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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies

Course Description

This course will enable you to:

• Gain an advanced expertise in Counselling and Psychotherapy
• Become a practitioner who is capable of working effectively with a wide range of clients, together with a range of psychological problems of varying degrees of severity
• Become a practitioner who is capable of making autonomous professional decisions in complex circumstances
• Become a practitioner who has a critical understanding of the theoretical knowledge which underpins practice and has the ability to critically appraise research evidence

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

Suitable For

You will be a practicing Counsellor and/or Psychotherapist, with professional membership. You will be motivated to study Counselling and Psychotherapy at an advanced level, and to deepen your knowledge and critical thinking skills. You may have aspirations to influence policy-making, commissioning and service delivery as well as to strengthen your own practice.

Course detail

This course will equip you with advanced knowledge relating to Counselling and Psychotherapy. The course has been structured to present you with opportunities to learn about different aspects of the lived experience and how these can be attended to therapeutically through brief and long-term interventions. The course will provide contexts to your work, from different perspectives that will enable you to consider more complex needs than is possible during initial Counselling and Psychotherapy training. Whatever your chosen focus of practice, each module will challenge you to extend your ability to critically inform the rationales for your work with clients at an advanced level.


This award is aimed at meeting the needs of qualified counsellors who have already completed a professional training in counselling. Students select the combination of modules which is best geared to meeting their individual training needs, with the exception of the Research Methods Module which is necessary for completion of the PG Dip and progression to the MSc. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed, particularly:

• Didactic lecturing
• Experiential workshops
• Experiential group work


• Counselling & Psychotherapy for Children & Young People
• Working psychotherapeutically with long-term needs
• Brief & Solution Focused Therapies
• Research Methods
• Dissertation


Evaluation takes the form of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments enable students to gauge their learning and development during the course of each module and to prepare them for summative assessment. Formative assessments vary from module to module and include peer and tutor review and feedback on development of written work both in class and electronically online. The learning is experientially driven and enquiry-led, with opportunities review of assimilation of knowledge, critical skills and conceptualisations. Formative assessment is conducted via a range of methods such as quizzes and tests, and face-to-face and online discussion groups.

Summative assessment strategies will include:

• Written essays addressing issues of theory and practice
• Portfolios addressing issues of theory and practice
• Presentations (including poster presentations) addressing issues of theory and practice
• Supervised research dissertation

Career Prospects

This post-qualifying course will enable you to conduct advanced studies into Counselling and Psychotherapy which, in turn, will enhance your career prospects. Study of counselling and psychotherapy at this level could lead you to posts such as Specialist or Senior Counsellor, Counselling Service Manager, as well as academic careers. Because the course focuses on a range of perspectives, this could support you in contributing to the field of health and social health in a range of ways and with higher level contextual awareness. Following successful completion of the course you may also consider studying for a PhD.

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

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally 2:2 Hons degree or equivalent. Evidence of professional membership (BACP/UKCP or equivalent) and currently in practice as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist. You will need to have a professional qualification in counselling or psychotherapy. Year 2 - Entry with credits degree and evidence of professional membership, currently in practice as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and:Either: Up to 60 credits of M-Level modules that are related to Counselling/Psychotherapy OR being an accredited member of professional body and currently in practice. Year 3 - MSc entry PGDip in Counselling, evidence of current professional membership, currently in practice as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist.

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