The Counselling and Therapeutic Practice degree oﬀers the learning and training you need to become a professional integrative counsellor. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills and experience to provide counselling across all age ranges, from children and young people to adults. You will study a range of traditional ‚talking therapies’, as well as creative and contemporary approaches such as online counselling.
Work placements are an important part of this counselling degree and will fully prepare you for the start of your career. You’ll have placements in every year of the course, including 150 hours of supervised professional practice. This meets placement criteria for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
The University of South Wales has strong links with a wide range of local counselling agencies, employers and counselling services such as the USW Therapy Centre to provide you with the supervised practice hours required.
Melody Cranbourne-Rosser is an HCPC Registered Applied Psychologist and BACP/NCS Registered Counsellor.
Her overarching theoretical orientation is Humanistic/Transpersonal and she has undertaken psychotherapeutic training in transpersonal psychology, systemic practice, and creative arts therapies.
What you will study
Year One: Counselling and Therapeutic Practice Degree
- Introduction to Counselling – An introduction to professional skills, ethics and law in the counselling context and how these are used within the therapeutic relationship in a range of mainstream therapies. This module is also designed to stimulate your understanding of yourself and how you relate to others and help you develop your reflective practice.
- Counselling Children and Young People – An understanding of child and adolescent development, the formation of a young person’s identity, and developing a therapeutic relationship with children and young people.
- Academic Skills for Practice-Focused Learning – Developing your academic skills and understanding recent research findings to support your developing practice.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing – Understanding mental health and wellbeing from different perspectives. An introduction to common mental health difficulties and how to work with these.
Year Two Modules: Counselling and Therapeutic Practice Degree
- Integrative Practice – Building on your learning from Year One, you will study professional practice skills such as writing case notes and using supervision, and apply your knowledge of ethics and law in the professional counselling context. You will continue to develop your reflective practice through personal development and provide evidence through an increasing portfolio. You will develop your use of an integrative model, which involves using different counselling approaches to meet the specific needs of your individual clients. You will develop a sound working knowledge of integrating a range of short term, change-orientated helping skills.
- Counselling Children and Young People – Expanding your understanding and skills in working therapeutically with children and young people.
- Working Creatively – Using creative ways of working therapeutically with clients across the lifespan.
- Counselling Older Adults – Developing your knowledge of older adults and honing your skills to work with this client group.
Year Three: Counselling and Therapeutic Practice Degree
- Integrative Practice – Enhancing your application of legal and ethical frameworks and professional practice to demonstrate your emerging competence. Consolidating your model of therapeutic work, demonstrating your understanding and growing competence in therapeutic work.
- Counselling Children and Young People – Critically reflecting on your developing practice in counselling children and young people, you will acquire new skills and techniques, and expand your understanding of different contexts for this work.
- Online Counselling – An introduction to a rapidly developing area of practice in which you will be discovering the difference between counselling face-to-face and counselling online.
- Evidence-Based Practice – You will develop an understanding of the underpinnings of evidence-based practice informing counselling, alongside the skills necessary to critically respond to research evidence and propose an approach to undertaking a small scale research project.
The course will be submitted for accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) once it has completed one cycle of delivery. The University has three Counselling and Psychotherapy courses accredited by the BACP. See further details of all Counselling and Psychotherapy courses available at USW.
You will undertake placements in every year of the counselling course including 150 hours of supervised professional practice, which will fully prepare you for your counselling career.
USW has long-standing partnerships with public, private and voluntary sector organisations and you will have the opportunity to apply to any of these organisations as part of your placement experience. In addition, USW Therapy Centre, is a service run by USW for people in the local area, which provides an excellent opportunity for placement experience on-campus. You may also be able to apply for a placement in the USW school-based counselling service NISBCS.
You will need to organise your own placements as part of your professional development. The Therapeutic Studies teaching and placement staff will help identify and check possible placement providers and will support you throughout your placement.
Facilities for students on our counselling courses in Newport include a suite of rooms for one-to-one skills practice. These are also used by our in-house counselling service, which can also offer work experience opportunities.
We have specialist resources for online counselling techniques, plus dedicated video recording facilities to support all your skills development in class, in private study time and for assessments. Students also have full access to library resources across all USW campuses.
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