EDF4531 - Counselling settings and populations - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Claire Hutton


Claire Hutton

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (Flexible)


This unit familiarises students with the professional side of counselling. Students are introduced to the different ways in which counselling is offered, including online and distance counselling, individual, couples and group counselling. Students explore the many settings in which counselling takes place including career and vocational counselling, mental health settings, spiritual centres and school counselling. Creative approaches to counselling such as play therapy and art therapy and the counselling of diverse and special populations are investigated. The unit also introduces students to the professional organisations in their area of practice as well as to regulations which govern counselling practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand the many forms of professional counselling
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the variety of settings and populations in which counselling takes place
  3. demonstrate familiarity with counselling diverse client populations
  4. distinguish between individual, couples and group therapy
  5. understand, differentiate and critically appraise the varied forms of counselling
  6. acquire practical counselling experience by learning in the field.


2 days


Professional counselling interview and presentation (4000 words, 50%)

Essay detailing the counselling service provision to a specific client group (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face-to-face component over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for flexible students:
    • 20 hours on campus classes, 12 hours online classes and 4 hours directed online learning over the semester, or
    • 24 hours directed online learning and 12 hours online classes over the semester
  2. Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:
    • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
    • at least 14 hours of online study per term
  3. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester

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