Taught course

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Institution
Keele University · School of Psychology
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

The entry requirements, for applicants who have not already completed the Keele Graduate Certificate in Counselling or BSc Psychology with Counselling at Keele, are a 2:1 degree in any discipline or equivalent professional qualifications.

We are also looking for applicants with some experience of working with people in a helping capacity, whether voluntary or paid.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This MSc programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy is founded on a person-centred view of personhood and person-centred ways of being and the core training offered by the programme is in the person-centred approach. In this we view the relationship in counselling as central, and support Rogers’ belief in the ‘self-therapeutic capacity and wisdom of clients’. However, we also take a strong ‘anti-schoolism’ stance which reflects our sincere respect for other, non-person-centred practices and practitioners. Our starting point for the Keele Counselling Model is thus a unifying ethos which enables us to respect and welcome a diversity of professional skills and orientations.

We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, large group work, community meetings, tutorials and small group work. Within this framework students are introduced to a range of practices which are related to relevant philosophical traditions including existentialism and phenomenology. Throughout the course, students are supported to establish a sense of coherence in their own therapeutic position in line with the course philosophy and aims.

The centrality of a secure and constantly reviewed ethical position, based on the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, is presented to the programme members as a major personal responsibility. We accept the overwhelming evidence of the theorists that the major factor in helping human beings change in a desired positive direction is a relationship in which they feel safe, valued and challenged.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Jo Gravano
Email
g.gravano@keele.ac.uk