Full Title:Skills Development
Module Code:PRPF H7003
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2012/13 ( February 2013 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:no description provided
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the development of their own skills through a review of the literature and by engaging in group discussion and role plays along with receiving constructive feedback from classmates and lecturers.
  2. Demonstrate core communication and engagement skills when working with service users and other service providers.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to apply Carl Rogers’s concepts of empathy, congruency and unconditional positive regard through group discussion and role play.
  4. Display sound interviewing and assessments skills.
  5. Employ a wide range of theoretical concepts when interviewing service users, completing assessments and planning and evaluating interventions.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Building rapport
Development of awareness of the communication and engagement skills that assist the develop productive working relationships with service users
Active listening
Apply Carl Rogers’s concepts of empathy, congruency and unconditional positive regard
Asking questions
Practice using different types of questions which aim to empower service users to make changes that will enhance their lives.
Strengths perspective
Apply the ideas from Saleeby's (2008) Strengths Perspective including use of the assessment axis to case examples
Direct work with children
Developing knowledge nd skills in engaging with young children through creative play, art etc.
Safe Talk
Development of skills in working with people who are expressing suicidal thoughts.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation 1.Facilitation of group discussion of assigned literature 2.Development of role play to highlight skills 3.Engagement and participation in the class 1,2,3,4,5 100.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Learning portfolio

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Independent Study n/a 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading n/a 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Practical n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Corey, Gerald. 2005, Theory and Practice of Couselling and Psychotherapy., 7th Ed., Brooks/Cole. Belmont.
  • Rogers, C 1961, On Becoming A Person, ., Constable London
  • Tudor et al. 2004, The Person Centred Approach,, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire
  • Nelson- Jones, R. 2008, Basic Counselling Skills, A Helper’s Manual., Sage Publications London
  • Geldard, K. & Geldard, D. 2005, Practical Counselling Skills: An Integrative Approach. ., Palgrave Macmillian Hampshire
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Coulshed, V & Orme, J, Social Work Practice An Introduction,, 2006 Palgrave, Macmillan Press
  • Fletcher, K, Partnerships in Social Care, A Handbook for Developing Effective Services, (2006) , Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Fowler, J, A Practitioner’s Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents,, 2003. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.
  • Gould, N & Taylor, I, Reflective Learning for Social Work,, 1996) Ashgate, England. 361.3 GOU
  • Healy, Karen, Social Work Theories in Context: Creating a Framework for Practice, 2005. Palgrave Macmillian. London.
  • Hugman, R & Smith, D., Ethical Issues in Social Work,, 1996. London
  • Ingleby, E, Applied psychology for Social Work,, 2006. Learning Matters Ltd. Exeter.
  • O’Connor,T. and Murphy, M., Social Care in Ireland: Theory Policy and Practice, 2006. CIT Press. Cork
  • Payne, M, Modern Social Work Theory, 2005. Third Edition, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Saleebey, D, Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice, 2006. 4th edition, Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, Boston  
  • Schon, D.A, The Reflective Practitioner, How Professionals Think in Action,, (1991) New York, Basic Books
  • Trevithick, P, Social Work skills: a Practice Handbook, (2000). Buckingham: Open University Press.
  • Vetere, A. and Dallos, R., Working Systemically with Families: Formulation , Intervention and Evaluation, 2003. Karnac. London.
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
DK_HSOCA_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care 2 Mandatory
DK_BSSC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care 2 Mandatory
DK_HCSSC_C Higher Certificate in Arts in Social Care 2 Mandatory