Counselling Skills 2
Run by School of Psychology
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Prof Fay Short
Overall aims and purpose
This module provides you with an opportunity to form and develop therapeutic relationships. You will learn to adopt the professional role and responsibilities of a therapist to demonstrate autonomy and accountability by working with a client within a therapeutic framework. You will work in small groups to develop your therapeutic counselling skills: one speaker will share their thoughts in the role of client, one listener will demonstrate skills in the role of therapist, and remaining observers will provide feedback on skills. You will work in a round-robin system to ensure that you adopt every role, and sessions will be recorded to allow personal reflection on your interactions. These sessions are designed to provide a forum in which to practice and develop counselling skills on a foundation of communication skills. This important activity gives you a valuable opportunity to practice your counselling skills as you begin working with real clients, and the continual development of these skills is an essential part of your development as a counsellor.
Topics covered in this module may include: • Reflective Practice by Dr Judith Roberts (Reflecting on Therapeutic Skills) • Professional Presentation (Introductory Impact) • Therapeutic Contracting and Record-Keeping (Contracting and Note-Taking with Clients) • Remote Therapy: Introduction (Experiencing Remote Therapy) • Remote Therapy: Risk, Contracts, and Confidentiality (Contracting with Clients) • Remote Therapy: Culture and Boundaries (Managing Boundaries) • Remote Therapy: Communication Skills at a Distance (Remote Therapeutic Skills) • Remote Therapy: Supervision and Self-Care (Self-Awareness and Self-Support) • Therapy without the Couch (Integrating Alternative Therapeutic Methods) • Therapeutic Writing by Dr Anne-Marie Smith (Writing for Wellbeing) • Mindfulness by Dr Thandi Gilder (Practicing Mindfulness) • Religion and Spirituality by Dr Tracey Lloyd (Self in the Therapeutic Philosophy) Please note that these topics are subject to change dependent on staff availability, unexpected circumstances, and the assessed needs of the students
• Honest and insightful reflection resulting in positive development of counselling skills (safe practice) • Comprehensive knowledge of counselling skills • Detailed understanding with no factual errors • Critical analysis showing evaluation and synthesis of ideas • Originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice • Extensive 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
• 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 • Some originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice • Some independent research • Coherent arguments with evidence for most claims • Focused and well structured • Good presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Mostly correct format in appropriate referencing style
• Honest reflection resulting in some positive development of counselling skills (safe practice) • Some knowledge of counselling skills • Understanding of the main concepts, but with factual errors in non-core concepts • Limited analysis showing only obvious points of evaluation and links between ideas • Highly limited originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice • Highly limited evidence of independent research • Arguments presented but lack coherence with evidence for only some claims • Focused but with some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure • Acceptable presentation with appropriate expression • Attempt at correct format in appropriate referencing style
Generate and maintain the therapeutic framework through the therapeutic process with critical insight into client assessment, formulation, and intervention
Synthesise and apply the ten keys of communication in therapy
Demonstrate professional and personal metacognition leading to positive self-management in therapeutic practice
Apply a theoretical orientation in practice with appropriate critical flexibility
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 within a group
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Your lectures will focus on the core theories and concepts for each of the topics in the curriculum content.
|Practical classes and workshops||
Your practical workshops will give you an opportunity to practice and develop your counselling skills: one client will share their thoughts, one therapist will demonstrate counselling skills, and observers will provide feedback on communication skills. Your group will work in a round-robin system to ensure that they adopt every role each week, and sessions will be recorded to allow personal reflection on their interactions.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Communicate psychological concepts effectively in oral form.
- 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.
- Reason scientifically and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.
- Understand and investigate the role of brain function in all human behaviour and experience.
- Be aware of ethical principles and approval procedures.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/ppc-4007.html
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. (2016). Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. Leicestershire, UK: BACP. Egan, G. (1994). The skilled helper. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company. Ellis, A. (2016). How to control your anxiety before it controls you. NY, US: Kensington Publishing Corp. Short, F. E., & Thomas, P. (2014). Core approaches in counselling and psychotherapy. UK: Routledge. Stedmon, J. & Dallos, R. (2009). Reflective practice in counselling and psychotherapy. Berkshire, UK: Open University Press. Sutton, J., & Stewart, W. (2008) Learning to counsel. Oxford, UK: How To Books Ltd.
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
- PPC-4004: Therapeutic Process and Contex
- PPC-4002: Approaches and Therapies 1
- PPC-4001: Research Skills
- PPC-4003: Counselling Skills 1
- PPC-4006: Approaches and Therapies 2
- PPC-4008: Mental Health and Wellbeing
- PPC-4005: Research Methods & Statistics
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C8DX: MSc Counselling year 1 (MSC/CNSL)