ASS1 Awareness and Attentiveness Skills

ASS1: Awareness and Attentiveness Skills
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Full Title:
Awareness and Attentiveness Skills
Awareness and Attentiveness Skills
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NFQ Level:
(October 2009) November 2012
ECTS Credits:
Anne Marie Dixon / Geraldine Holton
Module Aims:
 To understand the importance of effective listening
 To provide participants with basic interpersonal skills fundamental to
effective listening, and applied spirituality
 To define and practice the skills of attending, active listening, , selfdisclosure, question-asking (difference between open and closed
questioning), empathy and reflection of feeling, summarising,
paraphrasing, minimal encouragers, probing, challenging
 To explore the transformative healing power of true listening and blocks
to listening
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
ASS1-MO1: Define the central dimensions of attending behaviour
and some critical individual and cultural differences underlying
effective attending
ASS1-MO2: Listen empathically to themselves and one another,
the heart of true listening
ASS1-MO3: Demonstrate attending behaviour in a practice
individual interview
ASS1-MO4: Use awareness and attending behaviour in their daily
Pre-requisite Learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not
enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not
enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section
ASS1: Awareness and Attentiveness Skills
Indicative Context
1. Skills of attending
2. Skills of active listening
3. Skills of self-disclosure as modelling and genuineness
4. Skills of responding with empathy
5. Skills of questioning – open, closed, affective, leading, probing
6. Skills of focusing
7. Skills of brainstorming
8. Skilss of challenging
9. Skills of closure
Assessment Breakdown
Practice based demonstration of skills
Theoretical Paper
Linked to Module Outcome(s) : ASS1-MO3 / ASS1-MO1
Coursework Breakdown
Independent Learning
% of
Full-Time Hours per semester
Lecturing input
Self-directed reading and revision
Self and tutor-directed reading of course material
Researching, structuring information, writing up
Assessment Date
Total Workload 250
Essential Book Resources
De Mello, Anthony. Sadhana - A Way to God. 23rd edition. Gujarat: Sahitya Prakash, 1998.
Egan, Gerard. You and Me: The Skills of Communication and Relating to Others. Brooks/Cole 1977.
Egan, Gerard. The Skilled Helper: A Systemic Approach to Effective Helping 8th ed. London: Thomson
Learning 2006.
Hart, Thomas, N. The Art of Christian Listening. Paulist Press, 1998.
Jacobs, Michael. Swift to Hear: Facilitating Skills in Listening and Responding. SPCK 1985.
Lartey, E. In Living Colour: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counselling. 2nd Edition.
London: Jessica Kingsley, 2003.
Farrell, U. First Steps in Counselling. Dublin: Veritas, 2004.
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Long, Anne and G. Hughes. Listening. Darton, Longman, and Todd, 1990.
Nichols, M, P. The Lost Art of Listening. Guildford Press, 1995.
West, W. Psychotherapy and Spirituality. London: Sage, 2000.
Essential Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources
Allan, Pease. Body Language: How to read others’ thoughts by their gestures (reprint ed.) Sheldon Press
Chen, M, and N. Giblin. Individual Counseling. Denver, CO: Love Publishing, 2002.
Corey, G. Student Manual for Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 8th rev. ed.
Florence, KY: Wadsworth, 2008.
De Mello, Anthony, & Stroud F, J. Awareness: The Pearls and Opportunities of Reality. Doubleday, 1990.
Egan, G. A Problem-Management and Opportunity Development Approach to Helping, 8th ed. London:
Thomson Learning, 2006.
Gendlin, E. Focusing: How to Open Up Your Deeper Feelings and Intuition. Revised and updated 25th
anniversary edition. London: Rider, 2003.
Hartley, Mary. How to Listen So that People Talk. London: Sheldon Press, 2006.
Honey, Peter. Face to Face: A Practical Guide to Interactive Skills, 2nd ed., 1988.
Lindhal, Kay, Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening. Sky Light Paths, 2000.
Kotler, J. On Being a Therapist. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2006.
Mcleod, J. An Introduction to Counselling, 4th ed. Milton Keynes: Open University, 2009.
Mearns, D. Person-Centred Counselling in Action. Counselling in Action Series. London: Sage, 2007.
Sanders, P. First Steps in Counselling: A Students' Companion for Basic Introductory Courses 3rd rev. ed.
PCCS Books, 2002.
Thorne, B. Person-Centred Counselling and Christian Spirituality: The Secular and the Holy. London:
Wiley/Blackwell, 2008.
Thorne, B. Mystical Power of Person Centred Therapy: Hope Beyond Despair. London: Wiley/Blackwell,
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