, Constable & Co. Ltd

Stedmon J and Dallos R, (eds) (2009) Reflective Practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling, McGraw Hill

Thompson J, Kilbane J and Sanderson H, (eds) (2008) Person Centred Practice for Professionals, Open University Press

Tolan, J. (2003) Skills in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy. Sage

Woolfe, R, Strawbridge S, Douglas B and Dryden W (eds), (2010) Handbook of Counselling Psychology, 3rd Edition, Sage