This unit introduces students to the range of intervention models/theories used in counselling psychology and examines the assumptions on which they are based. Students will be required to examine the theoretical bases of two approaches in depth. Geldard's problem solving approach will form the basis of the practical counselling taught in the unit.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to perform a basic initial counselling interview of about one hour in duration, including effective use of the skills covered in Geldard's and Geldard's 'Basic Personal Counselling'; be able to describe and apply at least five relevant major therapies to typical counselling clinical cases, with particular reference to the effectiveness of these therapies to specific client presenting issues; and be able to critically evaluate the scientific standing of various therapies according to accepted research and professional criteria.
Theoretical essay (1500 words): 30%
Counselling practice (20%)