Skip to main content


This is the current assignment for this module. It contains both formative and summative elements. It should be used by those who attended the May 2014 Guidance Skills (Advanced) residential.


FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: Contracting/Working alliance (use the online forum for this module)

View the Phil & Melissa video a couple of times. Whilst you are doing this, make notes on the contracting/working alliance process used and evaluate it. Once you have done this, share one idea in relation to your own evolving practice e.g. at least one topic that you would like to include in the contract/alliance. Share this and any other reactions by 30th September 2014 in the online forum thread named Formative assessment 2014: Contracting/Working alliance. Posts can be as short or as long as you want and the activity is designed to be fairly informal. You are also encouraged to comment on each other's postings. Please note that you are also most welcome to email me to discuss your work on this module individually.


SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT: Guidance skills project (5000 word limit: weighting 100%)

This module is summatively assessed via a project consisting of two guidance interview critiques. We ask you to record two interviews, transcribe and comment on them to inform your practice.

1/ Critique of first interview (2500 words)

2/ Critique of second interview (2500 words)

Detailed guidance
Following the residential, read the module reading pack supplied by Warwick and recap on career development theories from the core module. Once you have done this, arrange for at least three of your interviews to be recorded with the clients' consent. Select two interviews lasting between 20-60 minutes that you consider competent. Transcribe these interviews to clearly show the words used by yourself and the client. Annotate this transcript using the 'Insert Comment' command or equivalent. The annotations should be brief but show your understanding of two career development theories, an interview framework, contracting skills and additional interviewing skills (see 1/ to 4/ below).

Cross referring to the annotations, complete a 2500 word critique of each interview. The emphasis is on using the annotations to reflect on strengths and weaknesses in your own practice and ideas for the development of this. The critique should be structured to cover:

  1. The key concepts from two selected career development theories (e.g. Holland, Super, Law, Hodkinson, Krumboltz, Cochran or Savickas). The focus here is on using the key concepts to creatively critique, and suggest enhancement of, your practice.
  2. One selected interview framework (e.g. Mignot, Ali & Graham, Spinelli, Gothard or Winter).
  3. Contracting/working alliance and re-contracting skills (e.g. making clear the client’s agenda and your agenda, showing the client you have understood his/her agenda, agreeing how to address both agendas, agreeing movement through the interview and next steps).
  4. Additional interviewing skills (e.g. listening, exploring, summarising and agreeing action).

Once complete, attach the transcript as an appendix to each critique and send to Warwick using the course online submission system. Post the recording to Warwick and submit all these elements to arrive in time for the module hand-in date. The recording should be clearly audible and in hard copy format (audio CD, DVD or memory stick). The hard copy is needed for examination purposes. The transcripts do not form part of the word count.

Final points
Submit both interviews at the same time. The written work must be submitted using the the online submission system and the recordings sent by post to arrive by the hand-in date. You will be invited to give overall feedback on the module as part of this. Word limits must be adhered to within a 10% leeway and excessive length will be penalised. Coursework will be assessed against the learning outcomes described in the module specification and postgraduate assessment criteria. The course guide to referencing (e.g. citation style, use of reference list and bibliography) must be used. Links to all these elements are available in the online student handbook in the student course space.


You are invited to contact me to discuss any aspect of this module prior to submission. If you would like to have a tutorial, please email some possible dates and times to