PSY20180 The Science + Art of Therapy: From Freud to Zinn

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will give you a broad overview of the key concepts and therapeutic processes of the major approaches in counselling psychology. Theoretical constructs of how psychological disturbance are acquired and maintained, the goals of therapy, key therapeutic techniques and the therapeutic relationship will be explored across these approaches. Lectures will be highly participative and case studies and video clips showing master practitioners will be used to illustrate the therapeutic process.

Assessment will consist of a) an MCQ quiz b) an end of trimester essay.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

LO1:Demonstrate knowledge of the major therapeutic approaches that inform the practice of counselling psychology

LO2: Compare and contrast the major therapeutic approaches in counselling and psychotherapy and be familiar with the critiques
and evidence-based evaluations of these therapeutic approaches.

LO3: Be aware of the impact of the cultural and social context within which these approaches take place.

Indicative Module Content:

Person Center Therapy - Carl Rogers
Freud and Psychoanalysis
Multigenerational family therapy - Bowen Theory

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is usually taught through Formal Guest Lectures and two Revision/Review Sessions. The Guest Lecturers are practitioners in the field of applied psychology across a range of services. Formal lectures will introduce and discuss theoretical issues, concepts and models of Counselling Psychology. Students are advised to engage with all lectures as a sensible part of the learning outcomes will be covered. Audiovisual material will be used when appropriate and available to reflect on the main issues taught in the module. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Online MCQ Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: 1500 word essay Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Mid-trimester assessment component: Feedback will be given normally within 2-3 weeks after the MCQ quiz End of trimester assessment component: Individual Feedback will be given when the grades are released.

Name Role
Dr Paul D'Alton Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 14:00 - 15:50