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Course Content

Course content

Gain the specialist training to advance your professional development in counselling, psychotherapy or another healthcare-related field.

You will further your understanding of contemporary theories in psychological therapies by analysing key issues and debates in counselling and psychotherapy. You will explore cognitive behavioural therapy approaches to therapeutic practice, social psychological theory and group therapy research.

As well as supporting your professional growth, your course will allow you to specialise in your chosen area of interest. Some of the diverse modules have an experiential component, others require purely academic study, and some will be useful for psychologists undertaking an independent route to the British Psychological Society's counselling psychology chartership. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

The modular design of our course allows you to build on previous learning and experience. Plus, you'll have the unique opportunity to investigate areas outside of your normal area of work, and study the topics that most people are unable to follow at diploma level.

Our dissertation module allows you to undertake an in-depth study of an area of particular interest whilst contributing to the wider profession.

Core modules

  • Existential, Humanistic & Psychodynamic Theories of Therapy
  • Research in Practice (Dissertation)
  • Understanding & Evaluating the Evidence, or
  • Understanding Social Research & Evaluation
  • Practical Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Issues & Debates
  • Foundations of the Theory & Practice of Coaching

Option modules

  • Work-Based Study
  • Working With Depression & Anxiety in Practice
  • Group Therapies & Group Work
  • Supervision in Practice

Job Prospects

This course will enhance your ongoing professional development in many related fields such as nursing, social work or life coaching. If you are already practising as a counsellor or psychotherapist, this course will enable you to fulfil the professional development requirements of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and the UK Council for Psychotherapy in order to maintain accreditation.

  • Psychologist
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Counsellor

Visit the Psychological Therapies - MA page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

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