PSY-30080 - Personal Development and Professional Issues
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






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Description for 2024/25

This module is focused on personal and professional development and is aimed towards helping students to develop both the qualities and necessary therapeutic skills for working in helping relationships. Students will develop enhanced listening and interpersonal communication skills, greater self-awareness, and an ability to work with people in distress. This module will further develop the understanding of counselling theory begun in module PSY- 30079.

The module aim is to equip students with skills, understanding of and respect for safe, ethical counselling practice, in line with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy's (BACP) Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. It also aims to increase students' awareness of and ability to work with issues of difference and diversity and to increase students' self-awareness.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

evaluate counselling skills practice: 2,3
demonstrate an increase in self-knowledge and self-awareness: 2,3,4
manage their own learning, and make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to the counselling discipline): 2,3
devise, develop and sustain arguments, and/or solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of the counselling discipline: 2,3
make decision in complex situations, and sometimes with incomplete information: 1,3
develop key person-centred therapeutic skills: 1,2,3,4
identify and evaluate person-centred counselling skills: 2,3
demonstrate the development of key professional and personal qualities and attributes in line with the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions: 1,2,3
manage the therapeutic process when engaged in counselling skills practice with student peers: 1
describe and discuss key aspects of person-centred counselling theory and practice: analyse and discuss person-centred counselling theory and to apply this theory to counselling practice: 2,3

Study hours

Contact time: 78 hours comprising lectures, participation in personal development groups and skills practice and development.
Independent Study totalling 222 hours including preparation for assessments and personal development (which must include 8 hours of personal therapy).

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