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Unique new degree based around work by academic specialising in human services field

30 August 2017

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A unique new degree will be taught by and based on published works from a leading academic in the human services field.

The MSc Advanced Practice in the Human Services at Wrexham Glyndwr University, which launches this September, will be led by Dr Neil Thompson, an expert in human relations and wellbeing.

Dr Thompson has 39 educational books to his name, covering topics such as equality and diversity; stress; conflict management; mental health; loss, grief and trauma; leadership; and people management.

These will all be included in the Master’s degree, which is aimed at professionals in social work, youth and community work, social care, probation, counselling and related disciplines.

“Most university courses are based on research and work by a broad range of authors,” said Dr Thompson, who lectured at the university 20 years ago when it was known as NEWI.

“So I’m very grateful to the university for providing the opportunity for my work to be used as the main focus of the degree.

“Anyone who has qualified as a social worker or studied to become a professional in any of the human services has probably come across my work at some point.

Dr Thompson added: “As well as critically reflective practice, a large part of the course will look at issues of loss, grief and trauma.

“Having professionals within the public services who are able to understand and respond appropriately to this is more important now than it’s ever been.”

Born and raised in Wrexham, Dr Thompson started his career as a social worker and then as a  manager and training officer before moving into teaching at NEWI and other higher education institutions.

“Advanced Practice in the Human Services is all about helping employees and professionals to maximise their potential in whatever they do, not only increasing knowledge, but also opening new doors within their field and potentially career progression.”

The MSc Advanced Practice in the Human Services can be studied part-time over three years and is delivered fully online.

Applicants normally require a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree and must normally be professionally qualified in a relevant discipline.

Watch Dr Thompson speaking about the course or being interviewed about its philosophy and approach

Find out more about the MSc Advanced Practice in the Human Services