This unit of study will include: discovery of self:- investigation of fear of self-revelation and defence mechanisms; personality testing (Myer-Briggs); concept of individual growth; exploration of potentially difficult discussion topics including death and dying, suicide, sexual concerns including loss and sexual potency and/or organs, AIDS and safe sexual practices; rape, incest and violence; anger; depression; religion; cross-cultural issues and ethnic identity (may vary according to group). Format of classes includes group participation, basic introduction to group dynamics, building communication skills in the group, setting ground rules.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. To articulate how the self of the therapist influences the counselling relationship.  
  2. Appraise both the strengths that one brings to the role of counsellor and the areas for personal development  
  3. Formulate personal reflections on personal strengths and challenges for counselling work in small group and large group settings  
  4. Critically review and assess the role of one's personal history in the role of the counsellor.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Johari Window - self reflective written assignment where students examine areas of themselves that impact on their counselling work (1000-1500 words) Pass/Fail
Presentation Genogram - class presentation (30 minutes) Pass/Fail
Essay Genogram - self-reflective piece where students examine family history to gain an awareness of factors that impact counselling (1500 words) Pass/Fail

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