The Pioneer’s Exchange Visit with Leeds Becket University, UK

A teaching team from the Faculty of Psychological Therapies & Mental Health at Leeds Beckett University recently visited UP. They delivered professional counselling workshops, shared experiences with students and staff and provided consultation on the curriculum for Diploma In Health Counselling at UP.

In February 2020, our first graduate cohort of counselling students (our ‘Pioneers’) had the opportunity to enjoy an exchange visit. The UP team visited England for 10 days, 16th February to 26th February 2020. Leeds Beckett University have been a long-standing provider of professional undergraduate and post graduate education in counselling, psychological therapies and mental health for over 30 years.

The collaborative partnership between UP and Leeds Beckett is very supportive and provides our program at UP with consultation to ensure delivery of a program of international standards. Our Pioneers had a very rich and intense learning experience at Leeds Beckett. They also shared their own learning experiences, challenges and hope for the progression of counselling in Cambodia with the UK students. They joined lectures and counselling skills workshops to enhance their practice.

They were also taken on, and thoroughly enjoyed, a variety of educational cultural experiences. The exchange experience has been very fruitful for their personal and professional growth and this will have a positive ‘ripple’ effect through their lives and professional practice. The Pioneers summed up their wonderful experience by saying “the knowledge gained through the exchange visit was amazing and something we could not find in any textbook”.