Year Two Modules

Supervision of Practice (3 Terms, Online)
Credit points:  15

During the second year of the programme all students are required to be in a placement appropriate to the requirements of their course. Students will be given support in establishing their placements and rigorous assessment of their placements and professional performance will be carried out. Supervision will be provided by the New School, where supervision groups will have no more than six students and will be staffed by professionally registered and experienced clinical supervisors. Supervision at the New School will provide existential input to the student's practical work. The professional placement will enable students to develop their pastoral care skills in a variety of different settings, and for coaching students an opportunity to start up their own private practice.

Pastoral Care Settings, Celebrancy and Ceremonies (Face-to-Face)
Credit points:  15

The Module builds on the work carried out in the Year One module. All students will produce and deliver a ceremony for a naming, a wedding and a funeral. Students will learn about the process of preparing a ceremony and running and developing a celebrancy practice. Three 2000 word written assignments will be mandatory.

Ethical Dilemmas
Credit points:  15

This module will cover both philosophical and practical aspects of ethical practice, and teach students how to deal with the various ethical dilemmas that might be encountered in their professions. On a philosophical level, students will refresh their knowledge about different approaches to ethics (e.g. utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics) that have been taught in the social, culture and ethics module.  and will explore these using thought experiments to evaluate their own philosophical position and understand their ethical boundaries. The codes of ethics for relevant professional bodies will be presented and explored, with case studies to ground them in practice. Students will learn to think clearly and critically about ethical practice and decision making. A philosophical exploration of common themes within ethical dilemmas will underpin students’ learning.

Overview of Research Methods (Online or Face-to-Face)
Credit points:  15
  • Grouping, counting, and hypothesizing.  Individual versus group data.  Sources of error.
  • Statistics, distributions, the normal distribution, means and variance.
  • General principles of research design
  • Collecting and displaying data. Types of data e.g. continuous, dichotomous.  Parametric and non-parametric statistics.
  • Types of research: on populations.  Sampling and surveys. Confounding and selection bias.
  • Types of research: on individuals.  Selection, tests, interviews, questionnaires, self-ratings, observer ratings.
  • Questionnaire design.  Psychometric properties.  Consistency. Reliability.  Validity.
  • Planning and designing a study.  Power calculations.  Ethics. Randomizing, control, wait list designs.
  • Statistical significance.  Practical significance.  Replication and meta-analysis.  Specificity and sensitivity: receiver operating characteristics.
Research Supervision and Final Project 
Credit points:  60
Choosing an appropriate supervisor (with assistance from the programme leader or a tutor); arranging meetings as appropriate; devising methods of working together, for example by the exchange of drafts; setting and reviewing termly objectives; developing and refining a research question; drafting and redrafting a research proposal; drafting and redrafting a research ethics application, if required; choosing research participants; reviewing research methods if necessary; undertaking data analysis; critically assessing data analysis; preparing a literature review, methods, and results section of a dissertation; considering the significance of the findings with the supervisor; drafting and redrafting a project discussion; completing the written dissertation with an abstract, tables, etc.; checking that references are in the Harvard format and correcting any incomplete references; preparing a fair copy for submission.