Examine the philosophy, theories, and research concerning the person-centred approach while developing a deeper understanding of the role counselling plays in society. This degree is grounded in the Person-Centred Counselling MSc but in the final year, it has a different outcome with students studying our Specialist Certificate for Counselling Children and Young People. This certificate can also be completed as a stand-alone course for qualified practitioners.
- Learning Mode
- Blended Learning or On Campus Learning
- Degree Qualification
- Certificate or MSc
- 6 months, 18 months or 36 months
- Study Mode
- Full Time or Part Time
- Start Month
- Location of Study
We are one of only a few Universities that provide professionally accredited studies in Person-centred Counselling. The comprehensive programme combines self-awareness, counselling theory, practice, and research to enable trainee counsellors to engage with therapeutic processes across different counselling relationships.
The programme is validated by COSCA, Scotland professional body for counselling and psychotherapy, and taught by highly qualified, practising counsellors, giving you unrivalled expertise and a supportive environment to advance your knowledge and skills.
Our full-time route allows you to gain an MSc in 18 months, with an option to complete the final 60 credits by undertaking a Dissertation/Counselling Related Research Study, or a combination of a shorter Dissertation/Counselling Related Research Study and our Specialist Certificate for Counselling Children and Young People. After completing the programme, you will have the training required to apply for COSCA accreditation as a counsellor or psychotherapist.
We aim to ensure counsellors have the professional skills and competence to work with children and young people ethically and effectively. You will examine the philosophy, theories, and research concerning the person-centred approach, while exploring courses in ethical and professional practice, child protection and safeguarding, child and adolescent development, and working with diversity to develop your professional practice.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake practical assessment at our research centre for Person-Centred Counselling, The Bounds and within school settings, giving you valuable practical experience to build your confidence in the profession.
Available Programmes of Study
- MSc 18 months or 36 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September Aberdeen View
- Stage 1
- Foundations and Therapeutic Process in Person - Centred Counselling (ED50NE)
60 Credit Points
This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills 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. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 1st module of the fulltime counselling programme.View detailed information about this course
- Stage 2
- Development of Professional Practice, Reflexivity and Enquiry (ED55NF)
60 Credit Points
This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills 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. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 2nd module of the fulltime counselling programme.View detailed information about this course
- Masters Dissertation - Person - Centred Counselling (ED59NB)
30 Credit Points
This course will support you to frame, specify, plan, implement and report an academic or work-related research-based investigation or development. The course is available if you have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma and allows you to complete your Masters degree. The work-based project/dissertation course requires sustained independent research and you will receive individual or small group supervision. You will also have the opportunity to engage with workshops and online resources as part of a community of researchers in counselling related areas.View detailed information about this course
- Specialist Certificate for Counselling Children and Young People (ED50SC)
30 Credit Points
A specialist post-graduate certificate /CPD course for counselling children and young people – ages 4 – 18. Following the BACP’s evidence informed framework, to ensure counsellors gain knowledge and competence for working with children and young people in an ethical and effective way. The course content includes ethical and professional practice, child protection and safeguarding, child and adolescent development, working with diversity, measuring and monitoring outcomes and young people’s mental health. The course has a credit bearing award ensuring professional standards are met and applicants must have a professionally validated/accredited qualification in Counselling/Psychotherapy to be accepted on the course.View detailed information about this course
- Certificate 6 months Blended Learning Part Time September Aberdeen View
- Degree Content
A specialist postgraduate certificate /CPD course for counselling children and young people – ages 4 – 18. Following the BACP’s evidence informed framework, to ensure counsellors gain knowledge and competence for working with children and young people in an ethical and effective way. The course content includes ethical and professional practice, child protection and safeguarding, child and adolescent development, working with diversity, measuring and monitoring outcomes and young people’s mental health. The course has a credit bearing award ensuring professional standards are met and applicants must have a professionally validated/accredited qualification in Counselling/Psychotherapy to be accepted on the course .
The course covers the main competencies required for working effectively with children and young people. These include;
- Knowledge of development in young people and of family development and transitions
- Knowledge and understanding of mental health problems in young people
- Professional knowledge of legal frameworks and knowledge of psychopharmacology in work with young people
- Specific competencies for humanistic counselling; helping children and young people work with emotions, by establishing an effective therapeutic relationship and having the ability to use creative methods and play therapy appropriately
- The ability to work with children and young people in all settings
To apply for this certificate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Person-Centred Counselling (Children and Young People)
Specialist Certificate for Counselling Children and Young People
We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
How You'll Study
Throughout the course, peer feedback and self-assessment will be encouraged, a significant aim of the course is to support and encourage the development of ‘reflective practitioners, able to offer and use constructive feedback.
Discussion boards will be part of the course content, along with regular group supervision meetings, offering opportunities to engage and reflect on your learning and personal development.
- Clinical Learning
- Group Projects
- Individual Projects
- Peer Learning
- Professional Placements
We require two summative assessments to be completed successfully for the award of the certificate and 60 client hours logged.
Why Study Person - Centred Counselling (children and Young People)?
- Our aim at Aberdeen is for students to come to know themselves well enough to be able to offer the deep connectedness vital for successful therapeutic relationships
- To develop self-awareness, reflective ability and an in-depth understanding of the person-centred therapeutic process.
- To enhance the wellbeing of people and communities within our society.
- To develop a sound foundation for ethical practice, based on the COSCA Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice.
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
Individuals on this course will need a high level of critical self-awareness and a willingness to reflect on their own process. Readiness to enter a programme which has at its centre the student’s own personal development is desirable. Voluntary or professional experience of support work with adults is also desirable.
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
Applicants will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with a 2:2 or above from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without this qualification may be admitted by achieving Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Please contact the programme director for guidance. Applicants must also prove they have relevant, credit-bearing counselling skills, totalling 60 credits, ideally from completion of Aberdeen University’s Counselling and Listening Skills courses 1 to 4.
Student membership of Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA) is advised and a PVG check and certificate will be required at the start of the programme.
Applicants must have completed a Validated Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy. The preference is for a postgraduate diploma, but undergraduate qualifications will also be considered. It is an advantage for applicants to have had the experience working with children/young people and be open to the humanistic values of this course.
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English Language Requirements
To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59
Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:
OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.
- Degree Transcript
- a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
- Personal Statement
- a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Supervision: A minimum of 17 hours of professional supervision. Reduced rates for students are typically in the region of £30 to £40 per hour, while full supervision rates are in the region of £45 to £60 per hour.
Personal Therapy: Although not a compulsory component of this programme personal therapy is highly recommended. Costs between £30-£80 per session. Some agencies run a donation-based service.
Residential weekend at the Burn – costs available on request.
Additional Fee Information
- Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
- In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
- For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.
The James Carnegie maintenance scholarship for postgraduate students is available with this degree.
Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.
Aberdeen Global Scholarship (EU)
The Aberdeen Global Scholarship is open to European Union (EU) students.
This is a £2,000 tuition fee discount available to eligible self-funded Postgraduate Masters students who are classed as International fee status and are domiciled in the EU, plus another £3,000 discount for eligible Postgraduate Masters students who would have previously been eligible for Home fees (Scottish/EU) fee status.View Aberdeen Global Scholarship
On completion of the validated diploma, students can register as qualified counsellors with professional bodies. There are growing opportunities for employment in the third sector, in Employee Assistance Programme companies and for working in private practice. There are also opportunities in human resources, occupational health and in the NHS as counsellors or wellbeing practitioners.
The Specialist Certificate for Counselling Children and Young People provides evidence of expertise to work with Children and Young People in all settings; Schools, Mental Health Services and Private Practice.
This programme is accredited by COSCA.
Information About Staff Changes
You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
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