Vicki Smith


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I have been in my present role-Senior Lecturer in Counselling Studies since 2007. Key achievements have been: leading in the development of a new Counselling Studies degree which recruited its first cohort in 2007; obtaining the Postgraduate Certificate in HE Practice and becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; undertaking a sabbatical which resulted in some published research focusing on the impact of the student/tutor working relationship in counselling training; beginning a PhD in 2012 (due to be completed in 2019) and presenting a number of conference papers and publishing a paper based on that research; curriculum development of a new Counselling Studies with Mentoring degree which commenced in 2016; working for CRUSE offering support to bereaved clients.

After a career break between 1997 and 1999 I worked in a number of roles including an adult guidance practitioner, a lecturer in occupational psychology, a lecturer on the diploma in careers guidance and a higher education careers adviser.

Between 1989 and 1997 I was employed as a Senior Lecturer in Careers Guidance at University of the South Bank, London. Key achievements were: completing my MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology; developing a Diploma in Guidance.

1987 saw me starting work as a Careers Adviser at the University of East London. Key achievements were: obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and developing a careers guidance curriculum 'package' for higher education students. I also worked as a counsellor with young people in the voluntary sector.  Prior to that I worked for two years as a Careers Adviser for Hampshire County Council having completed a Diploma in Careers Guidance in 1984.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Research Expertise and Interests

  • existential counselling
  • student/tutor alliance
  • psychotherapy
  • counselling relationship
  • existential therapy


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