Understanding Self and Other

Module code: AE1110

Module co-ordinator: Mary Graham

On this module you will acquire basic counselling skills and use them in a relationship with a role-play client. We will discuss the factors that influence an appropriate counselling environment. Through this process you will also begin to develop an awareness of yourself and be able to identify the practical and ethical issues necessary to create a safe environment in which counselling can take place, including appropriate boundaries.

Topics covered

  • Understanding the difference between counselling skills and counselling
  • Identifying listening skills
  • Understanding feelings and non-verbal communication
  • Empathy
  • Role-play practice
  • Identifying ways of asking questions
  • Paraphrasing and summarising
  • Understanding issues in working with diversity
  • Study skills training
  • Self and peer assessment


  • 5 one-hour lectures
  • 10 one-hour seminars
  • 15 one-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 1 one-hour tutorial


  • Essay, 1,500 words (40%)
  • Learning journal, 1,000 (30%)
  • Skills assessment, 500 words (30%)