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Introduction to Counselling


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Dr Esther Ramsay-Jones
  • Assessment: an essay, eight-minute audio-visual presentation and mind map with written reflective account, 1750 words total (100%)

Module description

What is counselling? How does it help? How does it differ from a good conversation with a friend? In this module we:

  • introduce you to the basic ideas, aims and methods of the main types of counselling
  • give you an understanding of what counselling is, and how it is different from other supportive roles
  • offer you the opportunity to learn about yourself and to develop greater self-awareness.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • explain what counselling is and how this differs to other helping professions
  • use some basic counselling skills, involving listening and responding
  • understand the main differences between the three major therapeutic modalities: person-centred counselling, CBT and a psychodynamic approach
  • demonstrate a capacity for self-reflection and reflexivity.