MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice
Due to the continued success and high demand for places on this course, we are now accepting applications for entry in September 2017.
Join a diverse and professional community that has a person-centred experiential approach at the very heart of what we do. We are a team with a unique blend of practice and academic backgrounds and experience. View more about the history of the course.
We specialise in Counselling for Children and Young People and Adults Across the Lifespan. Our exciting programme is flexible and covers all areas of practice. The programme prepares you for work as a practitioner in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. Find out more about Person-Centered Experiential Counselling.
The course is available to study two years full-time or four years part-time.
You may find it helpful to view our frequently asked questions.
We run a seminar series linked with this course. View our upcoming seminars.
Why choose our MA?
On our programme you will:
- engage creatively with issues in contemporary society
- choose between two specialisms, Counselling for Adults across the Lifespan (AAL) and Counselling for Children and Young People (CYP)
- belong to a vibrant counselling and psychotherapy community
- study in a world class university with an award winning sustainable environment
You will benefit from:
- a 40 year tradition of counselling training at The University of Nottingham
- leading scholars and practitioners in the field of counsellor training
- developing within a growth oriented experiential learning environment
- access to superb learning resources and leading research
On completion of the course you:
- will leave with an internationally recognised counselling qualification
- may become a leader in the field of counselling working in education, schools, health, community, private and public sectors
- will meet requirements to become a counsellor with accreditation
- will be prepared for doctoral studies in counselling and psychotherapy
Completion of the MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice programme can be used towards meeting the required number of training hours for individual accreditation with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
The programme starts in September and the taught element can be taken over two years full-time or four years part-time, there is then an eight month dissertation period. Teaching takes place on a Tuesday and Wednesday from 1.30pm-6pm with occasional attendance required at weekends. You can view a sample timetable but please note this is subject to change.
Assessments include written essays, case studies, presentations and a portfolio. Find out more about our Experiential Learning Methods.
There are two specialist pathways to gain the MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy - Adults Across the Lifespan or Children and Young People.
On qualifying you are eligible to join the Counselling and Psychotherapy Associates (CAPA), University of Nottingham, whilst building up your hours of practice. On reaching accredited status, full membership as an Associate is conferred.
The course provides a seamless experience from beginner to qualified practitioner and is open to graduates of any subject that want to train to as a person-centred experiential counsellor and psychotherapist. As a graduate you are not required to have prior experience in counselling or psychotherapy. The course ensures that you will develop all the skills required.
For entry to the course you would normally be expected to hold an honours degree at 2:2 level or above, or its international equivalent. You will also be required to evidence experience in a helping or supporting role over one year. This can be in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
We will interview all applicants to the programme that meet our entry requirements.
We will consider applications from people that do not have a degree. Entry to the course without a degree requires you to have a Level 4 Diploma and two years' experience as a counsellor or psychotherapist, or similar experience in a closely related professional role, and completion of a 3,000 word essay.
You will also require a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) prior to commencement of the course.
If your first language is not English, you must achieve either:
- an overall score on the IELTS test* of at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element
- a pass with Merit on a preparation course at the Centre for English Language Education, University of Nottingham
*Please note IELTS test scores have a shelf life of two years. You are required to have a current and valid IELTS test score for entry to this course.
How to apply
Please go to the University's How to Apply webpages for further information.
To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following deadline applies:
|Mode of study||Students||Start date||Application deadline|
|Part-time and full-time||Home/EU and international||26 September 2016||1 September (full-time international students must apply by 11 August 2016)|
|To be taken by all students||Developing Person-Centred Experiential Theory||30|
|To be taken by all students||Developing Professional Practice and Skills||30|
|To be taken by all students||Advancing Person-Centred Experiential Theory||30|
|To be taken by all students||Advancing Professional Practice and Skills||30|
|Module for Children and Young People pathway||The Lives of Children and Young People: systems, contexts and approaches||60|
|Modules for Adults Across the Lifespan pathway||Power, Politics and Socio-Cultural World||60|
|To be taken by all students||Dissertation and Research Methods||60|
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Last updated September 12, 2016