The Counselling Skill and Interdisciplinary Studies programme offers a stimulating enquiry into the many themes, tensions and challenges within the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities. The programme has been put together to address generic and specific skills of contemporary relevance within these broad disciplines, by drawing on practical skills taken from the discipline of Counselling, skills which are increasingly embedded within professional practices.
In addition, the significant academic and evidence-based foundation of the programme will equip you with theoretical and critical abilities in which to engage with the wider social and political field in which these skills are based. The programme follows the development of the ideology of care and synthesizes the common elements of this value into an interdisciplinary approach to the skills, theories, contexts and professional standards required to exercise a supportive and helping relationship within contemporary professional disciplines.
The starting point for this will be the embedded counselling practices which are now recognized in their different forms within the work of Care professionals.
This single honours programme offers an excellent opportunity to combine a skills-based and theoretical programme of study. It is suitable for a diverse student population. Lecturers on the programme are all experienced within the field of health and social care, are practicing Counsellors and are research-active.
This creates a stimulating learning environment that enhances students' enjoyment of the course. Students will develop strong IT skills as well as strong critical writing skills.
Typical Year One Modules include:
- Qualities of the Helping Relationship
- The Helping Frame
- Contemporary Context of Counselling Skill
- The History of Counselling as a Social Function
- Introduction to Research and Employability
The modules at level 4 will examine the contemporary definitions of counselling and identify the diverse settings in which counselling takes place, exploring the notion that the majority of counselling occurs within other helping roles, such as nurse, doctor, social worker and teacher. In addition the modules will dig down through the multiple layering of the history of the counselling discipline to develop a greater understanding of the discourses and tensions in the current field of psychological health and related fields, whilst blending a solid foundation to the key paradigms, theories and issues in relation to the foundational helping skills and broadening the concept of those transferable skills into study skills, stress management, whilst working to harness the impact of these upon employability.
Typical Year two Modules
- Applied Mental Health Advocacy Skills
- Embedded Counselling Practices
- Counselling Therapy Theories
- Supporting Human Flourishing
- Research Methods in Counselling
At level 5 the place of the theories of human nature within Counselling will be examined, and consideration of the four main schools of therapy will be undertaken - psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive behavioural and integrative and pluralistic. From an understanding of psychological health and its various descriptions, an investigation into the question of 'human flourishing' will be made, drawing on the multi-voiced dialogues that have, and are attempting to address the ingredients that enable us individually and collectively to flourish.
To assist with this enquiry the many themes of humanism(s) will be addressed, in the ambition to relive human suffering, through their contemporary critiques, including postcolonial, feminist, faith, environmental and postmodern theorizing which has introduced concepts such as post-human, anti-humanism and trans-human, which lead into questions of the value of 'care' in contemporary society and the political ideologies and debates which surround this complex area, and none more contentious than the area of research and its implications for recourses and policy forming, which will become a significant theme at level 5. These theoretical explorations will be underpinned by two significant skills modules.
Typical Year Three Modules
- Group Facilitation and Restorative Practice
- Empirical Research Skills
- Postmodern Counselling Theories
- Current Debates in Counselling
- Independent Project
A central theme within contemporary societies is that of 'identity', this theme sits alongside the broader applications of 'value' as conceived through the lens of moral and ethical interpretations and its cultural and professional application.
The philosophical field of morals and ethics is arguably one of the most fascinating, and yet, challenging aspects of human existence. Moral and ethical consideration can be applied to all aspects of human life and significantly contribute to the construct of societies, institutions, cultures and laws, and so influence 'how things are'. However, the field of morals and ethics are full of tensions and disputes reflecting the historical depth and richness of the human endeavour to attempt to answer, what are considered by some, to be the three most basic questions of human existence: what should I do, what should we do, how should I be?
At level 6 you will have the opportunity to follow your own interest and develop a question for exploration in an Independent Study, associated with topics and concepts considered in the programme.
Set alongside the theoretical modules are 'skills' modules which relate to the subjects taught from a theoretical perspective
- Ruth Groff
- Carol Hughes
- Beverly Cole
- Catherine Slade
- Andrea Williams
The programme will offer a range of traditional and innovative assessment methods to give you the opportunity to extend your practical and academic skills and encourage your independent learning; these will include essays, presentations, reflection, skill development.
The programme focuses on developing yours skills for employment across a range of practices, within the health and social care sectors. It will also enable you to apply for the Masters in Counselling Practice to become a practicing Counsellor and to apply for professional Postgraduate courses across a range of professions.
Higher Education Certificate in Counselling Skill
The level 4 component of the course will form the 'stand alone' Higher Education in Counselling Skills 120 that can be undertaken as part of the 'flexible learning' opportunity that the School offers.
- BA Counselling Studies and Psychology
- BSc Psychology
- Integrated Masters in Humanistic Counselling