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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Professional Practice Portfolio 3
Module Code NS5033
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gerry Moore
Semester 2: Nigel Mulligan
Autumn: Gerry Moore
Module TeachersGerry Moore
Nigel Mulligan
Alice McEleney
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Re-submission of assignments

This module builds on the personal and professional development modules from previous years of the course. The purpose of this module is to enhance students’ knowledge, skills and reflexive capacity to facilitate further integration of their personal and professional selves. In this module students will be challenged and supported to extend an integrative theoretical perspective in their work with individual and couple clients. The module provides in-depth evaluation of core psychotherapy competences, as appropriate to year 3 of the MSc in Psychotherapy programme. Students will engage in critical discussion and reflection on a range of topics including ethical decision-making, the interface between spirituality and psychotherapy, risk assessment and treatment responses to clients presenting with mental health, suicide and addiction issues. Students are expected to continue to attend personal therapy and personal awareness group sessions; engage in clinical practice and clinical supervision on an individual and group basis; participate in class based discussion and on-line self-directed learning activities. This work will be recorded in their portfolio which provides evidence and a record of their personal and professional development over the duration of the course.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a proficiency in personal / professional reflexivity.
2. Examine in depth personal biases and preferences and their influence on the therapeutic process and therapeutic engagement with clients.
3. Demonstrate that they have extended their knowledge and skills from an integrative psychotherapy perspective.
4. Identify and critically examine their personal and professional responses to a range of topics salient to contemporary psychotherapy practice
5. Demonstrate competency in ethical decision making in clinical practice in a range of contexts with individual and couple clients.
6. Demonstrate critical awareness of appropriate responses to ethical, moral and legal dimensions of psychotherapy practice.
7. Demonstrate increased self-awareness and personal development through engagement in personal therapy and personal awareness groups.
8. Utilize individual and group clinical supervision appropriately for personal/ professional development needs.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture10Didactic Teaching
Directed learning60Group Discussion; Group Supervision; Personal & Group Awareness Activities; Psychotherapeutic Skills Development
Clinical placement100Direct Client Work
Clinical placement25Individual Supervision
Independent Study55Self-directed learning; portfolio building; personal / professional reflection; on-line resources; researching and compiling supporting documentation
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Professional & Personal Development
Through continued personal and interpersonal experiential inquiry the student will enhance their reflexive awareness of self-other relationships, critically examine their personal biases, preferences and blind-spots, and understand the use of self in the therapeutic process.

Clinical Practice
The student will continue to engage in direct work with clients presenting with emotional and psychological problems of increasing complexity in a number of different practice settings. This work will be carried out under the guidance of the clinical placement coordinator and clinical supervisors.

Clinical Supervision
The student will continue to engage in formal supervision of their clinical practice in individual and group formats. This will involve presentation of case work and demonstration of application of integrative psychotherapy theory and practice, which can involve retrospective reflection and discussion of the students work in a range of ways, such as written reflective notes, audio / video recordings etc. Supervision will be conducted with an accredited supervisor who is clinically competent in the particular are of work in which the student is engaged.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Performance evaluationSessional Analysis-1500 word analysis of a 30 minute segment of an integrative psychotherapy session30%
EssayWritten Reflective Essay - 2,500 words and completion and submission of personal awareness group reports and supervision reports50%
PortfolioCompletion and submission of work logs and supporting documentation for clinical portfolio20%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Carroll, M., Tholstrup, M. (eds): 2001, Integrative Approaches to Supervision, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London,
  • Creaner, M.: 2014, Getting the Best Out of Supervision in Counselling and Psychotherapy- A Guide for the Supervisee., Sage, London,
  • European Association of Psychotherapy: 2013, European Association of Psychotherapy’s (EAP: 2013) framework of core competencies in practising psychotherapy., (http://www.europsyche.org/download/cms/100510/Final-Core-Competencies-v-3-3_July2013.pdf),
  • Feltham, C. (Ed.): 1999, Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Sage, London,
  • Ladany, N., Friedlander, M.L.: 2005, Critical events in psychotherapy supervision- an interpersonal approach., American Psychological Association,
  • Miller SD, Duncan BL & Hubble MA: 1997, Escape from Babel: Toward a unifying language for psychotherapy practice., Norton., New York,
  • Wosket, V.: 1999, The therapeutic use of self: Counselling practice, research and • supervision., Routledge, London,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MCOUMasters in Psychotherapy
Date of Last Revision07-OCT-10

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