MSc 180 credits (part-time)
PgDip 120 credits (part-time)
The overall aim of the programme is to offer a sufficiently safe, supportive and challenging learning environment that will enable students to develop and demonstrate those personal qualities and professional skills deemed necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person-centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships.
The programme aims to enable students to:
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The Postgraduate Diploma runs over two academic years and provides 400 student/tutor contact hours covering theory, observed practice, personal development, and group supervision. Programme members are required to complete at least 180 hours of supervised counselling practice within a suitable practice setting prior to graduation.
The programme comprises 4 courses:
Course 1 - Foundations of Person-Centred Counselling
Course 2 - Therapeutic Process in Person-Centred Counselling
Course 3 - Development of Professional Counselling Practice
Course 4 - Reflexivity and Professional Enquiry
Although the programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive and integrated experience. The programme has four strands running throughout and linking the separate courses:
• Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process
• Counselling Theory and Research
• Personal Development
• Professional Development
The Master’s stage of the programme consists of the participation on the ‘Work Based Project and Dissertation Course’ (WBP&D). The WBP&D course supports the student to frame, specify, plan, carry out and report an academic or work-related research-based investigation or development to complete a Master’s degree.
A significant aim of the course is to support and encourage the development of 'reflective practitioners’, able to offer and use constructive feedback. Throughout the programme peer feedback and self-assessment will be encouraged and course members together with tutors and supervisors will be involved in the various assessment processes. Through the process of self, peer, and tutor assessments, the programme members will have the opportunity to realise and understand the impact of their personal power and responsibility in the process of becoming recognised as professional counsellors.
The contexts for continuous self-appraisal are provided through the participation in personal development groups, observed practice sessions, supervision and study groups, as well as through the discussion of tutors’ and peers’ feedback on written assignments and group presentations.
Applicants will normally be graduates or able to provide evidence that they can work at postgraduate level. They must have previous relevant counselling experience and/or introductory skills level training and be able to undertake counselling practice in their workplace setting or other appropriate agency.
Prospective applicants should submit a completed application form and attend an individual interview.
The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE). For more information see www.abdn.ac.uk/international/english-requirements
180h (COSCA) / 200h (BACP) supervised practice over 2 years, 1h or more of supervision per 6h of client work is required, cost per hour £20-50.
Factors to also consider:
For funding opportunities, prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
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