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Counselling and Psychotherapy MA

Course Description

Take your skills as a counsellor to a higher level through our rigorous and challenging course. You will learn how to work with a wide range of client issues in a professional and reflective way, and explore the impact of research on the change process. We offer a learning community that encourages growth and development, building your capacity for giving and receiving open and constructive feedback.

By exploring your own history, you'll learn how to be alongside clients as they work through their experiences and emotions. We will support you in developing a level of openness and emotional robustness that will help you provide a better level of care to your clients. You will be challenged personally, professional and academically, emerging as a professional therapist with all the right skills and knowledge for a successful career.

Please note: In September 2016, this course will be taught on a Monday each week, 09:30 - 17:45. Whilst the day of the week the course is taught on usually remains the same for the duration of the course, this cannot be absolutely guaranteed.

Course outline

We adopt a person-centred concept at the core of our course, but also provide opportunity to learn about and critically evaluate other approaches such as CBT, solution-focused and systemic ways of working. Though the focus is on adults, you will also be introduced to working with couples, children and families. Emphasis is placed on developing research skills and your understanding of evidence-based practice.

During the course you will need to do 150 supervised counselling practice hours, plus 50 hours of non-clinical work based learning to meet BACP training requirements. You will be expected to make arrangements for your own placement, but will be offered support from the counselling team. We maintain a database of counselling placement opportunities.

We make use of many assessment types which may include live peer/client session recordings and evaluations, portfolio, essay, oral presentation, poster presentation, chapter/article critique and dissertation. In the first semester you will attend a weekend residential which focuses on your personal and professional development, and you will also be expected to have 10 hours of your own personal therapy.

Graduate destinations

Your qualification will help gain work in a variety of settings including schools, the NHS and voluntary agencies. The skills you learn will be useful in a wide variety of work outside of therapy, with the research techniques you gain preparing you for a higher level course (e.g. PhD) should you be interested.

Other admission requirements

You will need to have already completed a minimum of 30 hours of counselling skills training and be deemed to have a level of counselling ability that would enable you to go out on placement in the first semester. You will need to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance through the University of Cumbria, and be accepted as a member of the BACP. Your application needs to be supported by a statement from your referee. This will need to reflect on both your academic and personal capacity to undertake this course. Ideally this would be from a tutor from a current or previous course; alternatively one from your manager would be sufficient.

To meet the requirement of the 30 hours of counselling skills training, you could consider the Introduction to Counselling Skills module.

You will be interviewed for selection for this programme by a member of the programme team.

Visit the Counselling and Psychotherapy MA page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures. See course description for further admission details.

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