This is a foundational unit focused on developing an understanding of the theories, concepts, attitudes and practices of humanistic psychotherapy, with a particular focus on person-centred therapy and the work of its founder, Carl Rogers. It supports students in the development of therapeutic presence and foundational person-centred counselling skills. The skills and attitudes introduced in this unit are contextualised via exploration of recent research into the common factors of successful therapy, including the neuroscience of relationships. The material presented in class and via selected readings will be practically applied through in-class real plays practice.

Note: Must be taken in the first semester of the degree (part time students can take this unit first semester of their first or second year).