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MA Counselling and Psychotherapy practice


Course Description

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.

Visit the MA Counselling and Psychotherapy practice page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!

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Sam Lucas

Doing the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy gave me the opportunity I had been looking for to study my specific area of interest, that of dream analysis, within a professional context. Doing the degree was an engaging and enjoyable experience that I’m glad I didn’t miss out on.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

Applicants who qualified through other counselling or psychotherapy trainings are invited to apply and accreditation for prior learning (APL) is given according to the level of their counselling or psychotherapy training qualification. This can be discussed on application though in general level 5 qualifications are granted 90 APL and level 4 60 APL. APL is recognised only within six years of a training qualification.

Course Fees

£525 (15 credit module) £1,050 (30 credit module)


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