Counselling Psychology 4H PSYCH4085

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course gives a brief history of counselling psychology in the UK, and critically evaluates some of the main approaches in depth. The aims and assumptions of various approaches will be discussed along with their use in the treatment of mental health problems.


Five 2 hour teaching sessions over a five week block.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of level 3H psychology single honours.

Excluded Courses



Students will write a 2500 word review based on the literature identified by their groups throughout the course (75% of overall course mark). In addition, each student will produce a one page information sheet summarising the key points for clients within this client group or issue (25% of overall mark).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to discuss and critically evaluate some of the main approaches in counselling psychology, discussing their advantages and disadvantages specifically with reference to recent research on particular mental health disorders. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate understanding of the history of counselling in the UK, and the basic assumptions of counselling psychology

■ Discuss the basic assumptions of various approaches to counselling

■ Critically evaluate in detail different commonly used counselling methods with reference to recent research

■ Critically evaluate the application of various counselling approaches to specific client groups

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.