Fear and sadness are the most common problems that people seek counselling for. The OU module ‘D240 Counselling: Exploring Fear and Sadness’ introduces you to the ways in which they have been understood: as ‘mental health problems’; by different forms of individual therapy; and by approaches that focus on the family, the social group, or society. While the module is primarily academic, you’ll develop awareness of counselling skills, processes and techniques. The main sections of the module cover: historical developments in understanding fear and sadness; key individual counselling approaches; approaches that consider relationships and cultural aspects of human suffering; and the practice and evaluation of counselling.
This is a blog post from Dr Meg-John Barker reflecting what we can all learn from ‘D240 – Counselling: Exploring Fear and Sadness’ about our mental health and how to deal with emotional struggles.