Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Foundations of Counselling II: Further Skills and Theory
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x observation and 750 word skills practice reflection  (15 minutes each)  30%
Semester Assessment Portfolio Assessment  (3000 words)  70%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x observation and 750 word skills practice reflection  (15 minutes each)  30%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio Assessment  (3000 words)  70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. ​Select and apply appropriate strategies to facilitate counsellor-client communication in simulated counselling settings.

2. Show critical awareness of the values, virtues and ethics that underpin counselling practice.

3. Demonstrate the ability to engage in deep self-reflective practice.

4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of integrative counselling therapies/approaches.

5. Demonstrate levels of personal qualities appropriate to the counselling relationship, including empathy, warmth and genuineness, reflexivity, active listener, congruence, and self-awareness.

Brief description

Building on Skills and Theory 1, this module will explore further counselling and psychotherapeutic theories and approaches, and continue to enable the development of counselling skillsthrough experiential learning. This module is also designed to help you think creatively and critically, developing skills that will enable you to apply psychology and counselling to address a wide range of personal, professional and societal needs, and provide a basis for PG study and training in counselling.


​Personal and professional perspectives and issues in counselling

Critical reflective practice in counselling

Counselling skills II: communication, active listening, interpersonal skills and self-awareness.

Integrative counselling therapies

Therapy, ethics and human rights: global perspectives

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students will further develop andextend theirawareness of the role of statistical evidence in the literature supporting elements of counselling practice.
Communication The development of advanced communication skills in the counselling context as a key element of this module. The development of these skills is vialectures, and they are also practiced and developed during practical sessions and assessed via observations and weekly reflections.Students will reflect critically on their development in this domain during their supervisory sessions.
Improving own Learning and Performance The concept of the reflective practitionerand continuous professional development–and the skills required to support such practice with the counselling context –are embedded across this module. Students evidence their development as critical reflective practitionersby means of their weekly reflection assessmentand supervisor meetings.
Information Technology Students will develop advanced skills in accessingbibliographic resources in order to locate appropriate literature to support their studies. Studentswill also use ICT skills in developing their patchwork and weekly reflection assessments.
Personal Development and Career planning This module focusesonadvancedpersonal development, reflection and self-awareness that are primarily facilitated through weeklyreflections, supervisor meetings, group activitiesand practicalsessions. Thus, theapplied nature of this module will enhance students’ understanding of counselling as providing them with the opportunity tobegin to 'try out' apotential career pathin the helping professions.
Problem solving Each practical will enable learners to apply theoretical material from the lectures to be developed and appliedcriticallyto solve particular problems relating to counselling practice. This ability will be formally assessed via the observational component.
Research skills Studentswill develop advanced skills in identify and accessing supporting literature to extend material introduced in lecturesand facilitate the completion of coursework elements. These skills will be assessed in the patchwork assessment.
Subject Specific Skills Students will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of advanced counselling-specific skills. These include advanced communication skills and critical interpersonal skills and self-awareness.The ability to adopt an integrative approach is also a key skill that will be developed during the course of the module.
Team work Students will develop advanced team and group work skills by undertaking a range of group-based activities and reflecting critically on the nature of group dynamics, performance and their own role within the group structure. Also, due to the nature of the module, students will play an important role in developing a group identity and helping to create a supporting learning environment for their peers.


This module is at CQFW Level 5