Evaluating pluralistic training: what makes a good counselling course?

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    Background/Rationale: Ensuring that courses are fit for purpose and that students are ready for work when they graduate is of prime importance to universities. Preparing for this is partly about listening and responding to the current student voice and within Abertay University every effort is made to communicate in an effective way with students so that they can get the most from, and enjoy the student experience. However another important voice is that of graduates who can reflect on their time at university and help evidence the on-going impact of study.
    In an effort to evaluate the counselling courses run at Abertay University a study was undertaken where students from previous postgraduate courses were surveyed. This study tracked student employment destinations and explored perceptions around employability and the wider benefits of studying the counselling curriculum.

    Method: Student registry information, from 2000 onwards, was collected. From this, 420 graduates were emailed and invited to complete a survey relating to the relevance and benefit of aspects of the post-graduate curriculum. Participant response rate was approximately 50%. Using the data gathered from analysis of the 192 responses, the link between course content and benefits to employability in the field and beyond was explored.

    Results: The results demonstrated the breadth and depth of employment undertaken following graduation. Just over 90% of respondents continued to use the skills and knowledge gained either by working as a counsellor or by using embedded counselling skills within their work. A high percentage of respondents (77.78%) believed that the course(s) studied enhanced employability with an even higher number (91.62%) feeling that studying counselling helped them in their working life in general. What was also evident was that graduates perceived that the course did more than help with employment as nearly 92% of respondents indicated that the skills and knowledge gained helped them in their day to day life.

    Conclusion: The results of this analysis demonstrated the on-going benefits of studying counselling both in relation to the personal and professional lives’ of graduates. The results will be discussed and explored in more depth within the presentation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2018
    Event1st International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy - Abertay University, Dundee, United Kingdom
    Duration: 17 Mar 201818 Mar 2018
    Conference number: 1st


    Conference1st International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
    Abbreviated titleICPC 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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