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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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Dr Vanlal Thanzami



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


In this unit students examine major lifespan theories and mental health issues that arise in the course of childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Historical and contemporary frameworks of lifespan and attachment are explored and discussed in the context of counselling practice. Students also examine key concepts in attachment theory and how the main attachment types play out in both childhood and later life.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. describe and differentiate major lifespan theories
  2. explain the relevance of lifespan theory to counselling
  3. recognise how adult attachment style can affect relationships
  4. appreciate and cultivate sensitivity to the effects of counselling on the client
  5. articulate how an understanding of lifespan and attachment theories can be included in a practical framework for counselling.


Essay on selected lifespan and attachment theories (2000 words, 50%)
Examination (2 hours, 2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 36 hours of engagement in online, face-to-face or blended platforms over the semester
  • Additional requirements (all students):
    • Independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester.

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