Short Title:Counselling
Full Title:Counselling
Module Code:CNSL H4001
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:DAVID IRWIN
Module Description:To provide students with a theoretical background in counselling and to develop basic counselling skills.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Classify the theoretical backgrounds and techniques of a range of Counselling/therapeutic approaches
LO2 Determine the counselling skills-set to help people in care, including those who have experienced childhood trauma or who have suffered sexual abuse
LO3 Formulate strategies for coping with conduct disorders
LO4 Optimise for the service-user coping and self-management skills to develop a positive self-image and confidence
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Psychological Approaches to Counseling
Psychodynamic Approach Humanistic Approach: Rogers’ Person-Centred Therapy Cognitive-Behavioural Approach: Rational-Emotive Therapy, Reality Therapy Behavioural Approach and Behaviour Modification Transactional Analysis or Gestalt Therapy
Basic Principles and Considerations in Counselling
Personal and professional qualities of the effective counsellor Boundaries and creating a ‘safe environment’ Ethical issues in counselling practice, including confidentiality
Counselling Skills
Egan’s 3-stage model; attending and listening; paraphrasing/reflections; use of questions and Probes; helping clients explore feelings; coping with silences and blocks; starting and finishing a session; coping with resistance.
Applied Counselling
Working with survivors of sexual abuse, stages, typical issues for survivors. Therapeutic approaches to sexual abuse and treatment. Suicide and parasuicide, suicide risk assessment and interventions. Counselling clients who self harm Working with people who experience domestic violence.
Conduct Disorders: Delinquent and Non-Delinquent Acts
Strategies for coping with aggression, bullying, anti-social behaviour, stealing, alcohol and drug-related misbehaviour, negative interpersonal interaction. Vandalism, destructiveness, defiance. Promoting pro-social behaviour.
The Self-Image
Understanding the need to acquire a positive self-image. Programmes to develop a healthy, positive and realistic self-image.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation This evaluation will apply psychological approaches to counselling in a variety of contexts (to include approaches to counselling skills)such as applied counselling among various client groups. 1,2,3,4 50.00 Every Second Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Feltham. C. (Ed.) 2000, Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sage Publications
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bond, F. & Dryden, W. 2002, Handbook of Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Wiley NY
  • Bond, T 2000, Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action 2nd. ed., Sage Publications London
  • Clarkson, P. 1999, Gestalt Counselling in Action, 2nd ed., Sage Publications London
  • Draucker, C.B. 2000, Counselling Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, 2nd. ed., Sage Publications London
  • Dryden, W 1999, Rational Emotive Behavioural Counselling in Action, 2nd ed. Ed., Sage Publications London
  • Foxx, R.M. 2002, Behavioural Interventions: Theory and Practice in Residential & Community-Based Clinical Programs. Vol. 17, Wiley NY
  • Kaslow F 2002, Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy: Four Volume Set., Wiley NY
  • Mearns, D. & Thorne B. 2000, Person Centred Therapy Today: New Frontiers in Theory and Practice., Sage Publications London
  • Nelson-Jones, R. 1999, Introduction to Counselling Skills: Text and Activities, Sage Publications London
  • Palmer, S. & Woolfe, R. 1999, Integrative and Eclectic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sage Publications London
  • Prout, T. & Brown, D.T. 1998, Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents: Theory and Practice for School and Clinic Settings, Wiley NY
  • Schaeffer, C. 1999, Innovative Psychotherapy Techniques in Child and Adolescent Therapy., 2nd edition Ed., Wiley NY
  • Smith, C. & Nylund, D. 1997, Narrative Therapies with Children and Adolescents., The Guilford Press London
  • Stallard, P. 2002, Think Good-Feel Good: A Cognitive Behaviour therapy Workbook for Children and Young People, Wiley N.Y.
  • Vance, H.B. & Pumariega A.J. 2001, Clinical Assessment of Child and Adolescent Behaviour, Wiley NY
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 8 Mandatory