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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title PP-Advanced Psychotherapy Practice
Module Code NS617
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gemma Kiernan
Semester 2: Gemma Kiernan
Autumn: Gemma Kiernan
Module TeachersGemma Kiernan
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 20
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
As above

This module incorporates three key components of the taught Doctorate Programme, 1) psychotherapy practice 2) psychotherapy supervision / consultation and 3) personal / professional development, which together form a core stream over the first year of the programme. The purpose of this module is to enhance candidates’ knowledge, skills and reflexive capacity in order to facilitate advanced integration of theory, practice and research and of their personal and professional selves. Candidates are expected to engage in advanced psychotherapy practice, psychotherapy consultation / supervision, personal awareness work, in-class presentations, class based discussion and experiential work, and self-directed learning activities. This work will be recorded in their personal journals and presented in their Professional Portfolio, which provides evidence and a record of their personal and professional development and clinical and supevisory competencies over the duration of the module.

Learning Outcomes

1. learning outcome 1
2. Practice and Supervision related competencies: • Demonstrate advanced competency in clinical practice with complex cases. • Critically appraise a range of therapy models / approaches to clinical practice. • Engage in multi-dimensional case conceptualisation and case management and advanced integration of theory, practice and research. • Integrate knowledge of best practice in psychotherapy and engage in critical debate about practice issues. • Demonstrate understanding of how the self of the therapist influences the therapeutic relationship and therapy process. • Demonstrate competence in therapeutic decision-making (e.g. incorporating legal and professional regulations and obligations

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioPractice : 1. Practice Logs and Reports 2. In-class presentation of practice model Supervision: 1. In-class presentations of case related material 2. Engagement in and contribution to the supervision group Personal / Professional Development: 1. Reflective Essay - 3,000 words 2. Personal Development Logs and Reports 3. Additional Documentation-evidence of self-directed learning100%n/a
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

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    DPSYDoctor of Psychotherapy

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