MSc in Counselling Psychology
The MSc. Counselling Psychology programme was developed to meet the growing need for qualified counsellors in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. The programme targets recent university graduates and practitioners who require counselling skills to fulfill their job tasks and provide counselling services to persons in organisations and society. Graduates of the programme will be prepared to pursue successful careers in the field of psychology and teaching at various levels in organisations. The programme is also designed to ensure that students have a competitive advantage for advanced study in psychology. Graduates of the programme will develop counselling, psychological assessment and research skills that will enable them to assist individuals, couples and groups who are facing various mental health issues.
The programme will be delivered on a full-time or part-time basis using a blended format: online and face-to-face. All courses include an online component, which is delivered through Moodle in e-learning. The online component occurs throughout the semester. The face-to-face (residency) component requires students to be present in class from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays for 3 face-to-face weekends per course. Full-time students will complete the programme in four (4) semesters and one (1) summer. Part-time students will complete the programme in six (6) semesters and two (2) summers. The taught component of the programme includes ten (10) courses for the research option and 12 courses for the practice option. Both options include a practicum (0 credits) and an integrative internship and seminar (12 credits). The research option includes a research paper (6 credits).
A total of forty-eight (48) credits are required to complete either programme.
MSC COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAMME – RESEARCH OPTION
This option is for students who are considering going for a doctorate degree in psychology. It requires the completion of a 20,000-word research paper on an issue relevant to the field of psychology. The research paper will ensure that students are involved in conducting empirically sound scholarly research. This also enables students to develop research skills that can be used to address organisational and societal problems related to the therapy needs of individuals. In addition, student research will contribute body of knowledge of psychology and research on psychological issues in the Caribbean. Students who select this option are also adequately prepared for professional practice.
Applicants should have a Bachelor Degree in Psychology, the Behavioural Sciences or a related field. Students who do not have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology should have completed undergraduate courses in Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics.