You will focus on the relationship between theoretical psychology and counselling and consider the practice of counselling psychology in the wider social, political, pluralistic, economic and international context. Importantly, you will consider the wider issues affecting the counsellor and the client, in particular focusing on their interpersonal relationship and the personal development needs of both. You will also consider positive aspects of human behaviour, so as well as considering what causes psychological distress, you will also consider what underpins optimal human functioning and how we can move towards living a happier lifestyle. Towards that endeavour we will also consider what lessons we can learn from non-western culture. You will be encouraged to develop an understanding of vulnerable people and disadvantaged groups through two professional work placements, usually in the help and caring industries. Assessment in your third year will draw on your placement experiences to tackle real world client issues through the use of a case study. On successful completion of the programme you will be qualified to apply for postgraduate training in Counselling Psychology or indeed in any other professional area of psychology.