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Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Master Integrative Counselling

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  • Objectives
    This course is relevant to people who wish to qualify and pursue a career as a professional counsellor. Those who successfully complete the course and the relevant number of personal therapy and supervised practice hours, will be eligible to apply for individual professional accreditation as a counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Accreditation is at BACP's discretion.** The course is designed to enable you to develop as a reflective practitioner. The training provides opportunities to develop and integrate theoretical knowledge, counselling skills, personal awareness and capabilities as well as clinical competence and experience. To maximise your potential, a varied teaching and learning approach is adopted, involving interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials, counselling skills training, student-led individual and group presentations, supervision groups, a counselling placement, an experiential personal development group, independent study and a reflective journal. You are given ongoing, constructive feedback from tutors, peers and supervisors, and are constantly required to self-appraise your work and development.
  • Entry requirements
    -an Honours degree (at least a 2.2), or lower level qualification together with appropriate experience, or substantial related experience alone** -previous training in counselling skills of at least 100 hours -ability to make use of, and reflect upon life experience -capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the course -ability to form a helping relationship and work experience (paid/unpaid) involving significant use of interpersonal or counselling skills -ability to be self-critical and engage in constructive feedback process -some awareness of equal opportunities issues and their impact on helping relationships -you must also be at least 25 years old -proficiency in the English language. If English is not your first language, you will require an IELTS 6.5 minimum with a minimum score of 6 in all components, TOEFL (old examination) 630, TOEFL (new examination) 267 or equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MA Integrative Counselling
  • Course description
    Course structure

    The course consists of three modules in the first year and three modules plus the
    dissertation module in the second year.

    Year one modules:

    -Theoretical Perspectives
    -Counsellor Competencies and Attitudes
    -Clinical Case Management

    Year two modules:

    -Theoretical Perspectives
    -Therapeutic Skills and Reflective Practice
    -Supervised Clinical Placement
    -Research Dissertation

    You will need to gain 100 supervised client hours in order to complete this module; some trainees extend beyond the two-year time frame of the taught course, in order to complete the clinical hours. By the end of this module you will also have completed at least 40 hours of your own personal counselling.

    Assessment
    Assessment methods include ''live'' and video-taped counselling skills practice sessions, supervisor''s reports, a reflective learning journal, a professional log, essays, case studies, a creative presentation, a group presentation and contributions to the training group. Support in developing skills to complete assignments is offered through the University''s Learning Centres.

    Career opportunities / professional status
    Previous graduates of the course have gained paid employment in a range of contexts including Higher Education, social services, schools, NHS, LGBT organisations and voluntary agencies. The course has been designed in line with BACP course requirements and it provides eligibility for the individual accreditation route with the BACP.**

    Attendance & duration
    Part-time: two years, Wed afternoon & evening (1.00pm-8.00pm), three Saturday workshops each year, plus a weekly three-hour clinical placement fortnightly two-hour supervision groups weekly personal counselling (min. 40 hours during the course)

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