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MA / PGDip Counselling (Integrative and CBT Pathways)*

Course Description

The MA Counselling (Integrative & CBT pathways) course at the University of South Wales is accredited through the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The course is part of a suite of counselling courses delivered at the Caerleon campus, which have an international reputation for excellence.

The counselling course emphasises the integration of theory, research, practice, and self-awareness to help you develop as a competent and ethically sound practitioner. Throughout the masters you will also be taken on a journey of self-discovery as the programme demands a high level of reflection and self-awareness.

The programme at Caerleon is unique in offering a specialisation in therapeutic approach at the start of the Diploma. There is the choice of an integrative pathway or a cognitive behavioural pathway. Both are accredited by the BACP and the training hours on the CBT pathways will also contribute to any future application for individual accreditation with BABCP.

It may be possible to join the course at the Diploma stage, where you will need to have completed a Certificate in Counselling Skills with 180 taught hours, and will be ready to begin a placement. Alternatively students can join at the Masters stage if you have completed equivalent training elsewhere.

On the Diploma you will develop your counselling skills and your understanding of counselling theory, and will take part in self-awareness and professional development activities. You will engage in counselling practice through a placement and experience your own personal therapy.

On the Masters you will carry out a supervised research project of your choice.

What you study
Diploma (Integrative Pathway):

Module 1 - Introduction to Integrative Counselling
This module introduces you to the integrative model taught at Newport. The emphasis will be on ‘trans-theoretical’ concepts which inform a coherent integrative approach, rather than a comprehensive training in each of the core approaches.

Module 2 - Intermediate Integrative Counselling
Teaching and learning in this module focuses on the relational integrative theory of development of self and personality, problem formation and resolution and the processes of change.

Module 3 - Advanced Integrative Counselling
This module aims to develop in you an ability to be accountable for your own practice through the intentional use of skills underpinned by sound theoretical knowledge of the relational integrative approach.

Diploma (CBT Pathway):

Module 1 - Introduction to CBT
This module aims to provide you with a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles and practices of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Module 2 - Intermediate CBT
This module focuses on the application of strategies and techniques to particular presentations of depression and anxiety based on a sound formulation of the client’s problems.

Module 3 - Application of CBT in Context
This module has a particular focus on developments in CBT for more complex, enduring and pervasive difficulties.

Masters (research and dissertation stage):
The taught element of the Masters stage consists of an intensive five day training in research skills. You will then apply this knowledge to an area of counselling that interests you. Supported by your individual supervisor, you will research and write a 20,000 word dissertation.

* subject to revalidation for 2014 entry.

Where Next?
Our graduates go on to work in a number of areas including practising as an independent counsellor or as a counsellor within statutory and voluntary agencies, as well as opportunities in training, consultancy and lecturing.

On completion of the course, students may wish to progress into further study via a PhD.

Visit the MA / PGDip Counselling (Integrative and CBT Pathways)* page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

• A degree or higher professional experience in any subject• For entry at Diploma level: Newport Certificate in Counselling Skills or equivalent (approximately 180 hours training)• For entry at Masters level: a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (integrative or CBT)• You will also need to complete an enhanced DBS check and to join BACP or another relevant professional body. • You need to have secured a placement for your practice by the beginning of the Diploma stage. More information is available at the interview stage to help you with this.

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