Counselling Psychology PGT (Conv) PSYCH5093

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • 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

At least 2:1 honours degree in a science subject.

Excluded Courses



Students will write a group based review (2,500 words) 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).

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 client groups. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Reflect critically on 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.