The course offers a comprehensive selection of topics on talking therapies, interventions and professional practice.
The core areas include:
- The pluralistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy
- A range of theoretical approaches to counselling, such as Person Centred and Experiential, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Existential, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies
- Practice skills in working with clients, and professional skills for working in counselling contexts
- Personal development and self-awareness
- Evidence-based practice and research methods
- Ethical and professional issues in counselling
These core areas are covered in increasing depth over the three years of the programme. In addition you will have the opportunity to take part in workshops to introduce and develop your understanding of mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, addictions, and eating disorders, along with specific approaches such as solution-focussed therapies, and mindfulness.
In combination with the one day a week attendance on campus, in year 2 and 3 you will take a placement as a counsellor as an essential part of your professional training.
Assessment is through a range of methods including case-studies, theory essays, literature reviews, practice observations, and reflective accounts, along with reports from supervisors and practice placement.
Assessment tasks are integrated in to the course and spread through the three years.
Formative assessment is ongoing and the programme team provide feedback on practice skills and activities in class.