PY7174 - Therapeutic and Reflective Skills (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Therapeutic and Reflective Skills|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2017/18||
Therapeutic and Reflective Skills is a year long module that focuses on developing students’ competencies in a range of therapeutic and reflective skills that underpin effective clinical practice. It is assessed via an audio-recording and process analysis of a case from the student’s own practice.
Prior learning requirements
The module aims to foster core therapeutic and reflective skills that will support students’ clinical work in placements and provide a firm foundation for subsequent personal and professional development. It complements the theoretical and intellectual competences of the Psychological Knowledge and Models of Therapy module through its focus on developing the practical skills and capacities needed to work effectively with individual clients from a counselling psychology perspective.
- Core values in counselling psychology practice
- Engagement and rapport building
- Assessment and formulation skills
- Intervention phase skills
- Addressing difficulties
- Progress monitoring, review and client feedback
- Ending phase and evaluation skills
- Therapist personal development and self-reflective skills
- CBT based skills
- Process analysis skills
Learning and teaching
The module’s learning and teaching strategy focuses on providing students with practical opportunities to develop the skills and capacities outlined in the learning outcomes. Lecture input, supplementary reading and Weblearn resources develop understanding of key concepts and techniques, while facilitated skills and role play exercises enable students to discuss and develop clinical technique, and learn to reflect on therapeutic process. Experiential work helps students deepen their self-awareness and understanding of the use of self in professional practice and development. Reflection on individual and further learning needs is a component of the module’s assessment.
On successful completion of this module students will:
1. Demonstrate an ability to engage, develop a collaborative alliance and communicate effectively with clients
2. Have a critical understanding of a range of skills and techniques relevant to the practice of counselling psychology, and an ability to employ these in a purposeful way in their clinical work.
3. Demonstrate an ability to formulate, and practice safely and effectively, within a recognised model of therapy at a level appropriate to their stage of training.
4. Be able to describe, explain, reflect on and evaluate their practice at a detailed level, and the factors influencing it, with reference to psychological theory, evidence, interpersonal processes and use of self.
i) Process report
The assessment strategy focuses on students’ ability to demonstrate the module’s learning outcomes through presentation and discussion of their own clinical work. Students are asked to submit an audio recording of a session from their own practice and an accompanying report examining the processes taking place in a transcribed section of the session. Students will be assessed on the level of competence demonstrated in their practice and their ability to reflect on, explain and evaluate their practice and learning, with reference to theory and evidence. (Learning outcomes 1 – 6)
Students are expected to attend all timetabled sessions for the module. Although there may be occasions when circumstances prevent trainees from attending (e.g., illness), a minimum of 80% attendance is required overall.
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