This module is concerned with introducing a range of concepts which underpin professional practice in career guidance and development. Understanding how to apply these in practice leads to a more effective, reflective practitioner. This is what makes this module the core module in both the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma programmes. Units cover professionalism and evaluating professional practice from both a theoretical and practical context, for example by undertaking periods of practice-based learning and by engaging in a dialogue with fellow professionals. Linked also are the principles that underpin ethical practice, such as being person-centred, offering confidentiality, impartiality and promoting equality of opportunity. The module also explores how attitudes, values and beliefs can affect ethical practice and evaluates the major provisions of equal opportunities legislation, including a critical analysis of the application of legislation to the policy and practice of guidance providers. The module includes opportunities to evaluate sources of evidence and feedback which validate, monitor and develop the student’s personal performance and expertise. Linked to this will be how to recognise the boundaries and limits of professional expertise. Contact time (face to face and via the VLE) focuses on active exploration of professionalism and the student’s relationship with the concepts which underpin this.
- Key content, scope, topics • Engagement in dialogue with fellow professionals about what they do and why and sources of feedback which validate, monitor and develop personal performance and expertise • Importance of personal reflection and attitudes to professional practice • Person-centred approaches, confidentiality and it’s limitations, impartiality and promotion of equal opportunities • Attitudes and values and their effect on professional practice • Major provisions of equality legislation and critical evaluation of the application of this legislation • Make effective use of supervision and support at university and in the work place • Keeping a learning diary