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Are you considering a career in counselling? If you are passionate about helping people and want to make a positive difference in the lives of others, this is the course for you. Read more
Are you considering a career in counselling? If you are passionate about helping people and want to make a positive difference in the lives of others, this is the course for you.

The Master of Counselling at Monash provides a professional qualification and offers a combination of theory and professional experience, providing you with the knowledge and skills to begin a rewarding career as a counsellor.

The course is suited to people from a variety of professions, such as human resources, health, social welfare and education. It is taught by leading academics with extensive experience working as counsellors and psychologists.

The course draws on contemporary theories and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy and will develop your appreciation of the mental-health issues that arise across the lifespan.

You will examine the various forms of professional counselling, including online and distance counselling, child and adolescent counselling, and individual, couples and group counselling. You will also be introduced to the ethical and professional issues faced by counsellors. Creative approaches to counselling will be examined, including play therapy and art therapy. In addition, you will gain in-depth knowledge across a range of contemporary cognitive-behaviour therapies.

You will complete 300 hours of professional placement, where you have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision in clinical settings. The placement includes 200 'contact' hours (e.g. face-to-face, telephone, group and online counselling) and 100 'non-contact' hours (e.g. observation, case notes, meetings, administration). You will also complete 50 hours of supervision (which are included in the non-contact hours) and participate in weekly online discussion groups and postings throughout the duration of the placement.

If you hold relevant qualifications from prior studies and/or relevant work experience, you may be eligible to receive up to one year of credit into this course, which reduces the duration.

Master of Counselling graduates work in a variety of fields, including careers counselling, education, child and family services, child-protection services, health policy, family counselling, health-services management and rehabilitation counselling.

This course is accredited in Australia by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
Please note: membership of PACFA requires a first degree in a relevant discipline.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/counselling-d6003?domestic=true

Course Structure

The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Orientation to Counselling, Part B. Advanced foundations for counselling and Part C. Specialist counselling practice. All students complete Part C. Depending upon your prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part A and Part B.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]

PART A. Orientation to Counselling
These studies will provide an orientation to the field of counselling at advanced undergraduate level. They examine the major lifespan theories and counselling approaches and familiarise students with the professional side of counselling including the many different ways in which counselling is offered. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.

PART B. Advanced foundations for counselling
These studies will extend your foundational knowledge for the field of counselling. They focus on counselling practice around mental health and in working with young people.

PART C. Specialist counselling practice
These studies will advance your knowledge and skill development for counselling. They cover major approaches to counselling, provide training in counselling practice and address the ethical and professional issues in undertaking counselling as a profession.

As part of this core study you will complete 300 hours of clinical placements, including a minimum of 200 hours of client contact.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/education

Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education is committed to researching, communicating and applying knowledge about teaching and learning in ways that foster quality in education.

The Faculty of Education develops and provides innovative research and teaching that takes seriously the global-to-local demands of an excellent Australian public university. Our work focuses on advancing the discipline and practice of education through original research, development and partnership activities. We prepare and develop professionals and practitioners for a range of education settings and specialisations. We also engage policy and public debate on matters of importance to education and educators at all levels.

Our mission is to contribute to the public interest through high quality and ethical teaching, research, capacity building and community service. To this end, we create and pursue opportunities that strengthen and sustain a vibrant intellectual community, centred on the purposeful, critical and disciplined study of learning and teaching in a range of contexts.

Our vision is of:

- graduates who are capable, thoughtful, ethical citizens of the world, distinguished by their knowledge, intellectual engagement and professional skill, and by their commitment to lifelong learning, innovation and excellence

- research practice and scholarly output that is recognised internationally and locally for its originality, rigour and impartiality, and for providing advice and services that inform and lead professional practice, public debate, policy and community action

- an intellectual, social, physical and web environment that challenges, enthuses and supports all to learn and excel, and which sustains productive working relations characterised by mutual respect, accountability, contribution and recognition.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/counselling-d6003?domestic=true#making-the-application

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The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology course is designed to equip you with a rigorous training in clinical practice, as well as professional research skills at doctoral level, to enable you to become an effective and competent Practitioner Psychologist. Read more
The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology course is designed to equip you with a rigorous training in clinical practice, as well as professional research skills at doctoral level, to enable you to become an effective and competent Practitioner Psychologist.

Who is it for?

The DPsych aims to develop ethical, reflective and professional practitioners of counselling psychology who work collaboratively with their clients to provide high-quality psychological services, drawing on evidence-based psychological practice in the context of a therapeutic relationship characterised by trust, respect, and appreciation for the subjective experience of the person and individuality of the client and their unique world view.

Our programme seeks to sit at the interface of science and practice. We value reflective professional practice and development of practice through the rigor of top class research.

You are equipped to work with a wide range of complex presenting issues; with individual adults and children, couples, families, groups and organisations; short and long term; in single and multi-professional contexts; and through transferring psychological skills to others in multidisciplinary teams.

You are actively supported during your studies by the course team to develop your own personal theory of the evolution, maintenance and resolution of psychological problems, based on your reading, lectures, practical skills workshops, personal development, collaborative learning and clinical and research experience.

We want you to have a stimulating, challenging, inspiring and personally supportive professional training environment in which to develop your knowledge and skills and further develop as a person and professional. We view you as active contributors to your learning and to the overall success of the course, treating each of you with respect and working with you in a genuinely collegial atmosphere as a developing professional.

Objectives

The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology course is designed to equip you with a rigorous training in clinical practice, as well as professional research skills at doctoral level, to enable you to become an effective and competent Practitioner Psychologist registered with the HCPC, and Chartered Psychologist with the BPS.

Our professional, clinical and academic training is combined with the opportunity to develop your own portfolio of placement experience. This equips you to build a successful and fulfilling career in a broad range of settings, including:
-The NHS (e.g. inpatient settings, community mental health teams, specialist services such as early intervention, with different clinical populations e.g. older adults)
-The independent hospital sector
-Forensic settings including HMPS and probation
-Organisations in areas such as occupational health
-The Third (voluntary) sector
-Industry
-Government
-Private practice (including Employee Assistance Programmes)
-Academic and research settings

Placements

In addition to the taught components of the Counselling Psychology MSc/DPsych course, you are also required to complete 400 hours of professional face-to-face client practice in placements and 45 hours of indirect client work; frequent clinical supervision; personal development; 40 hours of personal therapy (at least 15 hours in Year 1); and various pieces of assessment throughout the three years, including a doctoral thesis.

Who arranges the placements?
It is your responsibility to find and arrange your own placements, although advice and support is offered by the Placements Co-ordinator and personal tutors. If your application is successful, on acceptance of a place on the course you will be sent further information about finding placements and available opportunities.

Do placements have to be in London?
No, you can undertake your placements wherever is convenient for you as long as you ensure your supervision is from appropriately qualified professionals. Supervisors should be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a 'Practitioner Psychologist', 'Registered Psychologist', 'Counselling Psychologist' or 'Clinical Psychologist'. All placements arrangements need to be approved by your personal tutor.

Supervision
Supervision should normally be in the ratio of one hour of supervision for every 8 hours of counselling work in Years 1 and 2, with a minimum of one hour of supervision per fortnight. In Year 3, supervision should be in the ratio of one hour for every 8 hours of counselling work, with a minimum of two hours of supervision per month.

Teaching and learning

A wide range of learning and teaching methods are used, including lectures, group discussion, group work, role play, trainee presentations, supervised clinical practice, personal therapy and personal development activities.

Assessment

You will be assessed through role plays, learning logs, skills assessments, essays, process reports, client studies, examination, critical literature review and DPsych portfolio.

Student focus

We want your time on the Counselling Psychology MSc/DPsych course to be as inspiring, challenging and stimulating as it can be. As part of our dedication to enhancing the overall student experience, we support you throughout your studies in many different ways:
-Personal Tutors
-Student-staff liaison committees
-Placements Co-ordinator

Modules

Year one:
-Context, Diversity and Standards in Professional Practice (15 credits)
-Research design and analysis 1 (15 credits)
-Research design and analysis 2 (30 credits)
-Professional components of counselling psychology (45 credits)
-Personal and professional development (15 credits)
-Cognitive behavioural approaches to counselling psychology (15 credits)
-Person-centred approaches to counselling psychology (15 credits)
-Psychodynamic approaches to counselling psychology (15 credits)
-Professional development and supervision (15 credits)

Year two:
-Professional Components of Counselling Psychology (45credits)
-Systems and Systemic Psychological Therapies in Counselling Psychology (15 credits)
-Psychopathology: Clinical Skills and Critical Approaches (15 credits)
-DPsych Counselling Psychology Thesis one (30 credits)
-Developing Research Skills in Counselling Psychology (15 credits)
-Contemporary Developments in Psychological Approaches (15 credits)
-Specialist group supervision (15 credits)
-Psychometrics A: Ability and Aptitude Training (15 credits)

Year three:
-Professional Components of Counselling Psychology (60 credits)
-Psychometrics B: Personality Measures (15 credits)
-Negotiating Relationships: Advanced Skills (15 credits)
-DPsych Counselling Psychology Thesis two (45 credits)
-Integrative and Pluralistic Approaches to Counselling Psychology (15 credits)
-Developing Research Skills in Counselling Psychology (15 credits)
-Specialist Group Supervision (15 credits)
-Supervising, Consulting and leading in Counselling Psychology (15 credits)

Career prospects

Counselling Psychology graduates are typically employed in a variety of settings, including NHS primary, secondary or tertiary care, the prison service, schools and voluntary agencies.

Employers of recent graduates include:
-St Bartholomews Hospital
-South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
-Central & North West London NHS Trust
-City, University of London
-Maggie's Cancer Centre
-Imperial College London
-Roehampton University
-London Metropolitan University
-Homerton University Hospital
-The Priory
-Capio Nightingale Hospital

Job titles included Consultant Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, High Intensity Therapist, Lecturer, and Practitioner Psychologist.

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Keele University is one of the first Higher Education Institutions to offer counsellor training in the UK and has been delivering high quality training programmes since the early 1970s. Read more

Overview

Keele University is one of the first Higher Education Institutions to offer counsellor training in the UK and has been delivering high quality training programmes since the early 1970s.

The BACP accredited Professional Counselling Training Route/part-time MSc in Counselling Psychology is a part-time vocational training programme which builds up over three years. In Year One students complete the Certificate in Counselling and in Year Two the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. In Year Three students undertake the MSc research studies year. Successful completion of each academic year enables either progression onto the next year or an opportunity to exit with the completed qualification.

The first two years of the part-time MSc Counselling Psychology (The Professional Counselling Training Route) are accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy (BACP) as a route of professional counsellor training. Candidates for accreditation will also have to meet all other criteria in line with BACP accreditation procedures.

- Training Philosophy
This part-time professional counselling training route is founded on a person-centred view of personhood and person-centred ways of being. In this we view the relationship in counselling as central, and support Rogers’ belief in the ‘self-therapeutic capacity and wisdom of clients’. However, we also take a strong ‘anti-schoolism’ stance which reflects our sincere respect for other, non-person-centred practices and practitioners. Our starting point for the Keele Counselling Model is thus a unifying ethos which enables us to respect and welcome a diversity of professional skills and orientations.

Course Aims

The programme as a whole aims to equip students with the knowledge and expertise to support their work as professional person centred/ humanistic counsellors. It aims to integrate students’ counselling skills practice with academic study at each training level and to facilitate student learning in the areas of psychology: counselling skills, counselling related theory and self-development. The principles underpinning the programme are empowerment, holistic development, relationships and community.

- Year One: The Certificate in Counselling
This programme is an introduction to person-centred counselling theory and practice. It is suitable for individuals from a range of professional backgrounds who wish to improve their communication skills or begin training as a professional counsellor. The Certificate is an entry route onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology for those without traditional academic qualifications. On completion of the Certificate in Counselling students should have gained competencies in a wide range of professional knowledge, skills and self-development relevant to counselling practice.

- Year Two: Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology
This year follows on from the Certificate in Counselling and offers professional training in counselling practice, theory and self-development. It is based on a person centred/humanistic philosophy with person-centred practice. Students are expected to undertake one hundred hours of supervised counselling practice placement. Applicants must have successfully completed the Certificate in Counselling at Keele University to access training in Year Two.

It is expected that students will progress to Year 2 in September of the year in which they complete the Certificate and, as long as they meet the requirements for progression, they are guaranteed a place on the Year 2 course starting in that September. Students may defer the commencement of Year 2 but, in this case, they would have to apply for a place and cannot be guaranteed a place in the academic year in which they wish to resume their studies.

Years 1 and 2 of the programme together constitute a BACP accredited training course. However, any other exit awards, e.g. completion of the Certificate in Counselling alone, or a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology Studies, which would not include the 100 hours of supervised counselling practice on placement, would not constitute a BACP accredited training course.

- Year Three: MSc Counselling Psychology
Year three of the part-time MSc Counselling Psychology places a particular emphasis on developing the counselling practitioner’s own research interests, including a research based dissertation.

Teaching

We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, large group work, community meetings, tutorials and small group work. Students are encouraged to engage in experiential as well as academic learning methods.

Assessment

With the exception of a multiple-choice questionnaire classroom test in Year 2, all modules are assessed on the basis of coursework. The pass mark for all modules in Year 1 (Level 6) is 50% and, in Year 2 (Level 7), is 40%.

Additional Costs

In year 1 students have to attend a minimum of 8 hours of personal therapy and in year 2 a minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy (Subject to approval by Senate) to complete the course and payment for this is the responsibility of the students. As a guide, costs for this on average are £35 - £45 per hour.

When completing the 100 hour placement requirement in Year 2, students also have to undertake a minimum of 14 hours of supervision for which there may also be a charge. Again, as a guide, costs for this are on average £35 - £45 per hour.
Parking is also an additional cost for students who wish to use their cars on campus. Details of student parking permits are sent out with the pre-enrolment information.

Students should also be aware that possible additional costs may be incurred when attending the compulsory non-residential Conference weekend. Refreshments and lunches are provided for the students free of charge during the weekend but there will be an additional cost should students wish to attend the Saturday evening Conference dinner and also if wishing to book local accommodation.

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Person-centred-experiential counselling and psychotherapy is internationally recognised. Evidence suggests it's one of the leading therapeutic approaches to mental health and wellbeing, and it continues to develop important practical applications and theoretical knowledge. Read more
Person-centred-experiential counselling and psychotherapy is internationally recognised. Evidence suggests it's one of the leading therapeutic approaches to mental health and wellbeing, and it continues to develop important practical applications and theoretical knowledge.

Our long-established postgraduate courses in counselling have offered a unique opportunity to gain in-depth experience of the Person-Centred-Experiential methods applied in counselling and psychotherapy, to Masters level. Our courses have an international reputation and attract students from the UK, Europe, Canada, the USA, China, and India.

The course has been restructured to meet evolving standards for evidence-based practice, rising educational standards, increased professional regulation, and rapid social and economic change. You'll gain a solid grounding and thorough integration of theory, research and practice, as well as a capacity to engage with the wider field of human distress and wellbeing, including private, public and third sector mental health agencies.

You’ll study

The emphasis is on person-centred therapy throughout the programme. You'll undertake counselling training, including theoretical, personal and professional development and practical/skills-based components, over an 11-month period (September to August).

The counselling practice element of the training includes the following classes:
-The Therapeutic Relationship
-The Therapeutic Process
-Personality Theory
-Counselling Case Analysis
-Counselling Practicum
-Personal & Professional Development

The Research Dissertation class involves training in counselling research methods and a write-up of a small empirical study, practical case study, or review of research.

Work placement

You'll receive intensive skills training to prepare you to undertake a minimum of 100 hours of counselling experience. This counselling practice is undertaken with real clients across a range of placements within third-sector organisations, voluntary agencies and other health service educational and community settings.

You'll develop your skills and capacity to practice as a professional therapist leading to accreditation with professional bodies such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and COSCA. 

Major projects

The Research Dissertation involves training in the main counselling research methods and four options for research projects: a quantitative study, a qualitative study, a systematic case study or a systematic review. 

Facilities

We have dedicated teaching space especially set up to foster collaborative learning in groups.

The Counselling Unit at Strathclyde has developed one of the most diverse and innovative databases of counselling opportunities in the UK. You'll be supported to organise your own counselling work placement opportunity by our team.

Course awards

The MSc course run by the Counselling Unit received the Charlotte and Karl Bühler award from the Society for Humanistic Psychology in 2010, given to key organisations that have made outstanding and lasting contributions to humanistic psychology. 

Student competitions

In 2013 and 2015, two of our MSc students received the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Outstanding Research awards.

In 2016, one of our MSc Students received the PCCS Books student prize for the winning paper presented at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy research conference.

Guest lectures

The Counselling Unit has a long tradition of guest lectures, particularly the annual Mary Kilborn Lecture. In 2016/17 Professor Stephen Joseph will give a lecture entitled, ‘Building Bridges between Positive Psychology and the Person-Centred Experiential Approach’.

Course content

Semester 1 classes
-The Therapeutic Relationship
-Personality Theory

Semester 2 classes
-The Therapeutic Process
-Counselling Case Formulation

Semester 1 & 2 classes
-Personal & Professional Development
-Counselling Practicum
-Counselling Research Dissertation

Learning & teaching

The MSc will be delivered on a full-time (one-year) basis and delivered using a combination of large group formats (lecture/workshop/groupwork) and small group formats (supervision, personal and professional development groups) plus pre-recorded/streaming blended learning inputs.

You'll be expected to supplement class time with directed and self-directed learning and placement experience working with clients in community settings. The research class will be delivered with a combination of lectures on the main research methods in counselling research, and small group tutorials and independent work.

Assessment

Assessment is through summative written assignments and formative assessments which draw on interactions within all the aspects of the course.

Careers

Graduates from our training courses have the potential to move into full-time or part-time positions. However, the more typical pathway is for students to continue within their placements, adding to their client experience.

Most UK employers are looking for client-contact hours greater than the minimum 100 hours gained during training. Many students quickly gain part-time employment in agencies offering telephone counselling and also in employee assistance programmes offering short-term counselling to their employees.

We encourage our graduates to work towards professional accreditation which also affords professional registration and recognition. A therapist requires 450 hours of practice to begin the accreditation process and the majority of counsellors also engage in advanced professional development to broaden their professional profile while working towards accreditation.

Ultimately, most counsellors work in a mixture of part-time settings, such as paid part-time work in the NHS or voluntary sector, plus some private practice and/or gaining a qualification to do group work or professional supervision. Other choose to mix their practice with non-counselling employment.

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy offers you the opportunity to train as a qualified counselling practitioner. Read more

Why this course?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy offers you the opportunity to train as a qualified counselling practitioner. This can be done on a one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) basis. The course is run by our Counselling Unit.

The course has a person-centred orientation. This is an approach to counselling and psychotherapy that has earned the Counselling Unit an international reputation as a centre of excellence.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/counselling/

You’ll study

The Postgraduate Diploma has five key areas:
- understanding the counselling and personality theories of the person-centred approach and the issues around professional practice
- skills involved in creating therapeutic conditions and advancing the therapeutic process in counselling relationships with a range of clients
- learning to use individual and group supervision to protect client well-being and to enhance counsellor personal and professional development
- discovering and confronting attitudes and values that inhibit functioning as a counsellor
- developing self-acceptance, inner directedness, and appropriate use of self and personal reactions within the therapeutic relationship
- developing competence and confidence in counselling practice to work in intensive as well as short-term contracts with clients

- MSc
You may progress from the postgraduate diploma to the MSc. The MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy course consists of three classes or modules in addition to those studied on the postgraduate diploma. They are:
- Counselling Research 1: Research Methods & Ethics Proposal
- Counselling Research 2: Research Dissertation
- Advanced Professional Development in Counselling

The topic of the research dissertation is your choice but you’re invited to link your research to the Counselling Unit’s main research themes:
- person-centred/experiential therapies: process and outcomes
- emotion-focused therapy
- the application of the above approaches and related humanistic therapy processes to social anxiety, depression, trauma and other specific client presenting difficulties
- relational processes, including contact disturbances/pre-therapy, relational ruptures and contact-heightened states (for example, relational depth)
- the development of person-centred/experiential approaches and training in third world or politically troubled countries
- training and supervision in person-centred/experiential psychotherapies

Teaching staff

Staff in our Counselling Unit are trained and accredited through their relevant professional bodies and/or registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. They are experienced practitioners as well as trainers, ensuring our courses offer thoroughly practical training of the highest quality and integrity.

Accreditation

Both the part-time and the full-time courses have won the Certificate of Accreditation of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Learning & teaching

- Part-time
This course is run over two academic years. You’ll attend an intensive week of teaching in September as well as attending the University one day per week throughout the academic year. This'll be on either a Monday or Tuesday (according to year of entry) and is from 1pm to 8pm. The course concludes with an intensive week of teaching in June.

- Full-time
This course is made up of four full weeks of teaching in October. Teaching continues on Wednesday to Friday for one academic year. Mondays and Tuesdays are used for counselling practice in an agreed setting.

- MSc
You may progress from the postgraduate diploma to the MSc.
On the Masters programme you’ll have focused instruction on counselling research methods in four day-long intensive training workshops. You’ll also have:
- ongoing research supervision
- an opportunity to participate in monthly meetings
- a bulletin board discussion group to support the completion of a 15,000 to 20,000-word research-based dissertation

Assessment

The Diploma is awarded on completion of the course including:
- full participation in the course
- submission of the four assignments which meet the given criteria
- submission of audio tapes of practical work at regular intervals
- maintenance of adequate and sufficient counselling opportunities
- maintenance of sufficient and regular individual supervision during counselling practice
- completion of the self-appraisal statement

Careers

- How much will I earn?
- starting salaries for counsellors can be around £19,000 - £26,000 but this can vary considerably.*
- with experience and supervisory responsibilities, counsellors can earn £30,000 - £40,000.*

*information is intended only as a guide. Figures taken from Prospects http://www.prospects.ac.uk/counsellor_salary.htm

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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This excellent course enables you to gain the wide range of counselling psychology competencies needed to be eligible to apply for chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Read more
This excellent course enables you to gain the wide range of counselling psychology competencies needed to be eligible to apply for chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is a three-year full-time, four-year part-time taught doctoral programme leading to a doctoral qualification that automatically confers professional registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), accreditation as a fully qualified chartered counselling psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and recognition within the UK and the EU as a chartered counselling psychologist eligible to practice.

The programme offers a sound and marketable model, combining in-depth competency in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), strong humanistic values, and psychodynamic awareness. The course was re-accredited by the HCPC and the BPS in 2012. It was commended for the depth and breadth of the modules offered; a number of our modules were described as cutting-edge and very well suited to the current zeitgeist and employment market. These modules include a first-year module devoted to working with difference and diversity, and a third-year service evaluation research exercise.

Run by a dedicated team of HCPC registered and BPS accredited chartered counselling and clinical psychologists, this course offers wide-ranging and high quality clinical and research expertise to trainees. Course team members have between one and 11 years of post-qualification clinical experience, and two thirds hold PhD or professional doctoral titles. Two thirds of the staff are academically published authors.

While student numbers are growing, the team prides itself on retaining a small cohort each year of no more than 20 students. This enables us to offer you a relatively high volume of individual attention from staff. All students are assigned a personal tutor and two research supervisors. You are offered a relatively high proportion of research supervision (10 hours in Year 1 and 20 hours each year in Years 2 and 3); safe spaces for clinical group supervision and skills practice; and an experiential and workshop style of teaching and learning. Trainees and staff develop collaborative relationships in relation to learning and personal development.

The programme has a dedicated placements coordinator, and an extensive online placement provider database, accessible prior to training commencement. We offer a comprehensive placements induction in the first week of training, and we encourage and support you to be in placement or at interview stage with placement providers by the beginning of your training.

The first year of training is the equivalent of a Master’s year. Students who exit at the end of Year 1 are eligible for an MSc in Psychological Therapies. This MSc offers eligibility to register with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), leading to clinical practice in either in public, private or third sector organisations. However, the course has high student retention rates, with the majority of students continuing from the MSc level into the doctoral level of training in Years 2 and 3. Student satisfaction within the programme is very high; feedback forms regularly comment on the high quality and breadth of teaching, the clinical and research expertise of the lecturers, and the dedication of the staff, both at a personal and professional level. Our students feel valued and attended to by the teaching team because the size of each cohort allows for a more tailored experience for each student.

Through postgraduate teaching and workshops across the wider applied psychology subject area, London Met counselling psychology trainees develop advanced levels of knowledge and skills in a broad range of qualitative and quantitative psychological research methods. The course emphasises criticality, epistemological critique and reflexivity across all research teaching and learning. Extensive support in the form of individual and group supervision and teaching is offered, alongside methodology learning, to support trainees in undertaking a piece of doctoral level research that will make an original contribution to the professional practice of counselling psychology, and more widely.

As trainees you will develop a wide range of intellectual and practical skills and knowledge. The training has a solid track record of trainees emerging as robust, sophisticated, and highly employable practitioners of counselling psychology. In recent years, we are proud that a number of our trainees have won BPS Division of Counselling Psychology trainee prizes for written assignments and research poster presentations.

The principle aims and achievements of the course are to produce graduates who are:
-Competent, informed, reflective, ethical and professionally sound practitioners of counselling psychology who are able to work in a range of settings and are committed to their own on-going personal and professional development
-Able to understand, develop and apply models of advanced psychological inquiry and research that enable the creation of new knowledge and which recognise the complex nature of human experience and relationships
-Able to adopt a questioning and evaluative approach to the philosophy, practice, research and theory that constitutes counselling psychology and aware of the wider social, cultural and political domains within which counselling psychology operates
-In possession of a set of skills and competencies that are transferable to a wide variety of professional contexts and which enhance employability
-Able to demonstrate the range of counselling psychology competencies needed to be eligible to apply for chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Many students are conducting research in collaboration with National Health Service (NHS) Trusts or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Graduates find permanent employment within a few months post-qualification, with many trainees holding part-time clinical employment whilst they are in the final year of the training because their clinical skills and knowledge are of such a high standard. Other graduates from the programme find work in academia in visiting or permanent teaching posts or as research fellows.

The course is involved in on-going in-house events and conferences such as CultureShock, and in research and clinical collaborations with five NHS trusts. The programme is also involved in research and in the training of clinical staff with the Freedom from Torture Foundation and Khulisa, both community based organisations close to the Holloway Campus. The programme is also collaborating with the School of Social Sciences and School of Social Professions to link interpreters with clinicians and to establish training inside and outside the University on working with interpreters in mental health settings.

Assessment

A wide range of assessment methods is used on the programme. In Year 1 you'll complete seven master's level assignments, including a reflective essay, case formulation, process report, examination and two short research assignments using qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

You'll also complete a 7,000-word reflexive critical literature review and a 3,000-word proposal towards the end of Year 1. Your proposal must demonstrate an adequate basis for a doctoral level research project for you to proceed into Year 2 of the programme. Year 1 is the most intensive period of assessment on the programme.

If you progress to Year 2 you'll complete an extended clinical case study, integrative process analysis and theoretical essay at the end of the year, reflecting cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic learning. At the end of Year 3 a similar assignment is completed, reflecting a trans-theoretical, pluralistic perspective. You should complete your research project by the end of Year 3, submitting a 25,000 word thesis and subsequently participating in a viva voce examination.

You'll receive research supervision to guide your research throughout the programme. Research progress is formally monitored and evaluated through the submission of annual reports to the Research and Postgraduate Office in Years 2 and 3.

You are required to complete a minimum of 450 clinical hours in a range of placements under supervision over the duration of the programme, as well as a minimum of 60 hours of your own personal therapy.

Supervisors complete six-monthly practice competency evaluations, which enable bidirectional feedback and reflection on your progress and continuing professional development in your practice placements. Your personal and professional development is individually monitored and supported throughout the programme via annual reviews and appraisals with a tutor from the programme team.

Professional accreditation

The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology leads to a doctoral qualification that automatically confers professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accreditation as a fully qualified chartered counselling psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Advanced Research Design and Analysis for Psychology (core, 20 credits)
-Counselling Psychology Practice and Development (core, 20 credits)
-Professional and Ethical Issues (core, 20 credits)
-Psychological Knowledge and Models of Therapy (core, 20 credits)
-Research Project and Critical Skills (core, 60 credits)
-Therapeutic and Reflective Skills (core, 20 credits)
-Working with Difference and Diversity (core, 20 credits)

Year 2 modules include:
-Advanced Psychological Research (core, 160 credits)
-Advanced Psychological Theory and Practice 1 (core, 100 credits)
-Advanced Psychological Theory and Practice 2 (core, 100 credits)

After the course

Career opportunities for counselling psychologists include posts in a variety of areas. These include National Health Service (NHS) settings such as primary care, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services, community mental health, drug and alcohol, rehabilitation, eating and personality disorder services, as well as the prison service, voluntary sector, private practice, academia, training, supervision, management and consultancy.

Graduates from the programme frequently go on work in one or more of these areas. Some have gone on to provide practice placements or to supervise or teach students on the programme. The range of advanced clinical and research skills and abilities gained through the course prepare graduates to undertake work in a variety of fields of activity.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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The MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University gives you an academic qualification alongside your vocational counselling training. Read more
The MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University gives you an academic qualification alongside your vocational counselling training. This is beneficial when applying for work, (the qualification is nationally and internationally recognised) and will be helpful if formal registration is established in the UK. The award is modular, based on accumulating credit points (180 are needed for a Master’s), and gives a flexible career track suited to meet the demands of professional counsellors and therapists needing to study part-time.

This award is suitable for counsellors and psychotherapists who have completed a recognised counselling or psychotherapy training qualification, and who are working or who have worked professionally as a counsellor or psychotherapist. All the courses that are run in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice will give practising counsellors and psychotherapists an academic University based higher degree qualification to complement your professional qualification, and will enhance skills of evaluation, cognition and reflection, and increase personal knowledge.

Course structure and content

You can gain a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Master’s Award (180 credits) all in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice to complement your professional qualification. Entrance to the Master’s award requires you to have gained 90 credits linked to Counselling and Psychotherapy, either through APL (accreditation for prior learning, granted within 6 years of gaining your counselling qualification) or through BSU modules (the work-based action enquiry and/or the Independent study and/or specific interest counselling and psychotherapy modules available from 2013) and then to undertake Research and the Professional Parts 1 & 2 and the Master’s Research Project.

Teaching methods and resources

The modules are completed through distance learning with individual contact made with a supervisor either through face to face tutorials, telephone supervision or on line supervision.

Modules

Counselling and Psychotherapy Work-based Action Enquiry TT7815-60
This module is for students to gain up to 60 credits and can be used by those outside the 6 years requirement for APL or those who need to make up APL. It can also be used as part of the Postgraduate Diploma qualification. An alternative to the Independent Study Module, it is specifically focussed on reflecting and writing about clinical theory linked with practice. It can include client work or supervised practice, or a review or conference report linked to clinical practice.

Counselling and Psychotherapy Independent Study IN7760
This module is for students to gain up to 60 credits and can be used by those outside the 6 years requirement for APL or those who need to make up APL. It can also be used as part of the Postgraduate Diploma qualification. This is usually a piece of work based either on a literature review or the theoretical aspects of a case study. Students are encouraged to choose a subject linked to their research interest.

Counselling and Psychotherapy modules

Reflecting on Clinical Practice PL7201-30/PL6201-30
This module is for students to gain 30 credits and can be used by those outside the 6 years requirement for APL or those who need to make up APL. It can also be used as part of the Postgraduate Diploma qualification. It is also for others from counselling and other helping professions who already have a first degree (or a professional counselling qualification or the equivalent) and wish to develop their understanding and skills. All credits can contribute towards a University qualification. This is usually a piece of work covering the theoretical underpinning and professional contexts of the reflective practitioner working within situations of clinical practice.

Counselling Ethics and the Law PL7202-30 / PL6202-30
This module is for students to gain 30 credits and can be used by those outside the 6 years requirement for APL or those who need to make up APL. It can also be used as part of the Postgraduate Diploma qualification. It is also for others from counselling and other helping professions who already have a first degree (or a professional counselling qualification or the equivalent) and wish to develop their understanding and skills. All credits can contribute towards a University qualification. This is usually a piece of work based on practical counselling and psychotherapy knowledge in the context of ethical codes of practice with reference to current UK law affecting areas such as employment, mobility, diversity and children.

Counselling and Multidisciplinary Practice PL7203-30 / PL6203-30
This module is for students to gain 30 credits and can be used by those outside the 6 years requirement for APL or those who need to make up APL. It can also be used as part of the Postgraduate Diploma qualification. It is also for others from counselling and other helping professions who already have a first degree (or a professional counselling qualification or the equivalent) and wish to develop their understanding and skills. All credits can contribute towards a University qualification. This is usually a piece of work based on developing practical interdisciplinary knowledge in the context of multidisciplinary working environments.

Research and the professional – part 1 PR7103
The aims of this course module are to facilitate participants in the development of their knowledge and understanding of the methods and processes involved in interpretive research, in order to help prepare them for carrying out a small-scale Master’s research project. The assessed assignment is a critique of a piece of published research.

Research and the professional – part 2: Methods and proposal PR7102
This module introduces various data gathering techniques and the process of data analysis. It further develops the understanding of research design, the research process in general, and how to engage in a relevant literature review. The assessed assignment is a research proposal.

Master’s Research Project PR7120
A Master’s Research project is a substantial piece of research that requires you to write up a dissertation report at a level appropriate to postgraduate study relevant to your professional concerns and career interests and related to counselling and psychotherapy practice.

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The MSc in Supervision and Consultation. Psychotherapeutic and Organisational Approaches provides experienced health and social care professionals, educators, and human resource personnel an opportunity to develop their expertise as supervisors, consultants and trainers. Read more
The MSc in Supervision and Consultation: Psychotherapeutic and Organisational Approaches provides experienced health and social care professionals, educators, and human resource personnel an opportunity to develop their expertise as supervisors, consultants and trainers.

Coaching and organisational consultation skills build from this, whilst research findings inform the development of practice.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The programme has been designed to be flexible and responsive to the specific needs of those training, ensuring it is relevant to their particular work circumstances.

The varied professional backgrounds of students facilitates lively discussion and in-depth consideration of the application of psychotherapeutic concepts to their supervision, consultation and coaching practice.

Teaching is provided both by academic staff and experienced practitioners, who use a variety of training methods, including experiential exercises, audio-visual recordings, formal lectures and seminars.

Different psychotherapeutic and psychological approaches to supervision, consultation and coaching are taught so that practitioners can better satisfy the needs of individuals, teams and organisations seeking their services.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The MSc in Supervision and Consultation is studied over two academic years and is part-time. All MSc students are initially registered for one academic year, and successful completion of all modules in the first year leads to progression into year two.

This is a specialised training course which leads to advanced knowledge and practice in the supervision and coaching of staff, and consultation to teams and organisations. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Models of Learning, Supervision and Consultation
-Frameworks of Supervision and Consultation
-Supervision of Supervision and Consultation
-Research Methods in Supervision and Consultation
-Integrative Practice
-Working with Organisations and their Contexts
-Supervision and Consultation Practice
-Organisational Supervision and Consultation
-Research Dissertation in Supervision and Consultation

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

-Develop advanced competencies to practice supervision, consultation, coaching and mentoring within applied health, social care and educational settings
-Conceptualise supervision/consultation/coaching/mentoring theory and practice clearly
-Develop a range of specific and transferable supervisory, consultation, coaching and mentoring skills and competencies
-Develop ethical awareness and relational/self-reflexivity
-Supervise/consult/coach/mentor across a range of contexts and with a range of clients/supervisees/consultees
-Practise supervision, consultation, coaching and mentoring in a culturally attuned way

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme aims to promote a high-quality, vocational education which is intellectually rigorous and responsive to the changing demands of public services, the non-statutory sector and private practice.

There is a focus on ethical practice and a good understanding of the importance of a capacity to work with social difference and disadvantage in order to provide professional practice that reaches out to the widest possible range of need.

Knowledge and understanding
-A systematic knowledge and in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to the chosen supervision and consultation pathway
-A systematic knowledge and in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to organisational consultation and coaching
-Originality in the critical application of theoretical, research and applied knowledge related to the training, learning, management, guidance, coaching and support needs of individual clients/supervisees/consultees, teams and organisations
-An understanding of the research process.

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-An ability to systematically deal with complex issues in applied settings as demonstrated by problem solving
-An ability to critically evaluate outcomes and respond to feedback as part of a process of continuous self-evaluation and professional development
-An ability to independently critically evaluate approaches and techniques relevant to staff and organisational supervision and consultation

Professional practical skills
-The competencies and skills needed to supervise pre- and post-qualification education, health and social care professionals following one of the four specific modality supervision and consultation pathways: CBT, Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Integrative, in culturally attuned and socially inclusive ways
-The competencies and skills needed to coach qualified health and social care professionals following one of the four specific modality organisational supervision and consultation pathways: CBT, Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Integrative, in culturally attuned and socially inclusive ways
-The competencies and skills needed to consult to teams and organisations in a flexible and responsive way through the integration of psychological approaches
-The competencies needed to provide supervision/coaching/consultation to individuals, groups, teams, and organisations
-A capacity to design and carry out a range of innovative and responsive practice approaches, and a cogent research dissertation related to supervision, coaching and consultation practice within applied context, including organisations and teams
-A capacity to negotiate and respond to feedback as part of routine professional practice

Application and evaluation
-An ability to systematically deal with complex issues in a variety of applied settings as demonstrated by problem solving
-An ability to evaluate outcomes and respond to feedback as part of a process of continuous self-evaluation and professional development
-An ability to independently critically evaluate supervision, consultation and coaching approaches and techniques relevant to individual staff, teams and organisations across applied settings

Synthesis and creativity
-An ability to conduct research and produce a high quality research dissertation. This includes the ability to select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of research work
-An ability to identify modifications needed to existing organisational practices and team structures and their frameworks of working and therefore to propose new areas for investigation and development, and new solutions or alternative applications of methodological approaches

Ethical understanding
-A sophisticated understanding of ethical concerns in applied practice and research in order to anticipate ethical dilemmas
-A sophisticated capacity to identify and understand professional challenges when dealing with ethical dilemmas and how to formulate solutions in dialogue with colleagues, clients and supervisors when they arise in applied professional practice, organisational settings and research

Key / transferable skills
-A range of transferable skills necessary for employment, including critical reasoning, problem solving, group working, organisational work, oral and written communication, taking initiative and personal responsibility in complex team and organisational contexts, an understanding of the research base to practice and a capacity to undertake relevant research and apply the results
-A learning ethos to allow for on-going CPD

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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This postgraduate course offers training in the skills and theoretical awareness that are necessary to be an effective supervisor of counsellors and psychotherapists. Read more
This postgraduate course offers training in the skills and theoretical awareness that are necessary to be an effective supervisor of counsellors and psychotherapists.

The course is structured to provide the opportunity to critically evaluate and apply current models in the theory and practice of counselling supervision. You will develop the appropriate skills to become a more effective and informed counselling supervisor and will be able to reflect on current issues that relate to counselling supervision practice.

The course is delivered over six days of six hours duration (36 hours contact). The teaching is based on lecture, discussion, tutorials and small group discussions. It will also involve experiential work with dyadic/triadic group work and visual digital recording. Students will have formative assessment feedback from the course tutors during ‘live’ supervision sessions from within the student cohort.

OPPORTUNITIES

This course offers a progression route onto the following course: MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

The content of the course encompasses the following:
-What is counselling supervision?
-The role of the supervisor
-The supervision contract
-The tasks of supervision (Michael Carroll); implications for practice
-Process model (Hawkins & Shohet); implications for practice
-The Cyclical model (Page & Woskett); implications for practice
-The developmental process of the supervisee
-The authority of the supervisor
-What do we need research for in supervision?
-Developing a personal philosophy of supervision
-Parallel process
-BACP ethical framework and its implications for supervision
-Wrestling with ethical dilemmas that may arise in supervision
-Culture within supervision
-What might supervisees withhold in supervision?
-Creative approaches to supervision
-Developing practice

FURTHER INFORMATION

On successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
-Critically analyse and appraise current models of, and issues within, supervision
-Make informed ethical, practical and theoretical judgements within the context of supervision
-Demonstrate applied knowledge and practice of the processes involved in supervision

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This course aims to prepare you to take an active role as a member of the professional counselling/ psychotherapy community. This course explores a range of psychological approaches and therapeutic methods to provide holistic training in counselling. Read more

MSc in Counselling

This course aims to prepare you to take an active role as a member of the professional counselling/ psychotherapy community. This course explores a range of psychological approaches and therapeutic methods to provide holistic training in counselling. You will learn about the Humanistic approach and Person-Centred therapy, Psychodynamic approach and Psychoanalytic therapy, Behavioural approach and Behaviour therapy, and Cognitive approach and Cognitive therapy. You will also be introduced to several integrative approaches, such as CBT, REBT, and TA. In addition, you will take part in practical activities to develop your communication skills and help you to introduce the therapeutic techniques into your practice. This extensive curriculum will equip you to work with clients across various settings, and provide you with a toolkit of evidence-based techniques and relationship-focused methods. This course will also include a solid foundation in Psychology and Research, so that you will graduate with all of the skills needed to apply for doctorate level study or work in an empirically-based practice.

During the first year of the course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of psychology, counselling, research, and mental health through the following modules:

Research Skills (10 credit) Core and Compulsory
Therapeutic Process and Context (20 credit) Core and Compulsory
Communication Skills (10 credit) Core and Compulsory
Approaches and Therapies 1 (20 credit) Core and Compulsory
Research Methods and Statistics (10 credit) Core and Compulsory
Mental Health and Wellbeing (20 credit) Core and Compulsory
Counselling Skills (10 credit) Core and Compulsory
Approaches and Therapies 2 (20 credit) Core and Compulsory

During the second year of the course, you will have a unique opportunity to elect two modules from the wide range of options available in the School of Psychology. These options may include courses in Mindfulness, Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Applied Behaviour Analysis. This additional specialised training will give you an extra advantage as a counselling graduate, and will further equip you with the skills needed to excel in your career.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Our MSc in Counselling will use a range of teaching methods to provide a challenging and engaging learning environment. You will attend lectures introducing the core theories, be supported through computer labs, watch video demonstrations of counselling in action, participate in workshops simulating counselling and supervision, debate important and controversial issues in the field, and receive regular one-to-one support from your personal tutor. Your assessments on the course will also be varied and diverse, and they will include essays, on-line quizzes, oral exams, presentations, and research reports. You will receive support and guidance for all of these assessments, as we work with you to ensure that every individual has an opportunity to excel.

Research Thesis

Our MSc in Counselling includes an empirical research project in the field of counselling. Our two-year course will provide you with enough time to develop your research skills, design a project, obtain ethical approval, run your study, and write up your research thesis. Research is an essential skill for a career in counselling, as more workplaces demand that their counsellors are able to empirically test their interventions and evidence their impact on clients. Our research training will help you to develop these skills and your research thesis will demonstrate that you are able to work as an empirically-based practitioner.

Counselling Placement

Our MSc in Counselling requires that you complete a core counselling placement of 150 supervised face-to-face counselling hours and 50 hours of work based practice. After learning the foundations of ethics, boundaries, and communication skills in the first semester, you will be expected to begin your placement at the start of the second semester in your first year. You will then need to complete all of your hours before graduating from the course in order to gain the MSc in Counselling. You will be provided with support and guidance in identifying a suitable placement, but the responsibility for obtaining a placement and completing all required hours remains with the student. You will also be responsible for ensuring that every month of practice is supported by at least 1.5 hours of supervision by an appropriate counselling supervisor (please be aware that you may need to pay for the services of a supervisor, if sufficient supervision is not provided within your placement). Supervised practice and work-based learning hours are a core requirement of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

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The PGDip in Supervision and Consultation. Psychotherapeutic and Organisational Approaches programme provides experienced health and social care professionals, educators, and human resource personnel an opportunity to develop their expertise as supervisors, consultants and trainers. Read more
The PGDip in Supervision and Consultation: Psychotherapeutic and Organisational Approaches programme provides experienced health and social care professionals, educators, and human resource personnel an opportunity to develop their expertise as supervisors, consultants and trainers.

Coaching and organisational consultation practice are built on pre-existing supervision and consultation skills.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The programme has been designed to be flexible and responsive to the specific needs of those training, ensuring it is relevant to their particular work circumstances.

The varied professional backgrounds of students facilitate lively discussion and in-depth consideration of the application of psychotherapeutic concepts to their supervision, consultation and coaching practice.

Teaching is provided both by academic staff and experienced practitioners, who use a variety of training methods, including experiential exercises, audio-visual recordings, formal lectures and seminars.

Different psychotherapeutic and psychological approaches to supervision, consultation and coaching are taught so that practitioners can better satisfy the needs of individuals, teams and organisations seeking their services.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The MSc in Supervision and Consultation is studied over two academic years and is part-time. All MSc students are initially registered for one academic year, and successful completion of all modules in the first year leads to progression into year two.

This is a specialised training course which leads to advanced knowledge and practice in the supervision and coaching of staff, and consultation to teams and organisations. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Models of Learning, Supervision and Consultation
-Frameworks of Supervision and Consultation
-Research Methods in Supervision and Consultation
-Integrative Practice
-Working with Organisations and their Contexts
-Supervision and Consultation Practice
-Organisational Supervision and Consultation

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

-Develop advanced competencies to practice supervision, consultation, coaching and mentoring within applied health, social care and educational settings
-Conceptualise supervision/consultation/coaching/mentoring theory and practice clearly
-Develop a range of specific and transferable supervisory, consultation, coaching and mentoring skills and competencies
-Develop ethical awareness and relational/self-reflexivity
-Supervise/consult/coach/mentor across a range of contexts and with a range of clients/supervisees/consultees
-Practise supervision, consultation, coaching and mentoring in a culturally attuned way

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-A systematic knowledge and in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to the chosen supervision and consultation pathway
-A systematic knowledge and in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to organisational consultation and coaching
-Originality in the critical application of theoretical, research and applied knowledge related to the training, learning, management, guidance, coaching and support needs of individual clients/supervisees/consultees, teams and organisations
-An understanding of the research process

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-An ability to systematically deal with complex issues in supervision, consultation and organisational settings as demonstrated by problem solving
-An ability to evaluate outcomes and respond to feedback as part of a process of continuous self- evaluation and professional development
-An ability to independently critically evaluate approaches and techniques relevant to supervision, consultation and organisations

Professional practical skills
-The competencies and skills needed to supervise pre- and post-qualification education, health and social care professionals following one of the four specific modality supervision and consultation pathways: CBT, Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Integrative, in culturally attuned and socially inclusive ways
-The competencies and skills needed to coach qualified health and social care professionals following one of the four specific modality organisational supervision and consultation pathways: CBT, Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Integrative, in culturally attuned and socially inclusive ways
-The competencies and skills needed to consult to individuals, teams and organisations in a flexible and responsive way through the integration of psychological approaches
-The competencies needed to provide supervision/coaching/consultation to individuals, groups, teams, and organisations
-A capacity to design and carry out a range of innovative and responsive practice approaches related to supervision, coaching and consultation practice within applied contexts including organisations and teams
-A capacity to negotiate and respond to feedback as part of routine professional practice

Application and evaluation
-An ability to systematically deal with complex issues in a variety of applied settings as demonstrated by problem solving
-An ability to evaluate outcomes and respond to feedback as part of a process of continuous self-evaluation and professional development
-An ability to independently critically evaluate supervision, consultation and coaching approaches and techniques relevant to individual staff, teams and organisations across applied settings

Synthesis and creativity
-An ability to identify modifications needed to existing organisational practices and team structures and their frameworks of working and propose new solutions and new areas for development

Ethical understanding
-A sophisticated understanding of ethical concerns in applied practice and research in order to anticipate ethical dilemmas
-A sophisticated capacity to identify and understand professional challenges when dealing with ethical dilemmas and how to formulate solutions in dialogue with colleagues, clients and supervisors when they arise in applied professional practice, and organisational settings

Key / transferable skills
-A range of transferable skills necessary for employment, including critical reasoning, problem solving, group working, organisational work, oral and written communication, taking initiative and personal responsibility in complex team and organisational contexts
-A learning ethos to allow for on-going CPD

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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Keele University, along with the University of Reading, was the first Higher Education Institution to offer counsellor training and has been delivering programmes in counselling since the 1970s. Read more

Overview

Keele University, along with the University of Reading, was the first Higher Education Institution to offer counsellor training and has been delivering programmes in counselling since the 1970s. The full-time Masters in Counselling Psychology is a professional training in counselling. This vocational course is accredited accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as a route of professional counsellor training. Candidates for accreditation must note that they will also have to meet all other criteria outlined by BACP. The details outlined below relate to the full-time programme.

This MSc programme in Counselling Psychology is founded on a person-centred view of personhood and person-centred ways of being. In this we view the relationship in counselling as central, and support Rogers’ belief in the ‘self-therapeutic capacity and wisdom of clients’. However, we also take a strong ‘anti-schoolism’ stance which reflects our sincere respect for other, non-person-centred practices and practitioners. Our starting point for the Keele Counselling Model is thus a unifying ethos which enables us to respect and welcome a diversity of professional skills and orientations.

We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, large group work, community meetings, tutorials and small group work. Within this framework students are introduced to a range of practices which are related to relevant philosophical traditions including existentialism and phenomenology. Throughout the course, students are supported to establish a sense of coherence in their own therapeutic position in line with the course philosophy and aims.

The centrality of a secure and constantly reviewed ethical position, based on the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, from July 2016), is presented to the programme members as a major personal responsibility. We accept the overwhelming evidence of the theorists that the major factor in helping human beings change in a desired positive direction is a relationship in which they feel safe, valued and challenged.

Why study at Keele

- Keele Counselling staff have a wealth of experience in providing counselling training to both UK and international students

- Keele has a thriving counselling community with students from a range of professional, cultural, social and educational backgrounds

- Staff who are up to date with current therapeutic practice, training and research

- All staff are active practitioners in counselling

- An annual Counselling Conference with internationally renowned keynote speakers and researchers in counselling

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/counsellingpsychology/

Course Aims

The programme aims to equip students with the knowledge and expertise to support their work as professional person-centred/ humanistic counsellors. It aims to integrate students’ counselling skills practice with academic study at Masters Level and to facilitate student learning in the areas of psychology practice: counselling skills, counselling related theory and personal development.
The programme offers to students a thorough theoretical grounding in person-centred/humanistic counselling and an introduction to research methodology. The principles underpinning the programme are empowerment, holistic development, relationships and community.

Teaching & Assessment

With the exception of a multiple-choice questionnaire classroom test, all modules are assessed on the basis of coursework.

The pass mark for a module is 50%. The dissertation is a piece of independent research written up in 20,000 words. Masters students attaining exceptional performance (course average of at least 70% including 70%+ for the dissertation) may be awarded a distinction.

Additional Costs

- Students are required to attend a minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy to complete the course and payment for this is the responsibility of the students. An average cost for personal therapy is approximately £35 - £45 per hour.

- When completing the 100 hour placement requirement, students also have to undertake a minimum of 14 hours of supervision for which there may also be a charge. Again, an average cost for supervision is approximately £35 - £45 per hour.

- Parking is also an additional cost for students who wish to use their cars on campus. Details of student parking permits are sent out with the pre-enrolment information.

- Students are also expected to pay travel costs to and from their placements.

- Students should also be aware that possible additional costs may be incurred when attending the compulsory non-residential Conference weekend. Refreshments and lunches are provided for the students free of charge during the weekend but there will be an additional cost should students wish to attend the Saturday evening Conference dinner and also if wishing to book local accommodation.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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The PG Cert Supervision and Consultation. Psychotherapeutic and Organisational Approaches programme provides experienced health and social care professionals, educators, and human resource personnel an opportunity to enhance their expertise as supervisors, consultants and trainers. Read more
The PG Cert Supervision and Consultation: Psychotherapeutic and Organisational Approaches programme provides experienced health and social care professionals, educators, and human resource personnel an opportunity to enhance their expertise as supervisors, consultants and trainers.

It satisfies the requirements for registration as a supervisor for some health related professions.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The programme has been designed to be flexible and responsive to the specific needs of those training, ensuring it is relevant to their particular work circumstances.

The varied professional backgrounds of students facilitates lively discussion and in-depth consideration of the application of psychotherapeutic concepts to their supervision and consultation practice.

Teaching is provided both by academic staff and experienced practitioners, who use a variety of training methods, including experiential exercises, audio-visual recordings, formal lectures and seminars.

Different psychotherapeutic and psychological approaches to supervision and consultation are taught so that practitioners can better satisfy the needs of individuals and teams seeking their services.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The MSc in Supervision and Consultation is studied over two academic years and is part-time. All MSc students are initially registered for one academic year, and successful completion of all modules in the first year leads to progression into year two.

This is a specialised training course which leads to advanced knowledge and practice in the supervision and coaching of staff, and consultation to teams and organisations. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Models of Learning, Supervision and Consultation
-Frameworks of Supervision and Consultation
-Supervision of Supervision and Consultation
-Integrative Practice
-Supervision and Consultation Practice

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

-Develop advanced competencies to practice supervision, consultation, coaching and mentoring within applied health, social care and educational settings
-Conceptualise supervision/consultation/coaching/mentoring theory and practice clearly
-Develop a range of specific and transferable supervisory, consultation, coaching and mentoring skills and competencies
-Develop ethical awareness and relational/self-reflexivity
-Supervise/consult/coach/mentor across a range of contexts and with a range of clients/supervisees/consultees
-Practise supervision, consultation, coaching and mentoring in a culturally attuned way

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-A systematic knowledge and in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to the chosen supervision and consultation pathway
-Originality in the critical application of theoretical, research and applied knowledge related to the training, learning, management, guidance and support needs of individual supervisees/consultees and teams

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-An ability to systematically deal with complex issues in applied settings as demonstrated by problem solving
-An ability to evaluate outcomes and respond to feedback as part of a process of continuous self-evaluation and professional development
-An ability to independently critically evaluate approaches and techniques relevant to supervision and consultation

Professional practical skills
-The competencies and skills needed to supervise pre- and post-qualification education, health and msocial care professionals following one of the four specific modality supervision pathways: CBT, Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Integrative, in culturally attuned and socially inclusive ways
-The competencies and skills needed to consult to individuals and teams in a flexible and responsive way through the integration of psychological approaches
-The competencies needed to provide supervision and consultation to individuals, groups and teams
-A capacity to design and carry out a range of innovative and responsive practice approaches related to supervision and consultation practice with individuals and teams
-A capacity to negotiate and respond to feedback as part of routine professional practice

Application and evaluation
-An ability to systematically deal with complex issues in specific applied settings as demonstrated by problem solving
-An ability to evaluate outcomes and respond to feedback as part of a process of continuous self-evaluation and professional development
-An ability to independently critically evaluate approaches and techniques relevant to individual and team supervision and consultation

Synthesis and creativity
-An ability to identify learning and supervision needs of individuals and teams related to existing structures and theoretical frameworks and propose new solutions or new areas of development

Ethical understanding
-A sophisticated understanding of ethical concerns in order to anticipate ethical dilemmas in applied practice
-An awareness of ethical dilemmas and how to formulate solutions in dialogue with colleagues, clients and supervisors when they arise in applied professional practice

Key / transeferable skills
-A range of transferable skills necessary for employment, including critical reasoning, problem solving, group working, oral and written communication, taking initiative and taking personal responsibility in complex team contexts
-A learning ethos to allow for on-going CPD

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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The programme offers advanced academic study of counselling and related practices. It aims to foster the development of critical reflection on the field by professionally qualified practitioners. Read more

Programme description

The programme offers advanced academic study of counselling and related practices. It aims to foster the development of critical reflection on the field by professionally qualified practitioners.

It complements professional training in counselling by providing students from a range of backgrounds with critical perspectives on counselling and related practices.

This programme firmly locates the practice of counselling within the field of social science enquiry. Its distinctive features include close links with professional training in counselling and with social science research concerned with counselling and society.

It includes the professionally validated Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies, three other substantive taught courses and a dissertation based on empirical research.

This MSc is not a full professional training in counselling. The latter is offered through the Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue), two years full-time, or the Master of Counselling, four years part-time.

Programme structure

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, theory seminars and independent study. Assessment is through essays and the dissertation.

The Postgraduate Certificate component involves experiential group work, practice-skills workshops and individual tutorials, with self and peer assessment and portfolio work, complementing essay-based assessment.

The programme provides a high level of student-tutor contact and close supervision of both listening practice and research, in line with professional and academic requirements.

Learning outcomes

The MSc in Counselling Studies provides:

in-depth knowledge of the theories informing counselling and psychotherapy;
social-science perspectives on debates about counselling and psychotherapy;
critical appreciation of the key debates, research methods and professional issues in counselling and related fields;
transferable interpersonal, conceptual and analytical skills, including critical thinking, self-evaluation and research.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the MSc Counselling Studies use the degree in a variety of ways. For some it opens up employment opportunities in a range of fields, including education, policy, research and development on health and illness, emotional health and wellbeing, and counselling, often in combination with first degrees or other professional training.

The degree also enhances the career prospects of professionally qualified counsellors and practitioners. Many graduates use the MSc as a foundation for undertaking further specialist therapeutic training in the UK or abroad.

Others enhance their careers by using newly developed conceptual, analytical and research skills and may use the MSc to embark on doctoral research.

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Based on the idea that mental illness is to some extent the result of repressed negative experience, psychodynamic counselling aims to expose the contents of a client's unconscious to make him or her aware of any underlying psychological conflicts. Read more
Based on the idea that mental illness is to some extent the result of repressed negative experience, psychodynamic counselling aims to expose the contents of a client's unconscious to make him or her aware of any underlying psychological conflicts.

It prioritises the therapeutic relationship and draws from the work of psychoanalysts such as Freud, Klein, Winnicott and Bion, as well as more contemporary thinkers such as Lacan, Bowlby, Kohut, Mitchell and Benjamin.

The PGDip teaches models of both long-and short-term counselling, the second of which is particularly relevant to NHS work and employee counselling schemes. It stresses the importance of developing counselling awareness through practice in workshops and provides a sound theoretical foundation to the psychodynamic approach.

The course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and therefore recognised as preparing students for work as a professional counsellor. The university itself is an organisational member of the BACP as well as the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UCPA).

Course structure

The courses are taught on a semester system with two semesters each year.

In addition to academic study, you need to complete 100 hours of supervised counselling practice in an approved clinical placement, for example at the South Downs NHS Primary Care Trust, the Youth Advice Centre or Brighton and Sussex University counselling services.

You also need to undertake a personal course of therapy that lasts for the duration of the course, from October of year 1 to June of year 2, and we recommend that you factor in the cost of this therapy before your application.

In terms of assessment, four written assignments and three case studies of counselling work must be submitted. You must also keep a professional log of their clinical work and maintain a personal journal.

Areas of study

The course contains four major elements: academic and professional studies, practical training, training supervision, and personal growth and development. A strong theoretical knowledge is of great importance and considerable weight is given to canonical writers. The seminars provide a broad overview of the reading material and invite you to reflect further on it.

Psychodynamic counsellors rely on their own feelings to help make sense of the moment-by-moment changes in client sessions. This process underlies the need for a certain level of self-awareness and maturity, hence why personal growth and development is the fourth key strand on the course. This is partly met through personal development groups and partly through your own counselling or therapy.

Syllabus

Year 1

Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling Theory: Human Growth and Development
Themes in Professional Practice
Psychodynamic Counselling Workshops

Year 2

Psychodynamic Counselling Practice 1
Psychodynamic Counselling Practice 2
Critical Perspectives in Psychodynamic Counselling
Research Methods for Counselling and Psychotherapy

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