WM501: Working on the Margins

About Course

This unit will provide you with the opportunity to develop an introductory understanding of working with the people who may be on the fringes of our society or feel a sense of exclusion from our communities.


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.

What Will I 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.

Topics for this course

26 Lessons25h

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 introduction00:07:00

WM520: Working in the Community?

An introduction to working in the community and with a diverse range of people.

WM530: Positive Approaches to Difficult Behaviours?

Building your awareness around some of the more problematic behaviours you might find in the community.

WM540: Unit Summary?

Summary of the unit

One-to-One Tutorial?

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

Unit Assessment?

Details of the unit assessment

About the instructor

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.
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5 Courses

17 students


Material Includes

  • Pre-recorded session content
  • Unit handbook
  • Module manuals
  • Links to additional resources (including YouTube videos, articles, websites, suggested books etc)
  • Session quizzes
  • End of unit assessment
  • Live one-to-one tutorial


  • It is advised that you will have completed units PC101: Peer Coaching and LC201: Life Coaching before you undertake this unit.

Target Audience

  • People who are looking to work with the marginalised and disadvantaged in our communities.