Psychology of Counselling (PSYL10118)

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Psychology of Counselling (PSYL10118)

The course offers advanced psychology students an opportunity to examine some of the core psychological processes at work in counselling and psychotherapy. The course will cover:

Client characteristics, including conceptualisations of distress, mental illness, wellbeing, attachment style, and interpersonal functioning; Therapist characteristics, including theoretical orientation, the issue of technique versus non-technique, and therapeutic and non-therapeutic events; The therapeutic relationship, including transference and countertransference, the contract and working alliance, attachment theory, listening and dialogue, and contrasts between existential-phenomenological and medical stances; Cultural considerations, including considerations for working with special populations and minorities including clients who are gay, lesbian or bisexual, or of different race and culture; Counselling ethics, including concepts of beneficence and non-maleficence, boundaries, supervision, and awareness of professional development and the limits of counselling.

 

1
The “talking cure”
7 George Square, Room S.1
01/11/2018 - 2:10pm to 4:00pm
2
Distress, disorder and “existential malaise”
7 George Square, Room S.1
08/11/2018 - 2:10pm to 4:00pm
3
Theoretical orientation
7 George Square, Room S.1
15/11/2018 - 2:10pm to 4:00pm
4
Technique and non-technique
7 George Square, Room S.1
22/11/2018 - 2:10pm to 4:00pm
5
Counselling diversity and infrastructure
7 George Square, Room S.1
29/11/2018 - 2:10pm to 4:00pm
Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students should:

- Understand the counselling process and outcomes, and concepts of health and wellbeing.

 - Understand both practical and theoretical aspects of the therapeutic contract and relationship.

 - Appreciate differences between theoretical orientations and their implications for practice.

 - Appreciate the therapeutic value of talking and the limits of counselling.

References: 

(please read prior to the lecture)

Lecture 1 The “talking cure”

  1. * Cayne, J. & Loewenthal, D. (2007). The unknown in learning to be a psychotherapist. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 9: 373–387.
  2. Feltham, C. (2014). The Cultural Context of British Psychotherapy. In Dryden, W. & Reeves, A. (Eds.). The Handbook of Individual Therapy. (6th ed.). Sage.
  3. * Douglas, B. (2010). Disorder and its Discontents. In Woolfe, R., Strawbridge, S., Douglas, B. & Dryden, W. (Eds.). Handbook of Counselling Psychology. (3rd ed.). Sage.
  4. * Freud, S. (1925). ‘Psychoanalysis’ and ‘Libido Theory’. In Phillips, A. (Ed.). (2006). The Penguin Freud Reader. 106-131. Penguin Books.
  5. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/bri...

Lecture 2 Distress, disorder and malaise

  1. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
  2. * Cooper, M. (2007). Humanizing psychotherapy. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 37, 11–16.
  3. * Douglas, B. (2010). Disorder and its Discontents. In Woolfe, R., Strawbridge, S., Douglas, B. & Dryden, W. (Eds.). Handbook of Counselling Psychology. (3rd ed.). Sage.
  4. * Freud, S. (1925). Mourning and melancholia. In Phillips, A. (Ed.). The Penguin Freud Reader. Penguin Books. pp. 310-326.
  5. Gurevich, H. (2008). The language of absence. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 89, 561-578.
  6. Joyce, P. & Sills, C. (2001). Assessment and diagnosis. In Skills in Gestalt Counselling and Psychotherapy. Sage Publications. pp57-70.

Lecture 3 Theoretical orientation

  1. Besley, A. C. (2002). Foucault and the turn to narrative therapy. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 30, 125-143.
  2. * Crocker, S.F. (2005). Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Eastern Thought in Gestalt Therapy. In AL Woldt & SM Toman (Eds.), Gestalt Therapy: History, Theory and Practice Sage. (pp. 65-80).
  3. Feltham, C. (2014). The Cultural Context of British Psychotherapy. In Dryden, W. & Reeves, A. (Eds.). The Handbook of Individual Therapy. (6th ed.). Sage.
  4. * Payne, M. (2014). Narrative Therapy. In Dryden, W. & Reeves, A. (Eds.). The Handbook of Individual Therapy. (6th ed.). Sage. (pp. 469-495).
  5. * Yakeley, J. (2014). Psychodynamic Therapy: Contemporary Freudian Approach. In Dryden, W. & Reeves, A. (Eds.). The Handbook of Individual Therapy. (6th ed.). Sage. (pp. 21-38). (ASSESSMENT and CASE EXAMPLE sections optional).

Lecture 4 Technique and non-technique

  1. * Laub, L. (2006). Intuitive listening. Modern Psychoanalysis, 31: 88–101.
  2. Lee, B. & Prior, S. (2016). ‘I have to hear them before I hear myself’: developing therapeutic conversations in British counselling students. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13642537.2016.1214161
  3. * Orange, D. (2010). Hans-Georg Gadamer: Undergoing the Situation With the Other. In Thinking for Clinicians. Routledge. pp. 99-118.
  4. Owen, I. R. (1991). Using the sixth sense: The place and relevance of language in counselling. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 19, 307-320.
  5. Giorgi, B. (2005). Reflections on therapeutic practice guided by a Husserlian perspective, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 36, 141-194.
  6. * Ricoeur , P. (1974). Technique and Nontechnique in Interpretation. In The Conflict of Interpretations: Essays in Hermeneutics. Northwestern University Press. pp. 177-195. (HEAVY: DEPLOY READING GROUP)

Lecture 5 Counselling special populations

  1. Dhillon, K. & Ubhi, M. (2003). Acculturation and ethnic identity in marginal immigrant South Asian men in Britain: a psychotherapeutic perspective. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 3, 42-48.
  2. * Eleftheriadou, Z. (2010). Cross-cultural counselling psychology. In Woolfe, R., Strawbridge, S., Douglas, B. & Dryden, W. (Eds.). Handbook of Counselling Psychology. (3rd ed.). Sage. pp. 195-212.
  3. * Hicks, C. & Milton, M. (2010). Sexual identities: meanings for counselling psychology practice. In Woolfe, R., Strawbridge, S., Douglas, B. & Dryden, W. (Eds.). Handbook of Counselling Psychology. (3rd ed.). Sage. pp. 257-275.
  4. * Langdridge, D. (2007). Gay affirmative therapy: A theoretical framework and defence. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy, 11, 27-43.
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upbo4KWUf24
Additional Information: 

Assessment

Written Exam worth 100% of final grade, in Dec diet, date TBC.

Tutor and peer feedback based on weekly practical exercises and demonstrations.