Helping and Counselling Skills in the Human Services

Course code SPSW3401
Not available in 2016


Adopts a postmodern, narrative, social constructionist approach offering ideas and techniques where students develop an understanding of how the welfare state constructs people's realities. Its focus will primarily be the development of skills in narrative therapy in addition to the specific development of anti-oppressive principles of welfare practice.


Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge of the ways of writing within Narrative Therapy

2. Familiarization and be able to compare other traditional approaches to therapy

3. Application of narrative techniques with radical/structural approaches of therapy


The course covers a wide range of narrative practices including externalisation, re-membering, therapeutic letter writing, the use of rituals. It also offers a progressive critique of narrative practice and outlines a more radical counter-hegemonic practice.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay 1

Essay: Essay 2

Presentation: Core presentation and write up

Contact Hours


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term