Master Course Unit
COUN6021 Advanced Counselling Applications
Credit points: 4
Prerequisites: Counselling Skills
This unit offers students the opportunity of identifying and responding to a range of common yet complex issues that counsellors encounter. It develops the capacity to apply underpinning theoretical constructs to a range of diverse situations, and asks students to assess the complexity of these issues and ways of managing them.
On completion of this unit students should be able to:
analyse, from a multi-theoretical standpoint, a set of complex issues that counsellors encounter
evaluate possible approaches to be taken to manage the complex issues
assess the capacity of an individual to apply the relevant counselling theory and skills
develop and test an approach for working systematically and ethically with wider systems
identify and respond to the impact that these issues may have on the counsellor
determine an appropriate approach to referral
explore the social, legal and ethical issues associated with complex counselling issues
evaluate personal responses to the issues explored and analyse how these may impact upon the counsellor and the counselling process
demonstrate self-awareness and integrate the capacity to be reflexive
undertake and reflect upon the role of clinical supervision in complex areas
Assessment of Complex Issues
Attachment in Childhood and Adolescence
Attachment in Coupling and Parenting
Grief and Loss Issues – Complex and Disenfranchised
Grief and Loss Issues – Personal and Relationship
Grief and Loss Issues – Family and Other
Risk Situations – Crisis and Trauma
Risk Situations – Self-harm and Suicide
Risk Situations – Violence
Mental Health Issues – Early and Adolescent Onset
Mental Health Issues – Adult Onset
Principles for Practice
The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.
Please refer to the document available here.
The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:
- Creative self-expression
- Reasoned criticism
- Multiple research methodologies
- Complex data acquisition techniques and analysis
- Written expression and reasoned argument from empirical data
- Evaluating possible outcomes of alternative courses of action
Feltham, C., & Horton, I. (Eds). (2012). The Sage handbook of counselling and psychotherapy (3rd ed.). London, England: Sage Publications.
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