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Unit information: Understanding and Using Counselling Skills in Education in 2015/16

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Unit name Understanding and Using Counselling Skills in Education
Unit code EDUCM0046
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mrs. Knowler
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

This unit will provide theoretical frameworks around which to develop counselling skills and practical experience in the context of Special and Inclusive Education. Students will be supported in developing basic active listening and problem-solving skills with tutor demonstrations and feedback on practice sessions.

This unit aims to help students to:

  • Develop understanding of the role of counselling in educational contexts, and of how counselling skills can be valuable in supporting students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in a range of educational contexts;
  • Critically assess the ethical issues around the use of counselling in educational settings;
  • Develop a framework to assess the suitability of counselling methods in the particular context;
  • Develop basic counselling skills intrinsic to the effective support of their pupils and students’ academic, social and emotional learning;

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit students demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the ways in which the use of counselling skills can be valuable in supporting students with Special Needs and Disabilities in a range of educational contexts and in their academic, emotional and social learning with a frame work from which to assess their suitability;
  • Experience of a range of counselling skills such as active listening and making interventions appropriate to the context in order to create the optimal relationship for problem-solving;
  • Knowledge of qualities that are considered essential to a supportive professional using counselling skills in education contexts;
  • The ability to critically identify the ethical limits of the use of counselling skills in educational contexts;
  • Basic competence as a professional using counselling skills in practice sessions

Teaching details

A variety of approaches to learning and teaching will be used including: tutor input, small group discussion, experiential work, case studies, student led seminars and presentations, the use of audiovisual materials

Contact Hours

20 hours

Assessment Details

Summative assessment:

Students will be assessed by means of a videotape demonstrating their ability to use and critique a range of identified counselling skills. The videotape (equivalent to 1500 words) will be accompanied by a critical commentary of 2,500 words.

Reading and References

  • Aldridge, S. & Rigby, S. (eds.) (2001) Counselling Skills in Context. London, Hodder & Stoughton
  • Bell, E. (1996) Counselling in Further and Higher Education. Buckingham, Open University Press
  • Culley, S. & Bond, T. (2011) Integrative Counselling Skills in Action. (3rd ed.) London, Sage
  • Lynch, G. (2002) Pastoral Care and Counselling. London, Sage
  • McLeod, J. (2009) The Counsellors' Workbook: Developing a Personal Approach. (2nd ed.) Buckingham, Open University Press
  • McLeod, J. (2013) An Introduction to Counselling. (5th ed.) Buckingham, Open University Press

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