Counselling Skills 2023-24
School Of Human And Behavioural Sciences
Module - Semester 1
PPC4003 Counselling Skills trains students in communication skills and active listening skills applicable to the work of a therapeutic counsellor. Students are given lectures focusing on theories of communication then apply this theory in practice during their practical workshops.
Topics covered in this module include:
• Group Roles (Managing Roles) • Conflict (Managing Conflict) • Performance Anxiety (Managing Anxiety) • Reflective Writing Skills (Counselling Skills Sessions) • In-Person Therapy: Communication Keys (Opening and Closing Therapy Sessions) • In-Person Therapy: Other Focus and Attendance Indicators (Evidencing Attention in Therapy) • In-Person Therapy: Confirming Understanding and Considered Questions (Questions in Therapy) • In-Person Therapy: Sensitive Challenges and Selective Self-Disclosure (Self as the Therapist) • In-Person Therapy: Non-Judgmental Approach and Maintaining Boundaries (Boundary Breaches in Therapy) • In-Person Therapy: Signposting and Informing and Modelling (Beginnings and Endings in Therapeutic Relationships) • Remote Therapy: Introduction, Risks, Contracts, Confidentiality, Culture, Boundaries, Communication Skills, Support, and Self-Care
Please note that these topics are subject to change dependent on staff availability and the assessed needs of the students
The assessment criteria for this module are as follows:
Excellent (A*, A+, A, A-) • Honest and insightful reflection resulting in positive development of counselling skills (safe practice) • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of counselling skills • Detailed understanding with no factual errors • Critical analysis showing evaluation and synthesis of ideas • Novel and innovative originality in approach, interpretation, and voice • Extensive and comprehensive independent research • Logically defended arguments with evidence for all claims • Highly focused and well structured • Excellent presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Correct format in appropriate referencing style
Good (B+, B, B-) • Honest and considered reflection resulting in positive development of counselling skills (safe practice) • Strong knowledge of counselling skills • Clear understanding and mostly free of factual errors • Some analysis showing critical evaluation and links between ideas • Novel originality in approach, interpretation, and voice • Considerable independent research from appropriate sources • Coherent arguments with evidence for most claims • Focused and well structured • Clear presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Mostly correct format in appropriate referencing style
Threshold (C+, C, C-) • Honest reflection resulting in some positive development of counselling skills (safe practice) • Some knowledge of counselling skills • Understanding of the main concepts with no major factual errors • Basic analysis showing obvious points of evaluation and links between ideas • Some originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice for part of the work • Some independent research from appropriate sources • Arguments presented with evidence for the most important claims • Readable structure showing focus at times • Acceptable presentation with appropriate expression • Attempt at correct format in appropriate referencing style with no major errors
If you do not meet the threshold, then your work will be graded as a Fail. Fail grades vary from Poor (D+, D, D-, E+, E, E-) to Very Poor (F).
- Analyse own counselling skills with honest critique and insight into the generation of reflective professional development action plans
- Metacognitively reflect on own role and manage interactions one-to-one and in a group
- Synthesise and apply interpersonal and communication skills in an in-person and remote counselling setting
Clinical Practical Assessment
Professional Competencies (50%) Evidence of engagement with the counselling skills practice sessions through Observation Forms, Session Reflections, and Client Notes for at least two practice sessions (uploaded to your OneDrive Course folder) Recording of assessed session (uploaded to your OneDrive Course folder) Consent form for recorded session (uploaded to your OneDrive Course folder) Client notes for recorded session (uploaded to your OneDrive Course folder) Transcript of 20mins of the assessed session plus a 1000wd annotation of the transcript (submitted through Turnitin on Blackboard)
Reflective Journal (50%) Ongoing engagement with reflection, including contributions in PPD and formative reflective journal (uploaded to your OneDrive Course folder). Summative reflective journal of 1500wds critically evaluating the development of your own counselling skills (submitted through Turnitin on Blackboard).