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Studying BA (Hons) Guidance and Counselling at Northumbria University will equip you with a variety of skills and knowledge needed to work within a broad range of helping professions. You will be encouraged to develop your critical faculties to be able to recognise the existence of inequalities and discriminatory practices encountered by people in everyday life and to consider strategies to influence and bring about change. You will engage with a range of learning experiences that include group work, case studies, problem-solving exercises,enquiry based, and experiential learning, as well as the more traditional lecture based approach. Application of theory into practice is a central theme of the course. For example, you will be encouraged to participate in our student peer mentoring programme with the opportunity to act as a mentor for other students.

This course is a valuable foundation for those who wish to use guidance and counselling strategies as part of a job role in working with young people and adults in health, education or community settings, or as the basis for further postgraduate research or professional training. BA Guidance and Counselling offers a challenging and innovative study experience which draws on theoretical perspectives and is enhanced byopportunities to put that theory into practice in a range of settings.

Guidance and Counselling is a subject that is only offered by a select group of universities at undergraduate level.  BA (Hons) Guidance and Counselling at Northumbria University meets the qualification requirements for the UK register of the Career Development Professionals of the Career Development Institute, which is the UK-wide professional body for career guidance. Work placements and study abroad options are available for a full year between your second and final years, with the additional option of a placement module during your second year.

Studying BA (Hons) Guidance and Counselling at Northumbria University will equip you with a variety of skills and knowledge needed to work within a broad range of helping professions. You will be encouraged to develop your critical faculties to be able to recognise the existence of inequalities and discriminatory practices encountered by people in everyday life and to consider strategies to influence and bring about change. You will engage with a range of learning experiences that include group work, case studies, problem-solving exercises,enquiry based, and experiential learning, as well as the more traditional lecture based approach. Application of theory into practice is a central theme of the course. For example, you will be encouraged to participate in our student peer mentoring programme with the opportunity to act as a mentor for other students.

This course is a valuable foundation for those who wish to use guidance and counselling strategies as part of a job role in working with young people and adults in health, education or community settings, or as the basis for further postgraduate research or professional training. BA Guidance and Counselling offers a challenging and innovative study experience which draws on theoretical perspectives and is enhanced byopportunities to put that theory into practice in a range of settings.

Guidance and Counselling is a subject that is only offered by a select group of universities at undergraduate level.  BA (Hons) Guidance and Counselling at Northumbria University meets the qualification requirements for the UK register of the Career Development Professionals of the Career Development Institute, which is the UK-wide professional body for career guidance. Work placements and study abroad options are available for a full year between your second and final years, with the additional option of a placement module during your second year.

Course Information

UCAS Code
B9L5

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location
Coach Lane Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Social Work, Education

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We will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, group work, case discussions, problem-based exercises and experiential learning. To facilitate the independent learning that needs to take place outside of formal contact sessions, there will be directed learning tasks during every module.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have a personal tutor with whom you can discuss academic or personal issues, and who will model good guidance practice.

A unique feature of the course is the involvement of students in the Peer Mentoring Project. In your first year you’ll be mentored by students from other years then, in turn, you’ll become a mentor in your second and final years.

Our assessment strategy is designed to support student-centred learning and you will take increasing responsibility for evaluating and improving your performance. The assessment process will encourage interaction and dialogue around learning and assessment (peer-student and teacher-student). 

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Our team of tutors have wide experience of working in guidance, counselling, education, health and social care settings.  The team includes renowned national and international consultants, authors of key publications which inform current guidance and counselling practice and multiple award winners for innovation in career guidance.

Our tutors have built up, over several years, an excellent network of organisations that offer work placements to students. You can choose to explore professional practice as a module in the second year. There are also opportunities to undertake a full year placement between the second and final years.

Our tutors have also developed strong links with European academic institutions. There are opportunities to study counselling at the Instituto Superior de Servico Social do Porto based in Portugal, and to study social policies in Sweden. There is also the option of a short course at Hochschule Osnabrueck in Germany.

 

Staff / Meet the Team

We are an enthusiastic, committed, knowledgeable and likeable staff team, who are here to motivate you and propel you through your degree and beyond.

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Technology Enhanced Learning is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. The teaching team uses interactive technologies to provide feedback, encourage you to explore questions, and identify areas for development.

To help you develop your skills in guidance and counselling, we record sessions so that you can review the interactions and reflect upon your progress with the support of tutors.

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At Northumbria your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist areas, which include the theory of career development, employability, effective group facilitation, advocacy, learning and decision-making, and youth workforce development. As part of the University’s strong research-rich ethos, you will also build up your own research skills as you formulate questions, critique different interpretations and develop well-founded arguments.

In your first year you will be introduced to enquiry-based learning, engaging critically with research in seminars and assessments. In your second year there is increased focus on starting to conduct your own research. In the final year you will undertake a research project that will be a test of academic maturity, academic rigour and intellectual ambition.

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The course’s credibility among potential employers is boosted by its accreditation by the Career Development Institute. This is the UK-wide professional body for everyone working in the fields of career education; career information, advice and guidance; career coaching, career consultancy and career management.

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on employability. You’ll develop important professional skills through group work, one-to-one work, interviews and presentations. In your second year there is a Career Development Project module. In the final year you’ll be encouraged to base your major research project around your career interests, and to engage with relevant professionals to develop a clear understanding of best practice.

Links with our Careers and Employment Service will begin from your first year. The Service promotes career development learning and offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice and networking opportunities. 

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

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The content of the course is relevant to all the ‘helping professions’ and you’ll have a great deal of flexibility when it comes to careers.

Further specialist training will be required for some careers, such as teaching, social work and nursing. For other roles you might go straight into employment and undertake on the job training.  Examples of roles include career guidance practitioner, drugs worker, training and development officer, learning mentor, behaviour specialist, progression coach, counselling and support manager.

If you decide to start your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university. 

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

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Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You will be introduced to the theory of Guidance and Counselling and begin to consider its history, social context and application in current practice. You will also be initiated into a process of personal skill development in both one to one interactions and group interventions; you will also have the opportunity to explore the Professional Contexts in Guidance and Counselling and be inducted into university study with modules on learning at university and an introduction to research.

Year 2

Year two Themes and processes begun in year one will develop in intensity and depth. Guidance and Counselling within specific modalities and a range of contexts are explored e.g. feminist and transcultural counselling, and mentoring; facilitation and leadership of groups is also a key element of the year. In addition you will continue to build your knowledge of research methods and have the opportunity to select an option.

Year 3

Year three You will explore a range of specific brief approaches to counselling and helping: including motivational interviewing, solution focused and narrative approaches. You will continue to interrogate the application of Guidance and Counselling with a range of clients

Who would this Course suit?

If you have a caring and supportive nature; if you’re interested in helping people to develop themselves and want to make a difference to peoples’ lives, then this is the course for you. It’s highly relevant to anyone who is thinking of joining a ‘helping profession’ such as nursing, teaching, social work, careers guidance and counselling. 

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Scottish Highers:

BBBC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 level 3 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit. Applicants without GCSE grade C or above in English Language, must ensure this is covered within the Access course.

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Additional:

    A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required.

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Throughout your studies you will be required to undertake a placement, depending on the location and duration of your placement you may incur additional costs for travel and accommodation. You may also choose to undertake additional placements. Again, depending on the location and duration of these, there may be additional costs associated with these.

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PP0425 -

Learning at University (Core, 20 Credits)

This module aims to provide formal academic induction across your whole first year of study, introducing you to the academic literacy practices required to perform successfully in higher education. The module will equip you to become effective, active, independent learners throughout the rest of your degree. It will enable you to recognise appropriate approaches to study in higher education and begin to develop the academic skills, qualities and competencies expected of students on the programme. The module has been designed to support you to recognise and debate key concepts of your degree by encouraging you to actively engage in discussion and debate to enable you to make-sense of the subject-curricula and discourse communities of the discipline area and to develop your own standpoint.
The module will illuminate how to use, at various points throughout the programme, the expertise and resources on offer in a range of formats via, for instance, the Northumbria Skills framework including Skills Plus.

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Developing Skills and Strategies for Helping (Core, 20 Credits)

This module enables you to develop guidance and counselling skills used in a range of ‘helping’ professions and to explore the nature and application of one to one and group interventions in a range of settings. Drawing upon counselling theory, you will consider the skills, strategies and models underpinning effective guidance and counselling. You will undertake a range of formative, skill based activities and a summative assignment which encourages you to reflect on your own experience and use of guidance and counselling skills.

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Counselling Perspectives (Core, 20 Credits)

This module has been designed to support you to recognise and debate key concepts of your degree by providing you with underpinning knowledge and understanding regarding the broad foundation of the history and practice of counselling. You will examine a range of counselling perspectives and evaluation issues in relation to counselling practice. Through a range of teaching and learning strategies you will be encouraged to explain and distinguish between the various theoretical bases of counselling and identify their key features. The module aims to orientate you to the breadth of the discipline as well as the language and key terms used in the literature.

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Introduction to Academic Research (Core, 20 Credits)

This module provides you with an introduction to academic research within health and social sciences disciplines. In an increasingly information-rich society, knowledge and skills in research play an essential role in enabling society to anticipate, and respond to, unexpected challenges and change. Therefore, understanding and using research are recognised as essential requirements for all professionals to inform service improvement. This module is designed to develop your understanding of the nature, purpose, principles, practical challenges and ethics of research by examining a broad range of research methodologies and methods. You will also learn essential concepts and languages in research.

The focus of the module is on specific and very important aspects of research for you:
• Understanding the role of research;
• Introduction to research methodologies and how these underpin different forms of knowledge;
• Introduction to research methods and their strengths and weaknesses;
• Reviewing and critiquing literature with methodological appropriateness and with particular reference to the application to practice;
• understanding the importance of the ethical issues in research;
• Application of knowledge to practice and putting research to use.

This module will support you to develop the research skills and knowledge necessary that are transferable across disciplines. This module will assist you in the conception, development, documentation, delivery and reporting of your independent research. The module is invaluable in providing you with a solid foundation from which to develop your independent research, including final year project.

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Professional Contexts in Guidance and Counselling (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module, you will explore some of the criteria that might be used to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of services in the field of guidance and counselling. You will learn about: major areas of policy and government strategy that determine the focus or development of services in different fields; codes of practice and quality standards governing the operation of guidance and counselling organisations and agencies; systems for performance management and customer feedback. You will be introduced to enquiry skills including, observation and narrative recording, to enable you to undertake a series of enquiry based visits. You will also explore issues of safeguarding and ethical practice in relation to delivery of services and to support your planning and delivery of these visits.

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The Social Self and Meaning Making (Core, 20 Credits)

Being an effective practitioner hinges on having a clear and detailed understanding of self. In this module you will explore different ways of thinking about what it means to ‘be’ or to ‘have’ a self. You will look at the ways in which the experience of the self is embedded in social relations. Taking as a starting point the proposition that being a self involves being uniquely situated within the context of contemporary social conditions, dealing with an incessant sense of becoming, and being an active participant in social change, you will learn about the relationships between individuals and the wider cultural and structural contexts they inhabit. You will explore the ways in which being a self involves not simply being a product of social life but being collaboratively involved in its continuous emergence. You will examine ways in which competing, conflicting and subversive narratives around gender, class, age, disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity, come to shape individuals’ perceptions of life and of their own roles in it. While the presence of structural and cultural influences are often obscured at the level of people’s everyday interactions with each other, it is within these that the self takes its shape and roles and identities are bestowed, learned, negotiated and resisted. When life is an ongoing, incessant process of meaning making, an insight into these relationships will enhance your understanding of why people think and feel about themselves as they do, and ground your developing Guidance and Counselling practice.

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Mentoring: Theory and Practice (Core, 20 Credits)

You will explore the theory and practice of mentoring, focusing on the use of both group and individual approaches in developing and enhancing the mentoring relationship. You will recognise the core guidance and counselling skills inherent in the mentoring role and apply them with 1st year undergraduates. You will undertake research into the effectiveness of mentoring across the life course and within educational, business and community settings.

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The Skilled Helper (Core, 20 Credits)

You will explore the theory and practice of a range of helping processes drawn from differing contexts and critical perspectives. Attention is given to individual approaches to helping and initiating change. This will include the exploration of counselling within specific contexts (e.g. Transcultural, feminist, online etc.) and representations of helping in the media. There will also be an opportunity to explore critical views of counselling paradigms that have been developed within the disabled people’s movement and other sociological perspectives.

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Career Development Project (Core, 20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity to explore potential career pathways and develop an understanding of professional roles by undertaking a career development project. Exploring entry routes and requirements of occupations through a range of sources, including direct contact with professionals, will further develop research skills as well as develop and utilise networks to help you to enhance your employability. You will conduct a study into a chosen professional area, reflect critically upon a range of academic and work related experiences and consider how these have informed your career identity and contributed to the development of graduate attributes and employability skills. You will complete an application and undertake a mock interview in which you will be supported to reflect upon and verbally articulate your graduate skills, attributes and values.

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Guidance and Counselling in Groups (Core, 20 Credits)

You will explore the theory and practice of group delivery within a Guidance and Counselling context, building upon experience gained within the ‘Developing Skills and Strategies for Helping’ module. Throughout the module you will be provided with knowledge and practical experience of working with groups, initially as a participant and later as a facilitator. You will study theoretical approaches to group work and group management, the latter including the skills of leadership and facilitation. You will gain practical experience of working in groups, beginning with low stakes activities to build your confidence. Ultimately you will be involved, with a small group of your peers, in the planning and delivery of a group work session. You will undertake personal research into the effectiveness of group delivery of guidance and counselling as the module proceeds.

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Research in Practice (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will help you to further develop knowledge from the module ‘introduction to academic research’ through development of a deeper understanding of the research process.
The overall module aim is to support you in developing your research skills and knowledge. You will also further develop your ability to analyse and critique research literature and to consider its application to practice. The module will provide you with a strong grounding in a range of research methods. It will also enable you to understand the philosophical and theoretical frameworks that underpin these methods and the research process as a whole. Undertaking this module will help you to prepare for your final year dissertation / project

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Exploring Professional Practice (Optional, 20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with opportunities to further develop knowledge and skills to enable transition from graduate level to the world of work. This module provides you the opportunity to develop your employability and understanding of contemporary professional practice by participating in a work related learning opportunity. Experiences will be provided to enhance your professional skills in a workplace setting by exploring the realities of day to day practice. Learning experiences will also be also provided to enable you to gain an appreciation of the contribution of the reflective process in developing your professional practice and an understanding of professional roles and responsibilities within a multi-agency context. This will give you the opportunity to explore possible areas of career interest and gain relevant experience.

As part of your placement preparation you will attend a short series of lectures and workshops in which you will be introduced to models of reflective practice and key concepts and issues relating to contemporary professional practice such as organisational culture, professionalism, professional boundaries, ethics/codes of conduct and multi agency/ integrated working. As the placement unfolds you will reflect on your experiences and progress towards agreed professional development targets via a placement diary. These reflections will then be shared in seminars and tutorials with peers and a tutor who will provide formative feedback that will enable you to enrich your understanding of professional practice in the workplace.

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Mending the Gap: Collaborative Learning with Service Users (Optional, 20 Credits)

Working collaboratively, you will begin to reflect upon the way that gaps in knowledge and experience between professionals and service users/clients have been used to explain and justify unequal power relations. You will explore the ways in which narratives and representations are formed and circulate in everyday life in order to create stereotyped expectations and assumptions about different groups within society, and begin to identify ways of overcoming these. You will critically reflect on your own value base in relation to participation and collaboration with people with whom you have until now perhaps had limited contact and upon the implications of this learning experience for your own future professional practice. You will learn about the importance of valuing the voices, experiences and perspectives of marginalised people in Guidance and Counselling practice and in the co-production and ongoing development of Integrated Health and Social Care services.

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Guidance and Counselling: Year Abroad (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year long module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year. It is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, or at an approved partner university elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host university, the student and the home university (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification however if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “BA (Hons) Guidance and Counselling (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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Guidance and Counselling: Work Placement (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a full year module available only on degree courses which include a work placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6 (the length of the placement will be determined by your programme but it can be no less than 30 weeks and no more than 52 weeks). You will undertake a guided work placement at a host organisation. This is a Pass/Fail module and an overall pass grade and so does not contribute to classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “BA (Hons) Guidance and Counselling (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by the placement provider, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

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Guidance and Counselling Project (Core, 40 Credits)

Building on research understanding and skills developed throughout your programme, this module will introduce you to key ideas, perspectives and activities in social research relevant to guidance and counselling. You will develop knowledge and understanding about what and how things can be ‘known’ (epistemology), ways of seeing the world (paradigms), approaches and traditions in research (methodology), collecting or generating data (methods) and analysing or interpreting findings (analysis). In addition, you will understand how to relate each of these elements into a coherent research project and will appreciate relevant ethical issues that apply to your research.

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Models of Career Guidance Practice (Core, 20 Credits)

This module explores theories of career choice and development and how these are used in career guidance practice with young people and adults. In this module you are encouraged to develop insight into a range of multi- disciplinary models of career choice and development and consider their relevance to current practice in the UK (both in schools and in in a range of settings for all ages). You will have the opportunity to further develop and apply important guidance and counselling skills in the context of careers work. You will undertake formative assessments which allow you to practice and further develop guidance skills. The summative assessment will involve planning and delivering a career guidance intervention, for example a career guidance interview or a group activity, and written commentary, drawing upon career development theory.

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Engaging with Older Clients (Core, 20 Credits)

Within this module you will develop the knowledge needed to support practice when working with older people. You will develop a critical understanding of key theoretical perspectives on ageing, with a focus on life course perspectives. You will also explore current, global, debates on ageing and develop the ability to apply underpinning knowledge to counselling practice when working with older people.
Within this module you will explore the realities of aging in society from the perspective of older people. As part of this module you will also explore a range of issues that may impact on older people and influence their engagement with guidance and counselling services.

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Brief Approaches to Counselling and Helping (Core, 20 Credits)

You will explore the theory and practice of a range of brief approaches drawn from differing theoretical and critical perspectives. In this module you will develop knowledge and critical understanding of three types of brief counselling approaches as used in guidance and counselling settings: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Approaches and Motivational Interviewing. You will develop understanding of the theoretical background to the approaches and implications for practice. This may involve working in situations where you will think about issues that some people face, such as anxiety and depression, as well as behaviours which may prove problematic, such as substance misuse.

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Narrative Approaches to Counselling and Helping (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will develop knowledge and critical understanding of three types of narrative practice used in guidance and counselling: personal construct psychology, existential therapy and narrative therapy. You will develop understanding of the ways in which the lives of individuals, families and communities are shaped by the stories they tell about themselves, and of ways in which identities can be enriched and strengthened or hurt and diminished depending upon the sorts of stories that are told and who is recognised as having the right to tell stories. In exploring these three types of therapeutic intervention, you will gain insight into how different types of listening conversations can be used as opportunities to allow people to think about how damaging stories can be rejected, and different meanings and preferred storylines can lead to more positive, accepting outcomes. You will gain insight into the view that the person is never the problem, but that the problem is the problem: and find creative ways of working with people in to support them to think differently about problems. As well as learning about the theoretical bases of each of these approaches, you will participate in workshops and seminars where you will have the opportunity to begin to put them into practice. This may involve working in situations where you will consider ideas about subjects including loss, bereavement, death, modern power, or where you will learn about counselling individuals, couples, family groups and communities.

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