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MSc/MA Relationship Therapy


Course Description

MSc Relationship Therapy

This is a two-year programme, validated by the University of Hull. Entry to the programme is open to students who have completed the Post-graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy (or equivalent) who wish to extend their post-graduate studies to gain an MSc.

After successfully completing the programme students will:

Have gained an advanced knowledge and understanding of relationship therapy
Have conducted a piece of research in the field of systemic therapy, psychodynamic therapy or human sexuality
Be equipped to work in either the voluntary sector or as an independent practitioner in the field of relationship therapy.

The programme begins with ten days of attendance at University Centre Doncaster, High Melton, and is arranged in two 3 day, and two 2 day blocks during the first semester. In the second semester students will work on a small research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor, submitting a short report of their study at the end of the semester.

Students will then embark on a larger research study, submitting a dissertation in the July of the second year of the programme. During the two years of the programme students will be expected to maintain a clinical practice which will receive a credit rating, and to attend a total of 6 events from the Relate Institute programme of Continuing Professional Development days (CPD), or relevant external events. These are paid for separately.

MSc Relationship Therapy Course Structure

In year one of the programme there are three modules of 20 credits each at level 7.

Module 1: Research methodology
Module 2: Research project
Module 3: Clinical placement and practice issues

In year two there are two modules as follows:

Module 4: Research dissertation of 20,000 words (+/- 10%) accruing 20 credits at level 7
Module 5: Clinical placement and practice issues, accruing 40 credits at level 7

MA in Relationship Therapy

This is a three-year programme, validated by the University of Hull and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). On completion, students will be fully equipped and qualified to work with couples, families and individuals on relationship issues.

The first year of the programme examines both systemic and psychodynamic theory together with notions of human sexuality and how these ideas support relationship therapy. Year two extends the theory base and looks in detail at the relevance it has for specific concerns often presenting in relationship therapy. A particular strength of the programme is the emphasis on integrating these two theoretical models. Integration will be the principal focus of the first module in the third year. The second module will consider practitioner research.

It provides a route for people who want a practice focus in year 3 rather than a research project.

After successfully completing the programme students will:

Have gained an advanced knowledge and understanding of relationship therapy from the perspectives of systemic therapy, psychodynamic theory and human sexuality.

Be equipped to work in either the voluntary sector or as an independent practitioner in the field of relationship therapy.

The taught element of the programme is nine* two-day blocks in each of the first two years and eight two day blocks in the third year. Each day begins at 9.30am and ends at 5pm. Students will also undertake a placement, normally at a Relate Centre, of 150 hours of supervised clinical practice over the three years. The clinical placement runs alongside the taught element in each year.

In addition to the taught programme, in each year students will be required to attend three events from the Relate programme of Professional Development days (CPD), or relevant external events. These are paid for separately.

*Ten two day blocks in the first year for those without previous experience of couple counselling.

MA in Relationship Therapy Course Structure

In each of the first two years of the programme there are three modules of 20 credits each at level 7.

Module 1 and 4: A systemic approach to relationship therapy
Module 2 and 5: A psychodynamic approach to relationship therapy
Module 3 and 6: Human sexuality & an integrated approach to relationship therapy

In the third year of the programme there are 2 modules of 30 credits each at level 7

Module 7: Adopting an integrated approach to practice
Module 8: Qualitative research in relation to practice.

Teaching

The programmes use a variety of methods. These include formal lectures, structured skills development and practice, workshops and programme group meetings. As this programme is a clinical programme, there is a strong emphasis on practical and experiential work, including Personal and Professional Development groups.

An essential aspect of the Relate Institute approach to learning and teaching is the importance we place on student feedback and evaluation. We try to incorporate students’ ideas whenever practicable and appropriate within the programme structure and philosophy.

Assessment

Assessment is by written assignments that are designed to assess students’ theoretical understanding and conduct a research project.

There is an annual supervisor’s report and students will be required to submit a Professional Portfolio.

Students are required to adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.

Entry Requirements

MSc: The Post-graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy (or equivalent) or access to a practice base in a Relate Centre or other approved clinical setting. MA: A counselling skills qualification at level 2 or 3, or similar suitable counselling skills training. A first degree or equivalent academic achievement at level 6. Access to a practice base in a Relate Centre or other approved clinical setting.All successful applicants will be required to have undergone the appropriate DBS (Disclosure Barring Agency) checks as requested by the Placement Centre.

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