Counselling and forensic psychology: investigating crime and therapy DD310
Presentation pattern October to June
Counselling and forensic psychology: investigating crime and therapy draws on recent theoretical debates and research to critically explore the fascinating relationship between counselling and forensic psychology.
Students will learn about media representations of crime and therapy and the role of sociocultural issues in both forensic and therapeutic work. They will be introduced to the most common and effective therapeutic approaches for working with offenders/victims of crime, and explore therapeutic and forensic aspects around sex and sexuality.
Students will develop an understanding of the dichotomies and emerging themes in this area and the challenges of providing therapy in a forensic setting.
The person specification for this module should be read in conjunction with the generic person specification for an associate lecturer at The Open University. As well as meeting all the requirements set out in the generic person specification, you should have:
- a good undergraduate degree in psychology/forensic psychology or in a cognate area.
- A good knowledge of counselling theory and counselling practice and some understanding of therapeutic work in forensic settings.
- experience of teaching, ideally through distance learning, and familiarity with teaching using a virtual learning environment (VLE) and online tutorials or forums.
- experience of using IT systems as assignments will be submitted, marked and returned electronically. It would be an advantage to have:
- a postgraduate qualification/Diploma in counselling/psychotherapy.
- BACP and/or UKCP registration.
- experience of teaching counselling and/or forensic psychology at (undergraduate) university level. · the ability to navigate relevant online resources and databases and use them in teaching.
- a demonstrable interest in the relationship between counselling and forensic settings.
- a postgraduate qualification in psychology/forensic psychology with a substantial counselling and/or forensic component..
Module related details - a full explanation can be found on the website
Credits awarded to the student for the successful completion of a module: 60
Number of assignments submitted by the student: 7
Method of submission for assignments: 2
Level of ICT requirements: 2
Number of students likely to be in a standard group: 20
Salary band: 7
Estimated number of hours per teaching week: 6
As an associate lecturer, you should have
- a degree or equivalent, or a professional or vocational qualification in the subject area you wish to teach
- an appreciation of how adults learn and an appreciation of study skills
- the ability and willingness to promote the learning of adults through correspondence tuition, telephone and face-to-face tuition and, where appropriate, online tuition
- the ability to use information and communication technology in teaching and supporting students and communicating with other areas of the OU
- the ability to work with students from diverse educational, cultural and work backgrounds
- the ability to work with students with disabilities
- a commitment to student-centred learning
- an understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities policies and practices
- an organised and systematic approach to work
- the potential to work successfully in a team and the potential to work independently
- good written and oral communication skills
- a commitment to personal staff development
- availability and accessibility to students
- ability to travel to designated tutorial centres.
All teaching is in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate to meet the requirements of the role.