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Dr Geoff McNulty is a Senior Lecturer in Education (Guidance and Counselling) at the JCU Singapore Campus where he is Program Manager for the JCU Master of Guidance and Counselling Program. This postgraduate degree is an inclusive academic and professional Counsellor training, designed both for Education professionals and for those in related fields who wish to either pursue a career in Counselling or to develop highly effective interpersonal skills to further enrich their working roles and working practices. 

His primary area of research interest lies in qualitiative approaches to human inquiry. Taking a particular view of Counselling and Psychotherapy practice, that its essential purpose is to facilitate enhanced insight and learning regarding self and others in context, he takes this rationale into his scholarly learning and teaching role and into the strategies and methodologies employed.

He considers that active learning will involve anxiety and risk as a natural part of each person's learning and change journey generally. As such, concomitant teaching strategies that both recognise and utilize this emotional component of learning can be meaningful and effective. 

He also takes this view into the arena of Counselling and Counselling Skills training particularly, where his emphasis is on personal awareness development (emotional intelligence) being of equal  importance to conceptual or skills development. They sit in alliance. In short, his view is that Counselling training needs to be a holistic process primarily designed and experienced with the individual at centre and within the dynamic context of the wider learning group. 

It follows that he is interested in research methodologies that seek to track and record the moment to moment processes of the individual in dynamic relationship with their environment, their cultural context and others in that context.

He sees this research focus as being consistent with the working processes and practices involved in Counselling and Groupwork practice. Therefore he values the validity of practice based evidence, captured within certain qualititative research practices. For these reasons, he particularly appreciates autoethnographic approaches and indeed his Doctorate explored the theory and practice of autoethnography in depth.

To conclude, here are some thoughts on the intrinsic value of good counselling shared in the Straits Times in April 2016 and some further, job related thoughts, on the wider value of Counselling training generally.

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  • ED5853: Career and Leisure Guidance and Counselling (Level 5; SIN)
  • ED5855: Behaviour Management (Level 5; SIN)
  • ED5857: Assessment (Level 5; SIN)
  • ED5863: Foundations of Counselling Practice (Level 5; SIN)
  • ED5864: Advanced Counselling (Level 5; SIN)
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