The MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy has been designed as professional qualification for those seeking a career as a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist working in the statutory and voluntary sectors, in business or private practice.
This postgraduate counselling course emphasises the integration of theory, research, practice, and self-awareness to help you develop and train to become a competent and ethically-sound counsellor.
What you will study
The core integrative model taught is based on the relational pluralistic approach, comprising of three main elements: The Contemporary Relational Psychodynamic Approach, a Humanistic-Existential approach and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.
Integrative Counselling Theory and Practice: Introduces the core model of the course (Relational and Pluralistic) and provides foundation theory and skills in humanistic/existential counselling practice – 20 credits
Applied Integrative Counselling Theory and Practice: Introduces foundation theory and skills of relational psychodynamic and psychosynthesis counselling. Students begin to learn to integrate approaches in applied practice with client issues – 20 credits
Personal and Professional Development: This module runs throughout the year and places emphasis on personal and professional development, group work and skills practice within a sound ethical framework – 20 credits
Advanced Integrative Theory and Skills Practice: Introduces foundation theory and skills of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and third wave approaches, such as mindfulness and ACT. The module also offers an overview of mental health and how the theories taught on the course can be integrated and applied to practice – 20 credits
Advanced Applied Practice: The emphasis of this module is on integration and applied practice: showing students how the core integrative model taught can be used to work ethically with the range of client issues typically found in professional counselling practice. There is also a focus on developing research skill through the completion of a small-scale research project – 20 credits
Advanced Personal Development and Counselling Practice: This module runs throughout the year and places emphasis on personal development group work and skills practice within a sound ethical framework.
In the final year, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between conducting an academic research dissertation and delivering a professional practice project in the community. Whichever you choose, it will need to be on a topic relevant to Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
You will learn about a range of appropriate research, evaluation and project management methodologies and methods to support you in the development, implementation and completion of your final submission. You will be allocated a personal academic supervisor or project mentor to provide expert guidance, advice and support through the process
Classes include interactive theoretical lectures, experiential workshops, reflective practice groups, role plays, skills groups, and digital recording of skills sessions for assessment and presentations.
In addition, you will need to be in placement seeing ‘real’ clients and will have to complete a minimum of 100 hours of counselling practice by the end of your 2nd year.
There is a BACP requirement that you should have fortnightly supervision for your counselling practice and a minimum of 1.5 hours of supervision per month.
Years One and Two are taught over approximately 34 days each academic year which include weekend delivery.
We expect that students attend all teaching sessions, and there is a minimum requirement of 80% attendance in order to complete the course successfully.
In Year Three there are seven days of tutor facilitated teaching and learning and nine hours of direct dissertation supervision.
A range of assessments are used to test your knowledge, skills, self-awareness and practice ability.
Year One: Essays, skills assessments, a professional practice portfolio, and a personal development review.
Year Two: Essay, skills assessment, a research proposal, a case study, a professional practice portfolio and a case discussion activity.
Year Three: 17,000-word Dissertation for summative assessment. There will also be formative assessment opportunities set throughout the year that support your progression towards your final Dissertation submission.
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