WM501: Working on the Margins

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About Course

The unit comprises two modules. During the first module you will explore the concepts of community and wellbeing. The second module will guide you through working with specific groups of people within our communities.

On successful completion you will be better equipped to know what work you can do as a life coach with people on the margins and what would be best done by another professional.

This unit comprises:

  • Where are the margins of our society?
  • Introduction to wellbeing and mental health
  • Working in the community
  • Understanding diversity and difference
  • Working with faith as human and social capital
  • Understanding offending
  • Working with addiction
  • Working with domestic abuse
  • Working with sexual offending
  • Knowing your boundaries


Assessment is through a 1,000-word assignment.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Understand the concepts and thresholds for working on the margins of society.
  • Demonstrate the necessary skills and understanding in practice.
  • Appreciate the subtle differences between risk informed practice and risk management.
  • Critically apply the concepts to your own coaching practice.

About the instructor

Dr Dave Wood
Providing innovative, high quality community life coach training and professional, social skills and wellbeing workshops at an affordable cost. Dave is a former Senior Probation Officer, now founder and director of Metanoeo CIC, Realign Coaching and Theolotweet Academy. He also lectures in Psychosocial Analysis and Community Wellbeing and is a community life coach and trainer. Dave holds a BA in Bible and Theology, BA(Hons) in Community Justice, MA in Criminal Justice and PhD in Theology. He is a member of the Association for Coaching, a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and also a community member of Forum Housing Association.

Course Curriculum

WM510: Unit Introduction
Introduction to the content, aims and assessment of the unit along with how to get the most from your studies.

  • Unit Handbook
  • Recommended Reading
  • WM511: Session Content – Unit introduction

WM520: Working in the Community
An introduction to working in the community and with a diverse range of people.

  • WM520: Session Content – Module introduction
  • WM521: Session Content – Introduction to wellbeing and mental health
  • WM521: Additional Resources – Introduction to wellbeing and mental health
  • WM521: Quiz – Introduction to wellbeing and mental health
  • WM522: Session Content – Working in the Community
  • WM522: Additional Resources – Working in the Community
  • WM522: Quiz – Working in the Community
  • WM523: Session Content – Understanding diversity and difference
  • WM523: Additional Resources – Understanding diversity and difference
  • WM523: Quiz – Understanding diversity and difference
  • WM524: Session Content: Working with faith as an example of human and social capital
  • WM524: Additional Resources – Working with faith as human and social capital
  • WM524: Quiz – Working with faith as human and social capital

WM530: Positive Approaches to Difficult Behaviours
Building your awareness around some of the more problematic behaviours you might find in the community.

  • WM530: Session Content – Module introduction
  • WM531: Session Content – Understanding Offending
  • WM531: Additional Resources – Understanding Offending
  • WM531: Quiz – Understanding Offending
  • WM532: Session Content – Working with Addiction
  • WM532: Additional Resources – Working with Addiction
  • WM532: Quiz – Working with Addiction
  • WM533: Session Content – Working with Domestic Abuse
  • WM533: Additional Resources – Working with Domestic Abuse
  • WM533: Quiz – Working with Domestic Abuse
  • WM534: Session Content – Working with Sexual Offenders
  • WM534: Additional Resources – Working with Sexual Offending
  • WM534: Quiz – Working with Sexual Offending

WM540: Unit Summary
Summary of the unit

  • DS441: Session Content – Unit Summary
  • Ongoing Development

One-to-One Tutorial
Details of how to book the one-to-one tutorial

  • One-to-One Tutorial

Unit Assessment
Details of the unit assessment

  • Unit Assessment
  • Essay Guidance