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MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling - Contemporary Creative Approaches

This unique professional programme focuses on contemporary creative approaches to psychotherapy and counselling, drawing upon psychology, neuro-psychotherapy, neuroscience and bioscience to reflect the scientific content required in psychotherapy training. The course is suitable for those with or without a background in counselling. A multi-modal and integrative approach draws upon the sequential use of drawing, painting, guided imagery, movement, drama, writing, poetry and sculpture to immerse you in the therapeutic process and help you facilitate the exploration of emotions, experiences and challenges to psychological wellbeing.

A key feature of the programme is the inclusion of placements and experiences working with children and young people, as well as adults, to ensure that you gain the expertise required to work with contemporary creative approaches across the lifespan. You will graduate equipped with the skills needed to work at emotional depth with children and adults experiencing psychological distress and find yourself well placed to pursue individual professional accreditation with one of the national awarding bodies.

What will I study?

The programme is designed around the conceptualisation of creative connections. It reflects the differing connections that you will learn to make between the process of facilitating creative expressions with clients, your own creative exploration of self, and the theoretical, psychological and psychotherapeutic underpinnings that guide such work.

Year 1 focuses on theoretical and practical preparation for practice, exploring theories of psychological and psychotherapeutic modalities, as well as key research methods and approaches, alongside the development of expressive arts and counselling skills.

Year 2 focuses on progressing your clinical skills in practice with clients, enhancing your therapeutic use of self, and supporting your capacity to practise at emotional and relational depth. Individual supervision with an external independent clinical supervisor will take place each week.

Developing self-awareness and emotional availability are key to this programme. To support this and help prepare you for future employment, you will engage in facilitated personal development sessions throughout the programme, including a process-orientated peer supervision group.

How will I study?

The course is delivered through a combination of short blocks of classroom teaching on campus and online learning seminars, supplemented by the use of online skills practice sessions. When off-campus you will have scheduled online teaching sessions each week, as well as online academic support sessions.

To support your growing self-awareness and emotional insight, you will practice your therapy skills with peers both in person and via the online virtual learning environment, receiving feedback and guidance from academic staff. You will also help to set up and run a small community support group in an approved placement setting to enhance your growing capacity to work in an empathic helping relationship.

All students will be expected to attend ongoing personal therapy for the duration of the programme. At least 40 hours of personal therapy must be undertaken in Year 1, with support provided to help you secure a placement to undertake the required 100 hours of clinical practice in Year 2. The University will make a contribution of up to £600 towards the costs of the personal therapy in Year 1 and clinical supervision in Year 2. Any additional costs above this amount are to be met by the student.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a variety of approaches including portfolio, viva, presentations, seminars, and written assignments.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a range of practitioners and tutors who have national and international expertise in counselling and psychotherapy.

The core programme team have published research in person-centred expressive arts therapy, psychology, psychotherapy, arts psychotherapies and dance movement psychotherapy, as well as medical sociology, mental health philosophy, critical counselling studies and feminist health praxis.

There will also be contributions to programme delivery from guest speakers and visiting lecturers to help further enhance your learning experience.

What are my career prospects?

On completion of this programme, you will be able to demonstrate the skills and expertise required to go into practice as a psychotherapist.

Psychotherapists are able to work with a wide range of clients, either individually or within groups, in both the public and private sector as well as with third sector organisations. The psychotherapist skillset is highly valued by employers, not only in those offering mental health services across the lifespan, but also in the employment market more widely.

Career destinations could include the NHS, charities, employee assistance and well-being programmes, youth justice, social care, probation, pastoral support in schools, advocacy and special educational needs, health, education, social welfare, or leadership and workforce development.

The programme is approved by the UKAHPP (the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners). On successful completion of the programme and subject to meeting the published criteria, you may wish to apply for and work towards individual UKAHPP Psychotherapist Accreditation. This is the pathway for UKAHPP sponsorship to the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) for Psychotherapist Registration with the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC). Alternative awarding bodies are also available in the UK who you may also choose to approach.


Visit the MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling - Contemporary Creative Approaches page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

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