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Archived Version 2009 - 2010

Module Title Contemporary Practice in Counselling & Psych
Module Code NS594
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Gerard MooreOffice NumberH214
Level 5 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
This module aims to:? Compare and contrast some of the major paradigms of counselling and psychotherapy within the context of contemporary understandings of best practice?Critically analyse a number of integrative approaches to counselling and psychotherapy within a range of psychotherapeutic domains? Critique contemporary theories and practices in couple and relationship psychotherapeutic work? Apply theory to practice in diverse and complex practice situations?Examine the evolving place of counselling and psychotherapy within wider social, cultural, legal and political contexts? Engage in contemporary debates within the fields of counselling and psychotherapy

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module and following a period of personal study and practical experience it is intended that the student will be able to:?Critically analyse how developing knowledge and associated practices can be effectively and ethically delivered from core model, multi model and integrative perspectives ? Comprehensively examine how particular models can be effectively and efficiently delivered to individuals and couples experiencing relationship problems and in a diverse range of practice settings?Demonstrate an advanced capacity to conceptualise complex case scenarios and develop relevant therapeutic responses? Contribute meaningfully to evolving debates on the nature of effective therapeutic responses and therapist responsibilities?Critically analyse current understandings and contributions of counselling and psychotherapy within the wider social, cultural, legal and political contexts?Demonstrate critical insight into some contemporary issues in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy, including, core, multi-modal and integrative approaches, evidence based practice, counselling and psychotherapy-connections and distinctions, the social construction of professionalism, personal/professional selves of the therapist, therapeutic use of self and anti-discriminatory practices?Formulate and articulate a well grounded position that contributes to these debates?Identify a specific area for contribution to the field of counselling and psychotherapy

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 20
Tutorials 12
Laboratories 13
Seminars 5
Independent Learning Time 25

Total 75
Assume that a 5 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 enabling students to develop and integrate advanced theory and knowledge required to conduct counselling and psychotherapy within multi-model, core model and integrative approaches that are informed by contemporary understandings of best practice.The primary areas of the module are outlined below:· Effective combination of humanistic, cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic and systemic therapies in the assessment of and therapeutic response to client issues·Critique of a number of integrative approaches·The evolution and current status of counselling and psychotherapy from professional, socio-cultural, legal and political Perspectives·Contemporary understandings of relationships for example cyber relationships ·Efficacy and effectiveness in counselling and psychotherapy·Analysis of contemporary issues in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy· The role of the counsellor / therapist in contributing to the body of knowledge underpinning theory, practice and research·Introduction to writing for publication and conference presentation
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
Essential:Feltham, C. (1999) (ed.) Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling. London: Sage.Held, B. S. (1995) Back to Reality: A critique of postmodern theory in psychotherapy. New York: Norton.Ivey, A. E., Ivey, M. B. & Simek-Morgan, L. (1997) Counselling and Psychotherapy: AMultimodel Perspective (4th ed.). Needham Heights MA: Allyn and Bacon.Jones, C., Shillito-Clarke, C., Syme, G., Hill, D., Casemore, R. & Murdin, L. (2000) Questions of Ethics in Counselling and Therapy. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Supplementary:Aveline,M.& Shapiro D.A.(eds.)(1995) Research Foundations for Psychotherapy Practice. New York:Wiley.Beck, J. S. (1995) Cognitive therapy:Basics and beyond:New York: Guilford.Beutler,L.E.(1983) Eclectic Psychotherapy: A Systemic Approach.New York: Pergamon.Burr,V.(2003) Social Constructionism (2nd ed.).London: Routledge.Burns,D.D.(1990) The feeling good handbook.London: Penguin.Caballo,V.E.(ed).(1998) International handbook of cognitive and behavioural treatments forpsychological disorders. Oxford: Pergamon.Coates,J.(1998) (ed.) Language and Gender: A Reader. Oxford: Blackwell.Cohen, S. & Taylor,L.(1992) Escape Attempts.London: Routledge.Corey,G.(2001) Theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy (6th ed). Pacific Grove:Brooks/Cole-Thompson Learning.Corsini,R.J.& Wedding,D.(eds.)(1989) Current Psychotherapies (4th ed.). Itasca: Peacock.Culley, S.(1991) Integrative counselling skills in action. London: Sage.Dowding,K.(1996) Power. Buckingham: Open University Press.Dryder,W.(ed.)(1990) Integrative and Eclectic Therapy: A Handbook. Buckingham: Open University Press.Easterbrook,G.(2003)The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse. London: Random House.Erwin, E.(1997) Philosophy and Psychotherapy. London: Sage.Garfield, S.L.& Bergin,A. E.(eds.)(1994) Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behavior Change.New York: Wiley.Giddens, A. (1991) Modernity and Self-identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age. Cambridge: Polity Press.Pearce,W.B.(1994) Interpersonal Communication: Making Social Worlds. New York:Harper Collins.Pilgrim,D.(1997) Psychotherapy and Society.London: Sage.Flaskas,C.& Perlesz,A.(eds.) (1996)The Therapeutic Relationship in Systemic Therapy. London: Karnac.Foucault, M (1980) Power/knowledge, selected interviews and other writings 1972-1977.Harvester: Brighton.Foucault,M.(1985) The Use of Pleasure: The History of Sexuality, Vol.2. Harmondsworth:Penguin.Freud, S.(1998) New Introductory Lectures. London: Penguin.Freud,S.(1998) The Psychopathology of Everyday Life. London: Penguin.Fromm,E.(2001) The Sane Society. London: Routledge.Furedi,F.(2003) Therapy Culture. London: Routledge.Garfield, S.L.& Bergin,A.E.(eds.)(1986) Handbook of Psychotherapy and BehaviourChange. London: Wiley.Goffman, E.(1959) The presentation of self in everyday life. Harmondsworth: Penguin.Goldberg, I. (2000) Family Therapy: An Overview (5th ed). London: Brook-Cole ThompsonLearning.Griffin, W.A.& Greene, S. M. (1999) Models of Family Therapy: The Essential Guide. London: Brunner.Gumperz, J. (1968) The speech community. International encyclopaedia of the social sciences,(2nd ed.).London: Macmillan.Hartley, P. (1993) Interpersonal communication. London: Routledge.Hirst, P.  & Woolley, P.(1982) Social Relations & Human Attitude


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