Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Youth Work Core Skills 2

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION The theory and practice of helping will be the main focus. Emphasis will be placed on personal learning through experiential methods.

The following topics will be explored:

• What is helping?
• Exploring the personal qualities of a helper
• Listening
• Attending
• Listening to key experiences, behaviours and emotions
• Communicating understanding - empathy
• Probing
• Advanced accurate empathy
• Confrontation
• Immediacy and the helping relationship

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to provide course participants with a basic repertoire of helping skills. It aims to foster a non judgemental attitude, fine tune listening skills and develop action-oriented helping strategies among course participants. It also aims to present a theoretical perspective on helping based on Karl Rogers' non directive approach. The theoretical learning is however secondary to the development of practical skills.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. develop an understanding of the helping relationship,
b. develop an understanding of the stages of the helping process,
c. have a working knowledge of Rogers' model of person-centred intervention,
d. understand what impedes the development of a helping relationship,
e. know what can be done to avoid such impediments.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. listen effectively to young people who seek their assistance,
b. attend both verbally and non-verbally,
c. listen to key experiences, behaviours and emotions,
d. communicate understanding in an empathic manner,
e. probe effectively but not intrusively,
f. engage in advanced accurate empathy,
g. confront sensitively,
h. be Immediate with young people.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Egan, G. (2000) The Skilled Helper California: Brooks Cole

Hill, C (1999) Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight, and Action APA

Nelson Jones, R (1996) Practical Counselling and Helping Skills (Paperback) NY Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.


ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is only offered to BA(Hons) in Youth and Community Studies students.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Group Teaching

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%
Case Study (Take Home) SEM2 Yes 50%


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