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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.

Research Degree Supervision

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

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Research Output 1997 2016

Open Access
Human Condition
World View
Qualitative Study

Key Concepts in Counselling and Psychotherapy: A critical A-Z Guide to theory

Smith, V., Collard, P., Nicolson, P. & Bayne, R., May 2012, 344 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

3 Citations (Scopus)
Clinical Psychology
occupational qualification
further education

Activities 2011 2016

  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 1 PhD Examination

External Examiner

Vicki Smith (Examiner)

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

It's the Relationship that Matters: A Qualitative Analysis of the Role of the Student/Tutor Relationship in Counselling Training in the UK

Victoria Smith (Speaker)
27 Jun 2011

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation