MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
You will 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.
We specialise in Counselling for Children and Young People and Adults Across the Lifespan. Our 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.
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
- a seminar series linked with the course
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 Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice MA programme can be used towards meeting the required number of training hours for individual accreditation with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
The programme's taught element can be taken over two years full-time including dissertation or four years part-time plus 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 an example 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 on the Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy MA course: 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.
Children and Young People (CYP) specialist pathway
The MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice provides a specialist pathway for those preparing to work with children and young people. The programme shares core modules with the Adults Across the Lifespan pathway, but also includes one 60-credit specialist module.
This pathway helps students prepare for therapeutic work with children and young people in a range of settings within education such as schools, colleges and university, young people in social care or mental health services or those in youth and criminal justice settings.
- The Lives of Children and Young People: systems, contexts and approaches
The Lives of Children and Young People: systems, contexts and approaches is a year-long specialist pathway module. The module is based on a deep and reflective process of inquiry into the experiences of young people. Using and drawing on personal experiences, media, the arts and artifacts from our social world, a thorough appreciation of the issues facing young people in contemporary society can be generated. This awareness is grounded in and subjected to critical analysis through comparative theory.
Adults Across the Lifespan (AAL) specialist pathway
The MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy provides a specialist pathway for those looking to train for working with adults across the lifespan. The programme shares core modules with the Children and Young People pathway but also includes one 60-credit specialist module.
This pathway helps prepare for working therapeutically with adults across the lifespan in a range of settings across the public and private sectors. Graduates from this pathway are prepared for working across the whole adult lifespan including those seeking therapy for severe mental distress and those seeking therapy for personal growth and development.
- Power, Politics and Social Cultural World
Power, politics and the social cultural world is the specialist pathway module focused on gaining a deep yet broad appreciation for the factors that influence human functioning. This module will look at the effects of power and equality in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. The module offers the chance to study through large group experience.
All students will take:
- Developing Person-Centred Experiential Theory
- Developing Professional Practice and Skills
- Advancing Person-Centred Experiential Theory
- Dissertation and Research Methods
Children and Young People pathway
- The Lives of Children and Young People: systems, contexts and approaches
Adults Across the Lifespan pathway
- Power, Politics and Socio-Cultural World
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary and secondary school teachers and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study and study for professional development within their chosen career.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2015, 91% of postgraduates in the School of Education who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*
*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15.
Career prospects and employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.
Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.
The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.
- 2:2 (or international equivalent) and one year of work or volunteer experience in a helping or supporting role
- Applicants with a Level 4 Diploma and two years of work experience as a counsellor or psychotherapist will also be considered
- IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); if these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
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Last updated March 16, 2017