Year One Modules

Philosophical Worldviews, Religions and Belief Systems (Online)
Credit points:  15

his module will introduce the students to philosophical ideas that are relevant to their work in coaching, pastoral care and diversity. Student will be introduced to the way in which philosophical issues can be looked at from many different perspectives. They will be shown how to approach such issues with clarity and critical awareness.  Each week a different issue will be central to the online discussion and a number of different philosophical ideas will be brought in to illustrate how the issue can be looked at from a variety of angles and worked with in practice.  There will be some brief overview of religious worldviews, but the emphasis will be on sound philosophical practice. Students will learn to think clearly and critically about people’s beliefs, principles, actions and values and will be required to write an essay on a specific philosophical theme. 

Existential and Human Issues (Online)
Credit points:  15
  • Do people have a nature? What happens to it during crises or transitions, or when facing death?  What part do emotions play in resolving these crises?
  • Anxiety in depth
  • Sexuality: does sexual passion exist to provoke existential crises, or does it hold relationships together and so reduce crisis?
  • Where am I going in my life? Meaning
  • Life event theory and its link to crisis theory
  • Large brains and large social groups: do they determine what is human about human nature?
  • Intimate communication and bonding; anonymous communication and individuation
  • Intimacy
  • Loss
  • How and when we find out who we really are: if we really are anyone, or if we really ever know
Social, Cultural and Ethical Issues (Online)
Credit points:  15
  • Philosophical treatments of morality and ethics: universal or conventional? Cultural and social factors in ethics.
  • Key elements of professional ethics: consent and autonomy. Research ethics. Some great research scandals.
  • Confidentiality non-maleficence
  • Autonomy and power.  Capacity, and decision making. Advanced directives, powers of attorney
  • Neo-Aristotelian approaches. Care, beneficence, and non-maleficence. Risks of exploitation and the role of an ethics code in protecting children and vulnerable adults. Parens patriae and safeguarding, Independent safeguarding agency.
  • Social and political approaches.  Principles of justice and human rights.
  • Society and culture.  Emic and etic approaches.  Big group and small group sociology.
  • Are there cultural and social universals, and therefore the possibility of a transcultural psychotherapy.
  • Theorizing and practising between cultures.  Hegemony. Cultural competence
  • Social institutions.  How to embed ethical awareness and cultural competence in professional practice.
Skills in Existential Coaching (3 Terms of Intensive Face-to-Face Classroom Tuition)
Credit points:  15

The module is run over 3 terms, lasting for one full academic year. This will include empathic listening, responding, identifying issues, values and beliefs, working with silence, reflecting back, paraphrasing, summarising, clarifying, and challenging. Some theoretical learning is included to ground your practitioner skills, examining different existential and humanist theoretical frameworks and key philosophers.

Students will have the opportunity to give and receive feedback from both their fellow students and the tutors. These skills will be reviewed each term, with different emphasis, affording trainees the means to develop their proficiency.

Students will be asked to work with their own material in the course of these exercises, and the depth and nature of these disclosures will be the responsibility of each individual.  Issues of confidentiality will be clarified at the initial class meeting.

Term 1 will give an overview of interpersonal and therapeutic skills designed to teach the basics of working in a helping role. Skills such as active listening, working with unease, silence, understanding values, boundaries and confidentiality.

Term 2 will cover existential and humanist paradigms, including phenomenology, the four worlds model, van Deurzen's emotional compass, dreams and narratives, existentiall givens, humanistic psychology and identity.

Term 3 will outline traditional coaching frameworks, essential skills and tools for existential coaching, and skills from other popular coaching traditions such as NLP.