Faculty of EducationComenius University in Bratislava

Information for prospective students

Information for prospective students

The Therapeutic Education Study Programme (1st level higher education – undergraduate level) by its structure and contents fulfils the description of the field of study Therapeutic Education No. 1.1.7  so that the graduate profile is in accordance with the profile of graduates of this field of study.


The philosophy of the study programme is designed so that the students will acquire theoretical knowledge and competencies:


- knowledge of biological, psychological and social patterns of human development and behaviour from prenatal to old age;


- knowledge of social (social, cultural, economic, legal and philosophical) circumstances, problems and conflicts in relation to education and care of disadvantaged people, with the emphasis on the processes of integration and inclusion;


- knowledge of the causes developmental and health disorders, understanding the context and being able to intervene supportively;


- knowledge of the resources and forms of help, the ability to provide counselling information, knowledge of the competencies of related fields;


- understanding and within the therapeutic-educational intervention taking into account the diagnosis and intervention measures of other experts; elaborating problem anamnesis, gaining orientation in the educational situation of the client, updating the corrective measures and monitoring their effectiveness; planning and implementation of therapeutic-educational intervention through therapeutic-educational exercises / programmes; instructing participants included in care about the current educational measures in educational and social environment of the client; using techniques, materials and procedures to meet therapeutic-educational objectives;

- applying team and interdisciplinary approach in solving problems of clients; - monitoring and evaluating one’s own behaviour, taking care of mental hygiene; - objectifying, systematising and publishing gained experience and knowledge; - having foreign language skills and using professional terminology.

The content of the curriculum

Compulsory courses of the bachelor degree study programme reflect to the main themes of the core of the knowledge base of the study-field defined by its description while meeting the current needs of the practice. Compulsory courses as a part of the core of the recommended curriculum are designed in such a way that the students will acquire knowledge of the basics of education (Essentials of Education, Pedagogy), psychology (Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology), professional courses (Therapeutic Education 1 – 4, Introduction to Family Education, Family Therapy and Counselling), and the basics of research methodology with links to academic writing in the context of writing a bachelor thesis. Each student will attend an introduction to therapeutic concepts of help (Art Therapy 1, Occupational Therapy 1, Music Therapy 1, Psychomotor Therapy 1, Bibliotherapy 1, Dramatherapy 1). Mandatory courses also include attending Psychosocial Trainings 1 – 3 focused on supporting personal and professional prerequisites for holding a position of a therapeutic educator. Students will participate in Practice in Therapeutic Education 1 – 3 that takes place in the field (starting form observations, through regular visits, ending with continual internship). The wider base of therapeutic education consists of courses of therapeutic concepts (2 and 3) that extend the basic knowledge gained in the core subjects of the study plan.


Elective courses include courses that expand the study for application in the practice of therapeutic education. Primarily, these are the concepts of human (anthropological holistic approach, values, orientation towards meaning, recognizable reality), from medical fields (Developmental Biology, Clinical Therapeutic Education 1, 2), in terms of perception, learning, performance or communication disorders. Moreover, supplementary knowledge in education (inclusive education, special education and other specific fields of special education in connection with caring for people with speech, mental, visual, physical impairment and multiple disadvantages. The bachelor study programme of therapeutic education is aimed to train professionals to use scientific knowledge skilfully in ensuring educational and socio-political goals in education, rehabilitation and inclusion of individuals in difficult life situations.


Profile of the graduate

 

A graduate of Therapeutic Education, of the 1st level of higher education, is prepared to perform professional activities of therapeutic education in the area of education, social affairs, health care and third sector, within: programmes for the prevention of disorder occurrence, the prevention of possible impairments of psychosocial health, as well as, the prevention of secondary disorders and complications in high-risk individuals (community rehabilitation), screening and orientation in the current situation of the client (usually educational, but also health, social, or psychological situation), and identification of the sources of coping of the client; assistance in therapeutic-educational exercises and programmes and within the framework of inclusion and supportive measures to improve the conditions of development and quality of life of a person in a difficult situation; consulting-counselling intervention towards the environment of the client in order to improve the living conditions and development factors; and research activities. Therapeutic educator (Bc.) possesses the core competencies of a therapeutic educator; has professional and personal prerequisites for providing services in the process of inclusion within developing and corrective exercises, in creative, supportive, re-educative and psycho-rehabilitative forms of therapeutic-educational work.