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Unit information: Psychological Dimensions of Interpersonal Communication in 2022/23

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Unit name Psychological Dimensions of Interpersonal Communication
Unit code ACHSD0010
Credit points 20
Level of study D/8
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Rob Green
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

Central to the philosophy of the course programme, this unit aims to build upon students' present skills and professional strengths to highlight those qualities and competencies essential for effective professional practice as an applied educational psychologist. Trainees will be supported to develop and adapt their professional skills in relation to a range of professional contexts and clients, ranging from individuals to organisations. Using a range of approaches, including video recording and feedback, the unit will enhance students' counselling, groupwork, presentation, and communication skills, including the management of meetings. Areas covered include: consultation skills and problem-solving; interviewing skills; counselling strategies; assertiveness techniques; conflict resolution, professional judgement and decision-making; effective time management; group management skills; stress management.


To develop skills knowledge and awareness of effective communication strategies and the ability to promote constructive interpersonal relationships with all role partners

To consider personal, interactional, communicative skills (oral, written) demanded by a variety of professional work contexts. This will include work with individual families and children; group work with clients; advisory and consultative work with teachers and school managers; working with other professional agencies and establishing effective relationships at organizational level with LEA officers, service managers, multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams. To develop awareness and sensitivity to the implications of cultural, social, gender and other individual difference for effective interpersonal communication.

Your learning on this unit

By the end of this unit, trainees will:

have a conceptual framework concerning the interactional and communication skills required for effective professional practice within educational, community and multi-professional contexts and organisations such as schools and colleges, be able to offer a range of professionally appropriate counselling and therapeutic skills in work with children, their families and other professionals, independently, as part of training or consultation, or through or with other professionals and incorporating appropriate review and evaluation ( e.g. solution focused work, consultation, problem solving, conciliation and negotiation), be able to make decisions, using a broad evidence and knowledge base, of how to assess, formulate and intervene psychologically, from a range of possible models and modes of intervention with clients, carers, teachers and service systems, be able to promote the psychological well-being of clients with particular regard to their emotional and social needs, be able to develop and maintain effective working relationships with key role partners including : children, young people, their carers, teachers and other professionals, be able to support children, young people and their carers in contributing to the assessment process and the planning and evaluation of interventions process, be able to demonstrate self-awareness and work as a reflective practitioner.

How you will learn

This unit will be delivered through a range of synchronous and asynchronous blended learning methods. The unit includes clinical skills and where possible these will be taught on campus as the situation allows.

How you will be assessed

Completion of a 4000 word assignment, satisfactory reports from fieldwork supervisors, and a range of professional activities reflected in the submission of a Professional Practice Portfolio.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.