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.
Following successful completion of the PG Diploma, students can proceed to the final Masters stage where you’ll have the opportunity to choose between conducting research and delivering a professional project in the community.
Dissertation – You will learn about the different research methods which help develop knowledge about consultative supervision. You will then put this into action in your own choice of research project, on a topic relevant to integrative counselling and psychotherapy. You will be allocated a personal supervisor to provide expert guidance, advice and support. This route is ideal for those wanting to develop a career in research.
Professional Project – You will design, deliver and evaluate an innovative pilot project in the community, either in a charity or public sector setting. You’ll follow the planning process required by the Big Lottery, and you’ll also learn how to work therapeutically with groups. This route is ideal for those wishing to develop their careers into project management or self-employment.
The Masters stage consists of six days teaching, one day of peer learning, and nine hours of project supervision.
This psychotherapy masters runs over seven Mondays (9.30 to 4.30), from September 2019 to August 2020. You will also be required to attend monthly supervision meetings, to be arranged flexibly.
- Induction – 30th September
- Conducting your Literature Review – 7th October
- Student presentations – 4th November
- Project planning / Research overview – 2nd December
- Working with groups / Qualitative analysis – 6th January
- Facilitating training / Quantitative analysis – 3rd February
- Monitoring and evaluation / Conceptual analysis – 2nd March
The Masters research and dissertation stage does not have a requirement for practice hours but most students will remain in practice, developing their experience and building the hours to achieve personal BACP accreditation. There may be voluntary and/or occasional paid opportunities for practice in the University’s community counselling service.
Former students from the course have enhanced their career profile within their current employment or found new positions in the voluntary sector, in health settings, in Higher or Further Education, in Employment Assistance Programmes (EAPs), in business and in private practice. It is also possible to undertake further specialised training in order to work with children and young people, or to apply for a research PhD.