The programme will enable you to develop the following skills:
Academic skills, including:
Enhanced skills in literacy, writing and communication, including oral communication skills, the ability to develop and present sustained and persuasive reasoned arguments (both written and oral), presentation skills, note taking and report writing.
The ability to observe, listen and interact effectively with others, particularly in a group setting. The ability to work with, and in relation to, others from diverse backgrounds.
Planning, organistaion, time management skills, including the ability to work on your own initiative and meet deadlines thus evidencing personal effectiveness
Research skills including information gathering and retrieval and the ability to synthesise information froma variety of primary and secondary sources
The ability to plan, design, manage and complete an independent project
Analytical thinking, critical reasoning and problem solving including the ability to be open-minded and form independent judgements
An awareness of social, political and cultural processes and an awareness of social and cultural difference
An understanding of professional therapeutic culture and practices
'Soft' transferable skills, including the ability to reflect on your own intellectual development, imagination, creativity, the willingness to take risks, and – where necessary – the ability to engage in constructive, informed and critical challenges to orthodoxy and the ability to think ‘outside the box’
As a department, STaCS has very strong links with therapeutic and community organisations. Students on the BA Psychosocial Studies have an opportunity to gain practical experience in a placement as part of the Field work Practice optional module in Year 3. This experience introduces students to the varied range of organisations, agencies and services relevant to counselling and therapies, allowing students to learn about counselling and therapies practices in the wider community through personal engagement. Students also learn about working within an organisation and will engage in issues of ethical conduct and confidentiality while developing their ability to work as part of a team.
This programme will equip you with the broad range of complex skills and attributes increasingly required by employers, irrespective of whether you decide to proceed to a clinical training in some area of psychotherapy and counselling (e.g., Art Psychotherapy).
Students graduating from the programme move on to a range of careers and employment areas including the public and voluntary/third sector in the areas of mental health, social care and education. Many of our graduates do continue to postgraduate degrees in therapies, counselling and education (PGCE), however our graduates could also pursue careers in other caring professions such as social work. In addition, the literacy, numeracy, communication and practical skills acquired by Psychosocial Studies students are very marketable in other employment fields such as human resources/personnel management. You can find out more about the career paths open to you after graduating on our Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies careers page.
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