Exploring mental health and counselling, Short Course | Part time online | The Open University UK | United Kingdom
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Exploring mental health and counselling

8 months
3736 GBP/full
3736 GBP/full
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This Exploring mental health and counselling module from The Open University UK locates counselling within the broader field of mental health and provides a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the often controversial debates around mental health/illness and the main theories and practices in counselling. 


The Exploring mental health and counselling module from The Open University UK will critically examine the definitions and understandings of mental health issues and the ways they are treated in the related fields of practice, especially in counselling and psychotherapy. 

You'll be presented with recent theoretical debates and contemporary international research to inform and help you develop a critical understanding of the themes and issues related to mental health and counselling.

What's included

Module textbook, and the module website which will include audio-visual material and the online study guide. The module textbook is available in hard copy and also electronically through VitalSource. To view the ebook you will need to download the free VitalSource Bookshelf desktop app.

Programme Structure


  • Block 1: Understanding mental health
  • Block 2: Presenting problems
  • Block 3: Models of working
  • Block 4: Counselling in practice:
  • Block 5: Contemporary issues: mental health and society

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 8 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This is an OU level 2 module. Prior to studying this module you should have obtained the necessary study skills to study at OU level 2, for example by completing relevant OU level 1 study, but you are not expected to have any special knowledge of psychology or counselling and mental health.
  • Due to some aspects of the module content and activities, entry is only open to students over the age of 18 at module start date.
  • Please note, this module gives underpinning knowledge on counselling and mental health but does not qualify you to work as a counsellor.
  • Although we support students in the learning of this subject, please note that your tutor is not there to help with your own life or personal difficulties. This is not a function that this module can fulfil.

Tuition Fee

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    3736 GBP/full
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  • National

    3736 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 3736 GBP for the full programme during 8 months.


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