PP0426 - Developing Skills and Strategies for Helping

What will I learn on this module?

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.

How will I learn on this module?

You will attend a series of lectures and seminars to explore the nature of guidance and counselling in different contexts. You will experience a range of learning and teaching strategies, including group activities and experiential learning in the form of practical skills work.
You will be encouraged to be proactive in contributing to an effective learning environment and to undertake peer feedback as part of the formative assessments. Much of the learning on this module will be experiential and you will be supported to reflect upon and develop your own guidance and counselling skills in a supportive environment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Tutors will support your learning in a variety of ways. They will provide a programme of lectures which relate to the learning outcomes for the module. Seminars will provide a supportive environment in which you can discuss and share your ideas. Tutors will provide reading materials, examples, and activities for seminars to support the development of your understanding and you will also be provided with an electronic reading list which will include essential and recommended reading for the module and its assessment. Contact details for all tutors for this module are available in the module handbook and via the eLP and where appropriate and with your agreement, answers to your queries that would be beneficial to the whole group will be posted on the eLP discussion board so all may benefit.

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?

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Consider how key theoretical models and approaches to guidance and counselling are applied in practice.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Reflect on the use and experience of guidance and counselling skills in a range of contexts.
3. Reflect upon the application of your own guidance and counselling skills in a one to one intervention.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical principles underpinning effective guidance and counselling practice.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment (2000 words)
Conduct an introductory interview with a fellow student. Written evaluation of the interview reflecting on the theoretical approaches, skills and strategies applied during the interview. (LOs 1-4)

Formative Assessment:
Small group presentation to reflect on mentoring experience.
Ice breakers.
Reflection and peer feedback on one to one skills work.





Module abstract

This interactive module introduces you to the key concept of guidance and enables you to develop guidance and counselling skills and to explore the nature and application of one to one and group interventions in a range of contexts. Drawing upon counselling theory, you will consider the skills, strategies and models underpinning effective guidance and begin to develop essential guidance and counselling skills.

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 2023 or September 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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