Run by School of Psychology
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Prof Fay Short
Overall aims and purpose
This Counselling Skills module provides an introduction to the field of counselling and psychotherapy, in order to support your broader understanding of Psychology. This module will give you an insight into the work of a counsellor and psychotherapist. You will be introduced to the concept of therapy with specific focus on critical issues relating to boundaries, contracts, and ethics. You will also be given an opportunity to understand how counsellors and psychotherapists work in four key therapeutic approaches: Person-Centred, Psychoanalytic, Cognitive, and Behavioural. In addition, you will learn about the key skills required to work as a therapist, including communication skills, managing distress, and helping others. Most importantly, you will apply this knowledge by discussing a range of real-world case studies and practicing your communication skills in one-to-one interpersonal sessions. If you choose to pursue a career in counselling or psychotherapy, then the content, activities, and assessments on this module will support you in beginning to develop your foundation of skills. However, even if you choose not to pursue a career in this field, the knowledge gained and skills developed on this module will be valuable across a wide range of helping professions. Furthermore, your enhanced understanding of human nature and the capacity for change through counselling and psychotherapy can have enormous potential benefits for your own self-awareness, development, and growth.
Topics that may be covered in this module include: • Counselling and Psychotherapy • Self and Others • Keys to Communication • Person Centred Therapy • Psychoanalytic Therapy • Cognitive Therapy and Behaviour Therapy • Integration and Eclecticism • Managing Stress and Anxiety • Managing Unhappiness and Dissatisfaction • Managing Worry and Fear
• Adequate knowledge of key concepts in counselling and psychotherapy only. • Some basic understanding of theoretical issues with several factual errors. • Limited evidence of critical analysis and evaluation of theory, research, and practice. • Unclear, disrespectful, or judgemental written and oral communication and counselling skills. • Some recognition of communication and counselling skills with reference to own capabilities.
C- to C+
• Sufficient knowledge of key concepts in counselling and psychotherapy. • Basic understanding of theoretical issues with several factual errors. • Some evidence of critical analysis and evaluation of theory, research, and practice. • Clear, respectful, and non-judgemental written and oral communication and counselling skills. • Some consideration of communication and counselling skills with honest reflection on own capabilities.
• Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of key concepts in counselling and psychotherapy. • Solid understanding of theoretical issues with few factual errors. • Some evidence of critical analysis and evaluation of theory, research, and practice. • Well-structured, insightful, respectful, and non-judgemental written and oral communication and counselling skills. • Some insight into communication and counselling skills with honest reflection on own capabilities.
• Comprehensive and detailed knowledge and understanding of counselling and psychotherapy. • Excellent understanding and original interpretation of theoretical issues with no factual errors. • Clear evidence of critical analysis and insightful evaluation of theory, research, and practice. • Well-structured, insightful, appropriately challenging, respectful, and non-judgemental written and oral communication and counselling skills. • Depth of insight into communication and counselling skills with honest reflection on own capabilities.
Describe and evaluate the four core therapies: Person-Centred Therapy, Psychoanalytic Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Therapy.
Critically reflect to show self-awareness and commitment to personal and professional development.
Describe and evaluate integrative therapies, eclectic therapies, and helping models.
Recognise, identify, debate, and critically evaluate therapeutic methods in case study examples.
Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills in one-to-one therapeutic simulations and group discussion supervision simulations.
Critically appreciate the nature of the therapeutic framework by demonstrating an understanding of boundaries and ethical principles.
Transcript of a 10min segment of a communication skills session annotated with 1000wds identifying and evaluating the skills demonstrated in the session.
Reflective journal of 2000wds critically evaluating the development of your own communication skills and your understanding of therapeutic counselling. Journal must demonstrate active research and engagement with therapeutic literature.
|ORAL||Oral Discussion Group Exam||
Twenty-minute mock group supervision discussing an unseen case study. Discussion must demonstrate evidence of communication skills between participants and critical understanding of therapeutic theory and research.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Communication skills sessions will give an opportunity to practice and develop communication skills. One student will share their thoughts on a topic of their choice, one student will demonstrate appropriate active listening skills, and observers will provide feedback on communication skills. The group will work in a round-robin system to ensure that they adopt every role each week and you will be asked to reflect on your interactions.
Case discussion sessions will require students to discuss a therapeutic case within their small group. These sessions will mimic the format of a group supervision session, with a hypothetical case in place of a real experience shared by an attendee.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- 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.
- 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
- 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
Subject specific skills
- Understand the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
- Apply multiple perspectives to psychological issues and integrate ideas and findings across the multiple perspectives in psychology.
- Communicate psychological concepts effectively in written form.
- Communicate psychological concepts effectively in oral form.
- Retrieve and organise information effectively.
- Handle primary source material critically.
- Engage in effective teamwork for the purpose of collaborating on psychological projects.
- Be sensitive and react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal psychological factors.
- Use effectively personal planning and project management skills.
- Work effectively under pressure (time pressure, limited resources, etc) as independent and pragmatic learners.
- Problem-solve by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions, making critical judgements, and evaluating outcomes.
- Be aware of ethical principles and approval procedures.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/php-3008.html
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C880: BSC Psych with Cl & Hlth Psych year 3 (BSC/PHS)
- C88B: BSc Psychology w Clin & Health Psy (4yr with Incorp Found) year 3 (BSC/PHS1)
- 8X44: BSc Psychology with Clinical & Health Psychology (Int Exp) year 4 (BSC/PHSIE)
- C808: MSci Psychology with Clinical & Health Psychology year 3 (MSCI/PHS)
Optional in courses:
- X320: BA Astudiaethau Plentyndod ac Ieuenctid a Seicoleg year 3 (BA/APIS)
- MC98: BA Criminology/Psychology year 3 (BA/CRP)
- X319: BA Childhood and Youth Studies and Psychology year 3 (BA/CYP)
- CQ83: BA English Language & Psychology year 3 (BA/ELPSY)
- R181: BA French with Psychology (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/FPIE)
- R1C8: BA French with Psychology year 3 (BA/FPSY)
- R2C8: BA German with Psychology year 3 (BA/GPSY)
- Q1C8: BA Linguistics and Psychology year 3 (BA/LP)
- CL83: BA Sociology/Psychology year 3 (BA/PS)
- CL84: BA Social Policy/Psychology year 3 (BA/SPP)
- C804: BSc Psychology (with International Experience) year 4 (BSC/PIE)
- C800: BSC Psychology year 3 (BSC/PS)
- C81B: BSc Psychology (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 3 (BSC/PS1)
- C80F: BSc Psychology year 3 (BSC/PSF)
- C801: BSC Psychol w Neuropsychol year 3 (BSC/PSYN)
- C83B: BSc Psychology with Neuropsychology (4yr with Incorp Found) year 3 (BSC/PSYN1)
- C809: BSc Psychology with Neuropsy (with International Experience) year 4 (BSC/PSYNIE)
- C680: BSc Sport and Exercise Psychology year 3 (BSC/SEXP)
- C810: MSci Psychology with International Experience year 3 (MSCI/PIE)
- C807: MSci Psychology year 3 (MSCI/PS)