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Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling PGDip


University of Brighton School of Applied Social Science

Part time September PgDip Part-time 2 years

About the course

Developed in reaction to the dominance of behaviourism and psychoanalysis, the humanistic paradigm emphasises the human capacity for self-determination.

It holds that we have the freedom to shape and give meaning to our own lives, and helps clients to regain their independence.

The humanistic paradigm draws on concepts and ideas from phenomenology and existentialism and is a philosophy of mind. 

The postgraduate diploma helps to ground your understanding of humanistic counselling in the relevant literature, clinical practice and your developing self-awareness.

It 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 is an organisational member of the BACP as

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Entry Requirements

You should hold a degree or professional qualification. You also need to have successfully completed an accredited, externally assessed counselling skills course that:

- is at least level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- involved at least 30 hours of face-to-face tuition at level 2 or level 3 (online courses are not acceptable)
- included both theory and practice
- took place within the last six years.

We would normally expect you to have gained experience in volunteering. This can be within a therapeutic environment or where you are working with people in a helping capacity.


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