PSYC06018 2016 Professional Studies for Counselling

General Details

Full Title
Professional Studies for Counselling
Transcript Title
Professional studies
100 %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Orla Walsh, John Kane, Tamsin Cavaliero, Patrick Broderick, Anna Fewer-Hamilton
Programme Membership
SG_PCOUN_E06 201600 Certificate in Counselling

This module addresses elementary professional and ethical issues related to the use of introductory counselling skills in helping roles. This will take place within a broader exploration of best practice in the counselling profession. The learner will have the opportunity to consider their suitability for a career in counselling and to explore possible career paths.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate knowledge of the application of the basic philosophical concepts underpinning ethics to professional helping work.


Recognise ethical contexts and situations which are governed by codes of ethics and legislative requirements pertaining to practice.


Engage in appropriate structured reflection in relation to continuous professional development.


Access and comprehend at a foundational level, field specific research literature.


Describe how multicultural issues can impact on professional helping relationships.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Online lectures and support plus face to face tutorials.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment

Repeat Assessments

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

Indicative Syllabus

Best Practice:

the basic philosophical concepts underpinning ethics; ethical and legislative contexts in counselling practice; the benefits and limitations of counselling; ethical dilemmas.


Supervision and Self Care:

the principles of supervision; self care and prevention of burnout.


Counselling Research:

how is knowledge created in the counselling field? accessing and reading research literature; understanding elementary qualitative and quantitative research methods.


Communication in counselling:

the importance of clear and accurate communication in academic and professional contexts; presenting your point of view; record keeping, confidentiality and data protection; the use of information and communication technology in professional contexts.


Diversity in counselling:

the principles of equity; multicultural issues; social justice.


Careers in counselling:

counsellor attributes; personal suitability for a career in counselling; the importance of continuous professional development (CPD); keeping a CPD portfolio; goal setting.


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

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Online Activities 1.5 Weekly 1.50
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial 1 Fortnightly 0.50
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015-03-23 Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action (Counselling in Action Series) SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN 1473913977 ISBN-13 9781473913974

Textbook with free access to counselling videos and other digital resources! The fourth edition of this classic text includes FREE access to an interactive eBook edition, which gives you on-the-go access to a wealth of digital resources supporting the print edition. It includes: * 16 counselling scenario videos * 16 author discussion videos * an interactive glossary * journal articles * interactive multiple choice questions * live links to useful websites, including ethical codes and frameworks relevant to the UK and internationally. The 16 counselling scenario videos illustrate key ethical topics, issues and dilemmas arising in counselling practice, including: contracting, confidentiality, working with a client with suicidal intent, counselling in a digital age, counsellor self-care - and much more. In the 16 author discussion videos, leading expert Tim Bond gives his reflections on each counselling scenario, to support you in your ethical practice. Other updates to the new edition include three new chapters on Working with Social Diversity, Counselling in a Digital Age and Being Accountable: Evidence-based Practice and Monitoring and new content on reflective practice to encourage ethical mindfulness. This is the ultimate guide to standards and ethics in the psychological therapies and a must read for all trainees and practitioners. Tim Bond is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Bristol and Visiting Professor to the University of Malta. We are putting the finishing touches on all of the carefully crafted tools and resources that will soon be available to you on the interactive ebook. Please check back soon to see what the interactive ebook has to offer! 9781473913974

Recommended Reading
2011-01-19 The Trainee Handbook: A Guide for Counselling & Psychotherapy Trainees SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN 1849206260 ISBN-13 9781849206266

Written by a team of leading trainers, practitioners and supervisors, this bestselling book provides all the help and advice you'll need as you start and progress through your training in counseling and psychotherapy. It will also be an essential resource as you go on to take your first steps into therapeutic practice.

The book identifies and guides you through the practical skills and knowledge you'll need to make a success of your training - from writing essays, through case formulation, and on to preparing for your first meeting with a client. A further important function of the book is to address and allay the concerns which are common to all students. Now in its third edition, The Trainee Handbook has been fully updated to take account of the significant changes that have taken place in the therapy professions over the last few years.

Recommended Reading
2011-05-02 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Multicultural Perspective SAGE Publications, Inc
ISBN 1412987237 ISBN-13 9781412987233

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy provides future mental health practitioners with a solid foundation in the theoretical concepts of the major theories of counseling and psychotherapy, enabling them to take these theories directly into clinical practice and to assist them in examining present-day counseling and therapy from a practical culture-centered perspective while simultaneously respecting traditional individual approaches to the field. The book is unique among other texts in that it fully integrates neuroscience and a multicultural approach, which is demonstrated throughout every chapter and reflects the need for mental health practitioners to have a heightened level of cultural competence and understanding of neuroscience in the future.

Module Resources

URL Resources

IACP Code of Ethics