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LP10558: Counselling skills in an addictions context

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health (administered by the Learning Partnerships Office)
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year at Action on Addiction
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 25%, PF 75%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Case Study Analysis (1500 words) (CW 25% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Portfolio (3500 words) (PF 75% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This double unit aims to assist students in the development of counselling skills which they will use safely and ethically. Students will be helped to learn experientially as well as intellectually the skills required to manage the counsellor/client relationship, to communicate an empathic understanding to the client and to create an active listening space. Students will be encouraged to use self-awareness within their counselling relationship with clients.

Learning Outcomes:
Having completed this unit, students will be able to:
* Use understanding and skills to manage counselling situations.
* Communicate empathic understanding to clients.
* Manage an active and structured listening space
* Develop self-awareness and apply to the counselling interaction
* Use counselling skills and techniques appropriately and coherently in an addictions treatment setting.
* Understand ethical issues and dilemmas commonly encountered in addictions treatment settings.

Intellectual Skills
* Compare counselling theories and models [T/A]
* Analyse ethical dilemmas [T/A]
Professional Skills
* Creating a safe space through the establishment of ethical and professional boundaries. [F]
* Self-reflection and assessment of counselling performance.[F/A]
Practical Skills
* Apply counselling skills within a structured framework [T/A]
Key Skills
* Note taking and case study presentation. [F]
* Developing patterns of accurate interpersonal communication. [F/A]
* Ascertaining information from clients. [F/A}
* Communication with supervisor and colleagues.[F]

This double unit is concerned with:
* The initial contract for group and counselling interactions.
* Developing active listening skills.
* The importance of rapport and how to achieve it.
* Stages in counselling - beginnings, middles & endings
* Introduction and Application of Egan's 3-stage Helping Model.
* Structuring the counselling session using Stage I skills.
* Developing preferred Scenarios - skills and techniques
* Recording of role-play counselling situations & peer evaluation
* Identifying, understanding and responding to ethical issues.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

LP10558 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Programmes administered by the Learning Partnerships Office
  • UHHL-KFF09 : FdSc Addictions Counselling (Full-time at Action on Addiction)