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    Practitioner Student Forum March 2012

    A day of activities was  organised by the staff and students on the Guidance and Counselling part route of the Society Joint Honours degree. The event, involving all 3 years of the undergraduate programme, occurs twice yearly. Active participation is always a key element of the day, as is the opportunity to engage in discussion and debate with Guidance & Counselling practitioners from the region. Participants are involved in a series of learning activities designed to develop their awareness of the applicability of research knowledge and skills, to practical applications.

    The day included a range of activities. Second and third year students participated in our innovative student mentoring programme, supporting first year students from across the degree programme. First year students gained invaluable 1:1 interviewing experience via the utilisation of the Coach Lane Campus CCTV facilities. Finally all three year groups and practitioners attended the student /practitioner forum.

    Since the forum began three years ago, the programme has been able to build and develop excellent links with a range of employers and agencies involved in guidance and counselling activities. Fifteen practitioners attended on this occasion, exploring with students the theme of ‘Engagement and Decision Making’. Peter Beven introduced the forum with reference to recent research findings, before students and practitioners moved to smaller groups to discuss engagement strategies for clients and service users. Some of our second and third year students undertook career decision making exercises with fellow students and practitioners, so developing their group work and facilitation skills.


    “It was a fantastic opportunity to meet and work with practitioners” was a representative  comment from the student feedback.