Our modern world - with its 24/7 and ‘right now’ expectations - is increasingly putting pressure on people within their personal and professional lives, giving rise to a growing need for coping strategies, such as psychological and emotional resilience. As more and more people seek support from counsellors, coaches and mentors to help them achieve more fulfilling lives and combat the stresses of everyday life, the demand for appropriately trained professionals to support them is on the rise.
This new degree is designed to be a broad-based degree to equip you with theory, knowledge and employability skills that reflect the focus of contemporary national and international policies and practices in relation to counselling, coaching and mentoring.
We are committed to developing positive and professional client-practitioner relationships. We place significant emphasis on promoting a strengths-based, person-centred approach which recognises that to work effectively as a counsellor, coach or mentor requires a number of core interpersonal and professional skills: high level listening, excellent communication, good relationship building, team working, flexibility, adaptability, assertiveness, patience and a genuine interest in people and human behaviour.
You will be encouraged to take a critical perspective on various approaches and behaviour, helping to further develop your capability as a reflective practitioner by undertaking professional experience placements. We aim to provide a strong foundation for careers in educational institutions, voluntary sector human resources, health, recruitment and the workplace, as well as a route to more specialised postgraduate study, for example, in Psychology, Education, Counselling, Mental Health Nursing, Psychotherapy or Career Coaching.
You will be taught by a team of staff with expertise in counselling, coaching and mentoring with children, young people and adults, within educational, workplace and voluntary sector settings. The Faculty also employs a range of experts in the fields of counselling, psychology, educational research, careers and guidance, who will share their experiences during classes.