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MSc / PG Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training)

Course Description

During this course you will undertake an in-depth study of the person-centred and cognitive behavioural approach to counselling. You will gain an overview of therapeutic models and current developments in theory and practice. There will also be an opportunity for you to take part in intensive skills development and supervision of practice, alongside widespread opportunities for personal development. This course provides a balance between academic work, skills development, professional practice, and individual personal development and self-awareness.

Key benefits:

• Receive a qualification from a course that is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
• Follow a programme that includes counselling skills, counselling theory, development of research skills and personal development
• Opportunity to practise as a counsellor on placement

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/counselling-and-psychotherapy-studies-professional-training

Suitable for

Professionals with undergraduate degrees who have successfully completed a year-long academic counselling programme (minimum of 90 training hours) and now wish to become a professional counsellor. Once qualified, you can work with adults and young people (over 12 years of age) in private practice, and the public and voluntary sectors.

Course detail

Students who successfully complete all aspects of the professional training and do not wish to progress onto the full MSc can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Those who complete the dissertation module will receive a full Masters qualification.


This course is delivered on a part-time basis through a variety of:

• Lectures
• Skills work
• Personal development activities

Module titles

• Introduction to Person-Centred Theory and Practice (30 credits)
• Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (30 credits)
• Mental Health for Counsellors (30 credits)
• Research Methods in Counselling and Psychotherapy (30 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)


Assessment is by:

• Skills work 40%
• Personal development activities 40%
• Assignment 20%

Career potential

Over the last few years there has been a gradual increase in the number of advertised counselling posts in the NHS, social services, education, the prison service and both commercial and voluntary organisations. There are opportunities for part-time and private work and widespread opportunities for you to study further at postgraduate level.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training) page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to possess an honours degree in any subject and a graduate certificate or further education certificate in a counselling skills qualification.

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