PP0639 - Narrative Approaches to Counselling and Helping

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What will I learn on this module?

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.

How will I learn on this module?

Teaching and learning strategies for this module will include lectures and seminars in which the main concepts and ideas will be outlined. A key part of the module will involve facilitated group discussions where you will explore key concepts in more depth and draw out individual and collective analysis. Lectures will involve an emphasis on developing an understanding of the theory, while within seminars you will start to relate theory to practice. Engagement with directed independent study tasks will be required, as well as working in informal groups to present your ideas. Online forums and discussion groups will also provide opportunities to enhance your learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

As well as a series of formal lectures in which module content will be delivered, 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 meetings. Group tutorials will provide preparation for formative and summative assessment, and written and verbal feedback will be provided to identify aspects of your strengths and also aspects which require development. Contact details for all module tutors 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.

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 be able to critically discuss the principles of personal construct psychology, existential therapy and narrative therapy
2. You will have begun to apply the skills and understanding involved in personal construct psychology, existential therapy and narrative therapy in classroom exercises

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. You will be able to critically evaluate different theoretical perspectives on narratives and apply knowledge to counselling practice when working with individuals, couples, families and communities

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

4. You will develop the ability to critically reflect on personal constructs and narratives that have shaped your personal story and on the way your understanding can be used to support others
5. You will develop the ability to critically reflect on the impact of personal construct psychology, existential therapy and narrative therapy in work with individuals, couples, families and communities in different circumstances

How will I be assessed?

Formative

You will work in study groups to prepare a presentation in which you will consider how your understanding of personal construct psychology, existential therapy and narrative therapy can inform counselling practice when working with individuals, couples, families and communities


Summative Assessment is in two parts:

a) You will produce a reflective diary (video or written, 3000 words) reflecting on module content, reviewing academic literature, and exploring the ways key personal constructs and narratives have shaped your outlook on life; as well as what factors have caused these personal constructs and narratives to change and develop. (MLO 1,2)

and
b) You will produce a 1000 word summary
of your reflective diary, drawing on insights developed in this module
(MLO 3,4,5)

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

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 or diminished depending upon the sorts of stories that are told and who is recognised as having the right to tell stories. 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 alternatives can lead to more positive outcomes. As well as learning about the theory behind these approaches, you will participate in workshops and seminars where you will have the opportunity to begin to put them into practice.

What will I learn on this module?

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.

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 & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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