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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

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Reassessment Requirement
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
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