module specification

PC6054 - Counseling Psychology (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module title Counseling Psychology
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 150
120 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Essay (3000 words)
Running in 2021/22
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Morning

Module summary

This module introduces students to the discipline of counselling psychology as one of the main forms of applied psychological practice accredited by the British Psychological Society in the United Kingdom. The module will cover counselling psychology in theory, clinical practice and research. Through developing an understanding of this branch of applied psychology.


Indicative topics to be covered include:
1. Introduction to the module
2. Counselling psychology - origins, scope, training, and practice contexts
3. Philosophy, values and ethics in counselling psychology I
4. Philosophy, values and ethics in counselling psychology II
5. Assessment in counselling psychology
6. Formulation in counselling psychology
7. Treatment planning, intervention and the therapeutic relationship in counselling psychology
8. Cognitive behavioural therapy I
9. Cognitive behavioural therapy II
10. Person-centred / humanistic approaches
11. Psychodynamic approaches I
12. Psychodynamic approaches II
13. Pluralism and integration in counselling psychology
14. Counselling psychology and research
15. Summary

Learning outcomes LO 1 - 4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

New knowledge and critical capacity on this module will be promoted through lecturer-led lectures and workshops (30 hours) and through self-managed time and private study (120 hours).

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Critically engage with the philosophy, values and ethics of the counselling psychology discipline;
2. Gain awareness of counselling psychology practice in terms of assessment, formulation, treatment planning, intervention and the therapeutic relationship;
3. Understand the fit between counselling psychology and different therapeutic modalities;
4. Show awareness of the place of research within counselling psychology.

Assessment strategy

Formative assessment will be carried out through in-class peer group exercises.
Summative assessment will be one coursework essay of 3000 words. A minimum grade of 40% must be obtained to pass the module.


Johnstone, L., & Dallos, R. (Eds.). (2014). Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: Making sense of people’s problems (2nd ed.) Hove, East Sussex: Routledge.
Milton, M. (Ed.). (2010). Therapy and beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to therapeutic and social issues. Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell.


British Psychological Society. (2008). Generic professional practice guidelines (2nd ed.).
Dryden, W. (Ed.). (2007). Handbook of individual therapy (5th ed.). London, England: Sage.
Gillon, E. (2007). Person-centred counselling psychology: An introduction. London, England: Sage.
Health and Care Professions Council. (2015). Standards of proficiency for practitioner psychologists. 
Jacobs, M. (2010). (4th ed). Psychodynamic counselling in action. London, England: Sage.