This Master of Counselling is a full-time programme to be completed in two years and is offered by coursework, practical component and dissertation. This is a Masters programme, which is based on the scientist/ practitioner model and has a significant practice component in it.
PLACEMENT, SUPERVISION AND CASE STUDIES
Placements will be organised by the counselling coordinator and will take place off campus. A total of not less than 50 hours of counselling practice and not less than 30 hours of supervision will be a course requirement. Close communication will take place between the placement and the course coordinator. Two case studies will be submitted as a course requirement (one each semester) based on client counselling on placement.
Given the practitioner nature of the programme, it is considered appropriate that the dissertation should deal with some area of counselling practice.
The work must be an original investigation into an approved topic and should contribute to the general body of counselling knowledge.
Proposals for the dissertation are to be discussed with course coordinator prior to the end of the first semester of study.
The report shall be of not less than 13,000 words in length excluding references and bibliography and not more than 15,000 words.
The research must be soundly based and use either quantitative or qualitative method.
Developmental Psychology or equivalent
Theories & Approaches to Counselling
Counselling Skills Revision
Experiential Group/Facilitation Skills
Narrative Therapy Workshop
Experiential Group Facilitation Skills
Counselling Couples and Families
Research Topic & Seminar Presentation
Ethical Issues in Professional Life
Trauma Counselling (Workshop)
Psychosexual Therapy (Workshop)
Semesters 3 & 4
At the end of the Master's degree students will:
- Have built on knowledge already gained.
- Be able to work within a variety of settings and with a variety of clients.
- Identify and discuss links between theory, practice and personal awareness.
- Identify, discuss and contrast basic concepts and issues in various theoretical models.
- Recognise and respond appropriately to self-injury/suicidal behaviours.
- Have a knowledge of research methods.
- Have demonstrated an ability to carry out independent research.
- Be competent in working with couples, families and in a group.
- Have experience of not less than 50 hours counselling practice and 10 hours supervision.
APPLICATION FOR ENROLMENT
Applications should be received at least one month prior to commencement. However, there are limited places available in postgraduate courses and they will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis, so early application is encouraged.