Psychological Therapies and Mental Health
The Psychological Therapies & Mental Health Subject Group comprises team members who are highly experienced educators, practitioners and researchers specialising in a range of areas related to mental health and psychological therapies. Team members come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including counselling and psychotherapy, occupational therapy, mental health nursing, and psychology. The team teaches on British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy-accredited undergraduate and postgraduate professional training courses, as well as providing education in therapeutic skills and counselling, mental health practice, and coaching.
We provide counselling, psychotherapy and mental health education and training for those interested in a career in the counselling and psychotherapy field or in other types of mental health-related work. We also offer training for more experienced practitioners looking to develop their specialist skillset and consolidate their previous training.
Several of our courses are accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the University is a recognised BACP training centre. All courses are delivered by experienced researchers and practitioners who are members of professional bodies such as the BACP, UK Council for Psychotherapy, and the British Psychological Society. Our staff have worked in Higher and Further Education, the National Health Service, the voluntary sector, and in private practice and all are actively involved in clinical practice or research. We are at the cutting-edge of developments in practice, research and education in the field of psychological therapies and mental health and all courses are informed by contemporary research and practice in counselling & psychotherapy and mental health.
We offer study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and students can use bespoke, state-of-the-art audio-visual recording facilities to develop therapeutic, communication and interpersonal skills alongside the supervision and guidance from expert tutors. Students have the opportunity to gain practical experience; for example, students on the BACP-accredited courses spend considerable periods of time working on a placement to hone their skills and apply their knowledge. The University’s Placement and Employment Unit is a vital resource to enable students to find out about available counselling and psychotherapy placements and to capitalise on these experience-rich opportunities.
Recent research, development and scholarly work carried out by the team includes studies of addiction; use of self in therapy; arts and creativity in mental health; spirituality and well-being; self-care; love; anti-oppressive practice; the therapeutic relationship, and a range of other areas related to psychological therapies and mental health. The team has been involved in publishing books that are at the forefront of counselling and psychotherapeutic practice, including titles such as “The Therapeutic Relationship Handbook: Theory and Practice” (2014) , “Love and Therapy: In Relationship” (2015), “Working with Dual Diagnosis: A Psychosocial Perspective” (2015), and “The Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy Handbook” (2016).
Feedback from a recent Therapeutic Counselling student: ‘Since qualifying in 2015 I have been working in private practice and it continues to go very well. Last year I decided to tackle the accreditation process. Whilst I was going through the process I remembered being sat in lectures and talking about how the course would support our journey to accreditation. All the work we completed were structured around what is required later for accreditation, as you said it was.’