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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Counselling and Psychology
Module Code PSYC408
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Catherine Fassbender
Semester 2: Catherine Fassbender
Autumn: Catherine Fassbender
Module TeachersPamela Gallagher
Nigel Mulligan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module provides an overview of counselling and psychotherapy drawing on a range of theoretical models and discussing their application to practice.

Learning Outcomes

1. 1. Discuss the nature and diversity of contemporary counselling and psychotherapy 2. Critically appraise the philosophical positions of psychodynamic, cognitive- behavioural, humanistic and systemic theories. 3. Appraise the process of counselling and psychotherapy from the perspective of ‘beginnings’, ‘middles’ and ‘endings’. 4. Analyse and critically examine the core characteristics associated with an effective therapist from the humanistic (person –centred) approach i.e. empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. 5. Demonstrate knowledge of the precursory communication skills relevant to establishing a sound therapeutic relationship, such as active listening, physical and

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Group work12No Description
Independent Study89No Description
Total Workload: 125

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

Essential Reading List
Corsini, R. & Wedding, D. 2011, Current psychotherapies, 9th Ed., Brooks/Cole. Belmont, CA, US Corey, G. 2004, Theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy, 7th Ed., Wadsworth Publication Co Belmont, CA. Feltam, C., Hanley, T. & Winter, L. (Eds.) 2017, The Sage handbook of counselling and psychotherapy, 4th ed Ed., SAGE London,UK Geldard, K. 2003, Counselling skills in everyday life, Palgrave Macmillan New York, US Mearns, D., & Thorne, B. 2007, Person-centered counseling in action, 3rd Ed., SAGE London, UK McLeod, J. 2009, An introduction to counselling., 4th Ed., Open University Press Berkshire, UK O’Farrell, U. 2006, First steps in counselling., Veritas Dublin, Irl.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Written Exam1. SESSION ANALYSIS: 500 words (20%) TITLE: Critically analyse Rogers’ demonstration of the three core conditions (empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard) as shown on the Gloria DVD. 2. ESSAY: 2,500 words (80%) TITLE: Critically evaluate one theoretical model of choice (from the following: cognitive-behavioural; humanistic; systemic; psychodynamic), describing the key principles of the model.100%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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    BPYBSc (Honours) in Psychology

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