Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Counselling Psychology PGT (Conv) PSYCH5093

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • 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 work individually to submit an annotated bibliography (20%) in advance of a group-based essay (80%). Students will work in groups based on their chosen client group, and each group will submit an essay (2,500 words) online on the topic provided. 

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.