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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Research Dissertation & Advanced Training
Module Code NS593
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Gemma KiernanOffice NumberH219
Level 5 Credit Rating 25
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
  • Examine the place of using an integrative framework to counselling psychotherapy theory and practice.
  • Critically evaluate competing meta-models to counselling – psychotherapy theory and practice.
  • Introduce students to the factors common to different models e.g. psychoanalytic, humanistic-existential, cognitive behavioural and systemic-constructivist.
  • Develop an informed and critical appraisal of the core principles associated with an adaptable and integrative framework for practice.
  • Support an adaptable and integrative framework for practice that is led by the needs of and foregrounds the usefulness to the client.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module and following a period of personal study and participation in tutorials, workshops, reading groups and online collaborative discussions it is intended that the student will be able to:

  • Examine the place of using an integrative framework to counselling psychotherapy theory and practice.
  • Analyse and critically examine the theoretical underpinnings of an adaptable and integrative approach to the therapeutic relationship – dialogue.
  • Analyse and critically examine a common factors approach to therapeutic change.
  • Critically assess the process of case formulation and therapeutic change as conceptualised from within an adaptable and integrative framework.
  • Critically analyse integrative frameworks of human development, diagnostics and psychopathology.
  • Critically evaluate the process of change in psychotherapy and in human development.
  • Critically evaluate the similarities between the process of doing psychotherapy and the process of doing research.
  • Critically evaluate the reciprocal relationship between theory and practice.
  • Examine and articulate how an adaptable integrative framework may facilitate or inhibit therapeutic practice.
  • Critique the contribution that integrative practice makes to pathway specific pathology.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 21
Tutorials 5
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 49

Total 75
Assume that a 25 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

This module is based on introducing students to the advanced theory and knowledge required to conduct counselling and psychotherapy within an integrative framework. The primary areas of the module are outlined below:

  • Exploration of an adaptable and integrative framework of theory and practice with a particular emphasis on psychodynamic-analytic, humanistic-existential, cognitive-behavioural and systemic-constructivist approaches.
  • Consideration and comparison of interpersonal-social development from a humanistic-existential, cognitive behavioural and systemic-constructivist perspective.
  • Consideration of how an adaptable integrative framework conceptualises pathology and engages in assessment and treatment.
  • Analysis of how an adaptable integrative framework co-creates and maintains the therapeutic alliance.
  • Exploration of how an adaptable integrative framework, which considers developmental processes as well as contextual issues and combines a diversity of theoretical tenets, principles and techniques can co-create an effective therapeutic relationship to promote a positive outcome.
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List

Indicative Reading List:

Evans, K.R., & Gilbert, M. (2005). An Introduction to Integrative Psychotherapy.
        Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Feltham, C. (1997). Which Psychotherapy: Leading Proponents Explain Their
        Differences. London: Sage
Norcross, J.C. (2003). Psychotherapy relationships that work: Contributions and Responsiveness to Patients. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
O’ Brien, M & Houston, G. (2007). Integrative Therapy. A Practitioners Guide.
        London: Sage.
Bor, R., & Watts, M. (2006). The Trainee Handbook: A Guide for counselling and
        psychotherapy Trainees. London: Sage.
Culley, S. (1991). Integrative Counselling Skills in Action. London: Sage
Dryden, W. (1992). Integrative and Eclectic Therapy. A Handbook. Buckingham:
       Open University Press.
Frank, J.D. (1973). Persuasion and Healing: A Comparative Study of Psychotherapy.
       New York: Schocken: Books.
Lane, D.A & Corrie, S. (2006). The modern Scientist-practitioner. London: Routledge
       Woolfe, R., Dryden, W. & Strawbridge, S. (2003). Handbook of Counselling
       Psychology (2nd edition). London: Sage.
Karasu, T.B. (1992). Wisdom in the Practice of Psychotherapy. New York: Basic
McLeod, J. (1994). Doing Counselling Research. London: Sage.
McLeod, J. (1999). Practitioner Research in Counselling. London: Sage

• Journal of Psychotherapy Integration
• Psychotherapy Theory, Research, Practice, Training
• Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
• Journal of Counselling Psychology
• The Counselling Psychologist

On Line Databases:

CINAHL plus with full text

Philosopher''s Index



Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

SAGE journals online


Counselling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works

Additional texts and references for journal articles will be provided by individual lecturers

Programme or List of Programmes
MDCPMSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy