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Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Expert teaching

Taught by staff in professional practice

Integrative approach

Draws on a range of established psychotherapeutic approaches

BACP accredited

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredits Diploma

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
16 September 2019
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Our Psychotherapeutic Counselling MSc will develop you into a reflexive counsellor who can work effectively with clients on a diverse range of issues.

As anxiety, stress and various associated conditions become increasingly common in today’s hectic world, more and more people are recognising the benefits of counselling.

Taking an integrative approach, this course will help you to develop a range of psychotherapeutic strategies – and enable you to begin to call on your own life experiences – to help your clients better understand their feelings and overcome the challenges they face.

On successful completion of study, you'll receive the following award:

MSc Psychotherapeutic Counselling

On successful completion of study, you'll receive the following award:

PgDip Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Course content

You’ll be taught five different counselling approaches:

  • Person-centred
  • Cognitive behavioural
  • Psychodynamic
  • Attachment
  • Systemic

You’ll also be encouraged to reflect on your own integrative approach as it develops over the course.

You’ll need to undertake a counselling placement of at least 100 hours and at least 20 hours of approved personal therapy.

You’ll attend a compulsory residential weekend at the start of the course which offers space to focus on personal development, skills and group dynamics in a tranquil setting.

There are also two compulsory Saturday day schools in both Year 1 and Year 2.

You’ll be assigned a supervisor with experience in the particular area and method of counselling research that you’re interested in.

You’ll be taught five different counselling approaches:

  • Person-centred
  • Cognitive behavioural
  • Psychodynamic
  • Attachment
  • Systemic

You’ll also be encouraged to reflect on your own integrative approach as it develops over the course.

You’ll need to undertake a counselling placement of at least 100 hours and at least 20 hours of approved personal therapy.

You’ll attend a compulsory residential weekend at the start of the course which offers space to focus on personal development, skills and group dynamics in a tranquil setting.

There are also two compulsory Saturday day schools in both Year 1 and Year 2.

You’ll be assigned a supervisor with experience in the particular area and method of counselling research that you’re interested in.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

The Diploma is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020. The range of modules available, and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Theory Research & Professional Issues in Counselling 1
Personal Development & Counselling Skills 1
Year 2 compulsory modules
Theory Research & Professional Issues in Counselling 2
Personal Development & Counselling Skills 2
Year 3 compulsory modules
Research Proposal
Dissertation

Entry requirements

You must obtain a counselling placement involving a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counselling practice during the course.

Your emotional maturity and resilience will be assessed as part of the application and interview process.

PgDip

You must have a good Honours degree in Counselling / Psychology and Counselling, and a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).

If your degree is in an unrelated subject, you’ll need to have at least a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling.

MSc

You must have a good Honours degree in Counselling / Psychology and Counselling. Applications are also welcomed from those with the required counselling qualifications.

If your degree is in an unrelated subject, you’ll need to have at least a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling.

You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent).

University Certificate in Counselling

If you don’t meet the requirements to study at MSc/PgDip level, you may be interested in our University Certificate in Counselling, which is studied part-time over one year.

For students who are not equipped to begin Certificate-level study and have little or no counselling experience, a 10-week Introduction to Basic Skills in Counselling course is also available. Successful completion of the Introduction will enable you to apply to enrol on the Certificate.

You must obtain a counselling placement involving a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counselling practice during the course.

Your emotional maturity and resilience will be assessed as part of the application and interview process.

PgDip

You must have a good Honours degree in Counselling / Psychology and Counselling, and a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).

If your degree is in an unrelated subject, you’ll need to have at least a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling.

MSc

You must have a good Honours degree in Counselling / Psychology and Counselling. Applications are also welcomed from those with the required counselling qualifications.

If your degree is in an unrelated subject, you’ll need to have at least a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling.

You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent).

University Certificate in Counselling

If you don’t meet the requirements to study at MSc/PgDip level, you may be interested in our University Certificate in Counselling, which is studied part-time over one year.

For students who are not equipped to begin Certificate-level study and have little or no counselling experience, a 10-week Introduction to Basic Skills in Counselling course is also available. Successful completion of the Introduction will enable you to apply to enrol on the Certificate.

Facilities

Careers

When you’ve completed the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc plus 450 client hours, you can apply to the BACP to become an accredited counsellor.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Teaching includes formal lectures, small and large group work, triads, discussions, guided reading, video presentations, demonstrations and counselling sessions. During the training, you’ll take on the role of both counsellor and client, and explore your own reflexivity and self-awareness. In Year 2, with permission, there will be the opportunity to review audio recordings of actual practitioner-client sessions.

You’ll be required to critique an audio recording of a client on placement as part of the skills portfolio assessment. 

Teaching includes formal lectures, small and large group work, triads, discussions, guided reading, video presentations, demonstrations and counselling sessions. During the training, you’ll take on the role of both counsellor and client, and explore your own reflexivity and self-awareness. In Year 2, with permission, there will be the opportunity to review audio recordings of actual practitioner-client sessions.

You’ll be required to critique an audio recording of a client on placement as part of the skills portfolio assessment. 

Assessment

Among other activities, during Years 1 and 2 assessments include essays and presentations on ethics, theory, skills critiques and personal development activities. In Year 2 you’ll also be assessed on your critique of audio from an actual client session. In Year 3, you’ll be assessed on your research proposal and dissertation.

Among other activities, during Years 1 and 2 assessments include essays and presentations on ethics, theory, skills critiques and personal development activities. In Year 2 you’ll also be assessed on your critique of audio from an actual client session. In Year 3, you’ll be assessed on your research proposal and dissertation.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

You’ll receive constructive feedback on all work submitted for assessment. Feedback is intended to help you learn and develop, and you’re encouraged to discuss it with your personal tutor. You’ll be continually assessed on your skills during the triad sessions.

Feedback is normally provided within 20 working days following submission of work.

You’ll receive constructive feedback on all work submitted for assessment. Feedback is intended to help you learn and develop, and you’re encouraged to discuss it with your personal tutor. You’ll be continually assessed on your skills during the triad sessions.

Feedback is normally provided within 20 working days following submission of work.

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Mode of study
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£2,535 per year of study

For the course starting on 9 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Mode of study
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£2,535 per year of study

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay the same fee for each year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MSc
Part-time
16 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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