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Exploring mental health and counselling

Posted 26 days ago by The Open University
Location United Kingdom Job Type Temporary
Salary Sector Counselling, Educational, Psychotherapy, Teachers and Researchers

Exploring mental health and counselling - D241 

Presentation pattern: October to June 

Module description 

This 30-week long module focuses on counselling theory and practise with a critical approach to situate and (de)construct mental health/illness. 

The main sections in the module cover: mental health: the emergence of the talking cure, presenting problems (sadness and worry, trauma and crisis, relationships and intimacy, formulation), models of working (psychodynamic, humanistic, CBT, integrative/pluralistic), counselling in practice (therapeutic relationship, beyond the individual, technology based counselling, ethics and professional issues), contemporary issues: mental health and society (politics of research and evidence, mental disorder and criminal justice, living in a therapeutic culture). 

Person specification

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 degree in psychology, counselling or another relevant discipline
  • a good knowledge of counselling theory and counselling practice and understanding of mental health
  • relevant experience of counselling practice and/or therapeutic oriented work in mental health 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) and the ability to navigate online resources and use them in teaching and, at least one of the following: 
  • a postgraduate qualification in psychology with substantial counselling and/or mental health component 
  • a postgraduate qualification/Diploma in counselling/psychotherapy 
  • Professional Registration or Accreditation in Counselling or Mental Health (e.g. BACP UKCP, HCPC). It would be an advantage to have: 
  • experience of teaching counselling and/or mental health at (undergraduate) university level. 

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: 4 

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.

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