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Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice - PGCert/PgDip/MSc


Our Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice course, has been designed to contribute to the educational requirements of those working towards professional accreditation. The course aims to recruit counsellors who are already working in a practice context towards professional accreditation. The course includes two supervised practice modules, wherein students are expected to complete 100 supervised client-contact hours. Only students who complete the supervised practice modules can receive the award of PgCert/PgDip/MSc Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice.


A central strength of the course is the teaching team, consisting of academics with both practice and research experience in counselling. Staff members ensure that the content of the course is continually updated based on innovations in practice and research.

The course provides:

  • Structured Continuing Professional Development opportunities for individuals who practice counselling in a range of contexts.
  • Flexibility through optional study to allow students to pursue specialist areas of interest.
  • A good balance of theoretical and skills training relevant to student need.
  • A well balanced grounding in the theoretical and practical study of communication in the applied counselling context.
  • A solid grounding in research methods and skills that will enable students to carry out independent research, for students who undertake the MSc.
  • An understanding of key contextual areas relevant to students’ work experience and the ability to evaluate their own professional practice.
  • Some modules are available in block teaching format
  • The Pg Diploma is a PQ accredited course for the NI Specialist Award in Social Work.
  • The MSc meets three PQ requirements for the NI Leadership & Strategic Award in Social Work.

Students can complete modules as part of a CPD pathway, PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters programme.

Work placement / study abroad

In order to meet professional and academic requirments students must complete 100 hours of clinical placement - supervised client-contact hours.

Career options

This course will assist students working towards professional accreditation by providing 100 supervised client-contact hours. This course is accredited by the National Counselling Society (NCS) and upon successful completion the students will be eligible for the NCS register of practitioners, which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

For further information, contact a professional body directly for details on the eligibility criteria for counsellor accreditation.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – http://www.bacp.co.uk  ;

National Counselling Society (NCS) - https://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org  ;

Visit the Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice - PGCert/PgDip/MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!





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