• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Student
    Support

Course Overview

The course is modular, taking place over a 10 month period in each year, with nine blocks per year.

Clinical placements will be in an approved clinical setting and involve a minimum of 150 hours of practice over the three years.

BACP course approval will be sought following their guidelines once the first cohort has successfully completed the programme of study.

We aim to offer two venues for study per year, either at  University Centre  Doncaster or at Birkbeck College in London*.

Students are expected to organise their own supervision whilst on placement.

*There will be a venue surcharge for courses taking place outside University Centre Doncaster.

This programme aims to

  • Provide an advanced professional training at Post-graduate level
  • Provide a contemporary framework for theoretically informed practice-based training
  • Provide an innovative theoretical training which integrates practice and clinical supervision
  • Develop practitioners’ ability for independent learning
  • Develop practitioners’ professional skills in order to work creatively with a wide variety of clinical presentations, drawn from a wide variety of social contexts
  • Integrate a wide range of theoretical concepts, research and thinking with the principles of counselling and therapy
  • Develop and broaden practitioners’ reflexivity in working ethically with a diverse range of clients, striving to overcome internal biases
  • Enhance employability in statutory and voluntary sectors, as well as independent practice
  • Meet BACP professional requirements

This programme is designed to provide theoretical knowledge and practice based skills in order to enable students to develop into sophisticated practitioners using a wide range of counselling skills and techniques, as well as a promoting a reflexive and ethical stance.

A variety of teaching and learning strategies are used, such as formal and interactive lectures, group activities and practice based learning.

 

Students will complete a self-evaluation form after each block of training, which will be used in supervision and enable dialogue between training staff and supervisors.

 

Key topics and foci of study are set to support the development of students as congruent, reflexive practitioners, able to work effectively in a variety of settings and a diverse client base.

As part of the course requirements, students will be expected to attend three CPD days per annum. This can be from the UCD CPD portfolio and/or any relevant BACP/AFT/COSRT approved training workshops and conferences.

Whilst on the course students will be granted access to the comprehensive online resources of the University Centre Doncaster Learning Resource Centre.

On successful completion of this programme students will have:

  • Have demonstrated the complex theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to work in practice with clients
  • Have developed sophisticated methods of practice based on planned interventions and have evaluated the outcomes through case work and experiential learning, using the multiple contexts of reflexivity
  • Have shown a highly critical understanding of sexuality, gender and sexual diversity and their impacts on relationships and have demonstrated the ability to work ethically with a wide range of clients in contemporary practice
  • Have evidenced an insightful understanding of the impact on relationships of the wider social context, especially in respect of gender, race, class, religion, sexual orientation and disability
  • Have demonstrated and developed an enhanced working knowledge of theories as applied to families and group work in order to work effectively within their competence in a family or group setting
  • Have developed and demonstrated an increased ability to work on practice based research projects
  • Have shown evidence of advanced competence in wider approaches to therapeutic and research models, the use of supervision and self-care, using the multiple contexts of reflexivity
  • Have evidenced a sophisticated ability to work with diverse and complex presentations in contemporary practice
Level
Level 7
Duration
3 years part-time
Awarding Body
University of Hull
Course Fees
£3,500 per year
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Units and Structure

Year 1, Postgraduate Certificate stage, Human Development

Consists of three modules,

  1. Theoretical Concepts
  2. Effecting Change
  3. Culture and Context

They will introduce students to the therapeutic relationship, ethics and safeguarding. Students will familiarise themselves with systemic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural theoretical concepts (attachment and loss, transference and counter transference, neutrality and curiosity, solution focused interventions and CBT principles). Culture and context, feminist approaches, oppression and sexual identities will inform the third module and there will be an emphasis on the use of reflexivity and supervision throughout.

Year 2, Postgraduate Diploma stage, Human Relationships

The Diploma stage builds on the theoretical and experiential knowledge gained in the first year, Certificate stage.

Students will be introduced to more complex theoretical concepts in the first module, as well as deepening their knowledge of supervision, child protection and safeguarding.

  1. Theory with more than one person will explore the Domains of Action, Transactional analysis principles, Object Relations and the impact of Social Media.
  2. Working with couples and sexual relationships will include couple fit, managing conflict, Domestic Abuse, adult attachment, affairs and working with a sexual focus.
  3. Working with groups and families will build on the two previous modules and explore the complex issues facing families and the principles of group work. Research approaches will feature in this module to plan ahead towards year three’s assessments.

Year 3, Masters stage Developing Practitioner, Developing Practice

Modules are mapped to learning outcomes associated with each stage with the students being given the opportunity to consolidate and build on their learning from earlier stages when they reach the Masters stage.

  1. Advancing Practice:

The first module of the final year will comprise a blend of foci on research and integrative practice, including the introduction of coaching skills as therapeutic interventions.

  1. Contemporary Therapeutic Challenges:

This will continue the theme of the third year which is to blend research work with contemporary issues in relationship work.

  1. Therapeutic Challenges and Beyond:

The approach will be shared between the dissertation and personal and professional issues, carrying on the overall theme of integration/blending theory and practice.

Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of methods such as case presentations and written assignments that are designed to assess the development of the student’s understanding, development and competence as a reflexive practitioner, working safely and ethically in a wide range of settings and contexts. Students are required to keep a journal and submit a portfolio, together with a supervisor’s report, at the end of each year.

Students are required to adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

Prospective students must have:

  • Degree or evidence of academic achievement at Level 6 or APEL
  • Evidence of counselling qualification, including face to face supervised clinical practice OR
  • Evidence of relevant equivalent training within the counselling field
  • Access to a practice base in an approved clinical setting, such as a counselling organisation or a primary care trust
  • Competence in the use of IT and regular access to the Internet

Selection process

Applicants satisfying the entry requirements will attend an interview with the Course Director and members of the teaching staff.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

More about this course...

Course Dates

September 2017 start – London

Birkbeck College (Bloomsbury Campus)

*Venue surcharge applies

Block Dates
1 14 & 15 September
2 26 & 27 October
3 16 & 17 November
4 04 & 05 January 2018
5 01 & 02 February
6 22 & 23 March
7 17 & 18 May
8 21 & 22 June
9 19 & 20 July

9.30am to 5pm

January 2018 start –  Doncaster

University Centre Doncaster

 

Block Dates
123/01/2018 & 30/01/2018
220/02/2018 & 27/02/2018
320/03/2018 & 27/03/2018
417/04/2018 & 24/04/2018
515/05/2018 & 22/05/2018
612/06/2018 & 19/06/2018
7-8-9 TBA

9.30am to 5pm

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You'll need to have:

Prospective students must have:

  • Degree or evidence of academic achievement at Level 6 or APEL
  • Evidence of counselling qualification, including face to face supervised clinical practice OR
  • Evidence of relevant equivalent training within the counselling field
  • Access to a practice base in an approved clinical setting, such as a counselling organisation or a primary care trust
  • Competence in the use of IT and regular access to the Internet

Selection process

Applicants satisfying the entry requirements will attend an interview with the Course Director and members of the teaching staff.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


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