PP5001 - Creative Helping Practices

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn to identify, engage and apply a range of creative helping practices in the context of their programme of study. Students will be encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of alternatives to traditional interventions to allow for work with diverse communities and clients. You will explore the practicalities associated with engaging with alternative approaches, including the realities of accessing creative helping practices, developing engagement with clients, and understanding how these can support wellbeing across the life course. You will be introduced to a range of methods and supported to explore how these can be engaged with in practice.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be taught via a combination of practical sessions, taught lectures and group seminars. You will be expected to engage with directed independent study tasks, as well as working in informal groups to present your ideas. Teaching and learning strategies for this module will include lectures and seminars to outline the main concepts, trends, and theories. Facilitated group discussions will be integral to the module where you will explore key concepts in more depth and draw out individual and collective analysis.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lecturers will facilitate seminar groups to support academic development. You will have access to Lecturers at specifically designated times via online forums; email; group tutorials and one to one meeting. Formative feedback on the module will include ‘feed-forward’ in preparation for assignments, and ‘feedback’ to identify aspects of students’ strengths and aspects which require development. Contact details for all tutors for this module are available in the module handbook and via the eLP. Guidance tutors will also meet with you regularly to provide both academic and pastoral support.

Formative Assessment (Group presentation)

Summative Assessment (Critical Evaluation 3000 words)

Students will choose a key session topic for their presentation (see below) (in groups of two or three). They will then critically explore the topic of their choice with reference to the following knowledge domains:

a) Ethics
b) Theory
c) Research
d) Practice

Core Topics:
Meaning making as practice
Digital storytelling
Arts and helping
Nature and wellbeing
Music for wellbeing
Holistic therapies

The formative presentation will act as the foundation for the summative assessment (3000 word critical evaluation) of their chosen topic in relation to the above four knowledge domains. The assessment will include an exploration of a) ethical challenges for end users and professionals b) relevant theories and their relationship to the topic of creative helping therapies (eg. how do power differences affect communication between end users and professionals) c) what does the research evidence conclude about creative therapies and practices, and d) what are the challenges of using creative therapies in practice for end users and professionals (what are the policy implications)?

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. You will demonstrate understanding of creative helping practices in diverse contexts.

2. You will demonstrate knowledge of how professionals deliver creative helping therapies in different service settings, and the experiences of end users.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. You will develop critical analysis skills to assess and evaluate the impact of practical helping skills on end users and professionals.

4. You will acquire a range of analytical skills on the challenges of innovative creative therapies and their differences with traditional and mainstream interventions in health and social care.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. You will acquire an appreciation of ethical challenges to users who undertake creative helping therapies and professionals.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:

A group presentation of a Practical Helping Therapy (from a choice of several therapies).

Summative assessment:

3000 word Critical Evaluation on a chosen topic covered in the module relating to Creative Helping Therapies.

(MO 1,2,3,4,5)





Module abstract

This module invites you to consider a range of helping practices that encourage creative work with clients across traditional and non-traditional settings. The module is enriched by experiential learning by engaging with the theoretical knowledge and practical activities suited to these unique helping practices. The module encourages you to consider innovative and contemporary means of working with clients and to reflect on how these practices can be engaged with in your future employment. You will learn about the importance of working collaboratively with clients and other professionals both within and external to your own discipline. You will critically reflect on how contemporary practices value the voices of different client groups and how this offers opportunity to develop creative and collaborative working within this discipline.

Course info

UCAS Code B9L5

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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