PSYC06017 2016 Counselling Skills 2: Foundational Action Oriented Skills

General Details

Full Title
Counselling Skills 2: Foundational Action Oriented Skills
Transcript Title
C Skill 2: Action oriented
100 %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Patrick Broderick, Anna Fewer-Hamilton
Programme Membership
SG_PCOUN_E06 201600 Certificate in Counselling

Building on the relationship building and active listening skills developed in semester one, learners are introduced to basic action oriented counselling skills appropriate to a variety of helping roles. The focus of this experiential skills training module is on understanding how to approach bringing about change in others and oneself. Examples of specific action oriented models will be studied eg motivational interviewing or life space interviewing.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe basic action oriented skills and their predicted outcomes.


Demonstrate the ability to use foundational action oriented skills in a simulated setting with peers.


Demonstrate the ability to conduct elementary client assessment and plan basic interventions in simulated practice.


Critically consider the benefits and limitations of action oriented intervention.


Discuss the principles and practice of supervision.


Identify strengths and areas for further development in their counselling skillset.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching and learning will take place through both didactic and experiential methods, including but not limited to skills demonstration, role play, peer feedback and use of case studies.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment is through continuous assessment including completion of portfolio entries following each workshop, recorded skills practice, and assignments.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment procedures will adhere to IT Sligo policies and procedures and will be discussed and decided at Examination Boards.

Indicative Syllabus

Influence and Change: feedback, self disclosure, basic probes and challenges


Solution focused help: problem solving, helpful self talk, goal setting, homework, models could include Brief solution focused therapy, Life space interviewing, Motivational interviewing.


Coaching and training: client centred coaching, demonstrating, role plays and rehearsal, relaxation training


Crisis intervention: basic skills and strategies, referral, self‑care


Change and the helper: receipt of feedback, use of supervision, ethics and best practice, reflective practice, flexibility, intentionality, planning personal and professional development

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Flat Classroom Workshops 5 Fortnightly 2.50
Tutorial Online Online support 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2013-12-06 The Skilled Helper: A Client-Centred Approach Cengage Learning EMEA
ISBN 1408093782 ISBN-13 9781408093788

Now adapted for the Europe, Middle East and African market, Gerard Egan's The Skilled Helper: A Client-Centred Approach teaches students a proven step-by-step counselling process to enable them to become confident and competent helpers. Internationally recognised for its emphasis on the collaborative nature of the therapist-client relationship and the vital importance of a client-centred approach, the text offers a practical three-stage model which drives client problem-managing and opportunity-developing action. The book integrates the most relevant aspects of different theoretical orientations (humanistic, cognitive, cognitive-behavioural, and solution-focused) into a pragmatic approach to helping.

Recommended Reading
2011-05-03 Essentials of Intentional Interviewing: Counseling in a Multicultural World (HSE 123 Interviewing Techniques) Brooks Cole
ISBN 0840034563 ISBN-13 9780840034564

An excellent guide to interviewing in the helping professions, ESSENTIALS OF INTENTIONAL INTERVIEWING, 2nd Edition delivers a more concise and accessible version of the Iveys' bestselling INTENTIONAL INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING. Ideal for beginning helpers, the Second Edition retains the authors' proven Microskills model of teaching vital interviewing skills step by step. Its multicultural focus reflects the diverse nature of today's society. It also integrates the five systems of helping--person-centered, decisional counseling, brief counseling, crisis counseling, and coaching--and includes new content addressing such critical topics as psychoeducational skills and Internet counseling.

Recommended Reading
2015-12-09 Basic Counselling Skills: A Helper's Manual SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN 1473912997 ISBN-13 9781473912991

This practical bestseller from leading expert Richard Nelson-Jones introduces the essential counselling skills for the helping professions. Now in its fourth edition, it guides you through the key skills for helping work across a range of settings, such as counselling, nursing, social work, youth work, education and many more. It explores 17 key counselling skills, including: 

-asking questions
-facilitating problem solving
-negotiating homework 

Each chapter describes a particular skill, illustrates it using clear case examples across a range of settings and then helps you consolidate and practise what you've learned through a set of creative activities. 

Further chapters cover professional issues including a new chapter on managing crises and chapters on ethical dilemmas, supervision, working with diversity and more.

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