module specification

PC6054 - Counseling Psychology (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Counseling Psychology
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Essay (3000 words)
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Morning

Module summary

The PC6054 counselling psychology module is a third year BSc psychology module running in the Autumn semester. 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.

Module Aims:
1. To introduce the discipline of counselling psychology, exploring its origins, scope, training, and contexts for practice in the UK;
2. To explore the philosophy, values and ethics of counselling psychology including contemporary debates and issues within the profession;
3. To explore three therapeutic modalities within counselling psychology clinical practice – cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), person-centred/humanistic, and psychodynamic therapy, including theories underpinning these modalities;
4. To explore counselling psychology clinical practice with reference to assessment, formulation, treatment planning, intervention, and the therapeutic relationship;
5. To explore counselling psychology research.

Prior learning requirements

Available for Study Abroad? NO


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. Culture  and diversity in counselling psychology 
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

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 (36 hours) and through self-managed time and private study (114 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 via 1 coursework component essay of 3000 words (+/- 10%)  worth 100% of overall module mark.