University of Northampton

Master in Counselling - Máster en Asesoramiento (Psicología)

University of Northampton
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  • Imparte:
  • Modalidad:
    Presencial en Northampton
  • Precio:
    Full time fees £5670 - 2015/16 fees for International Students: £11,700
    Part time fees Year One : £945 per 30 credit module
  • Comienzo:
    Información no disponible
  • Lugar:
    Boughton Green Road
    Northampton NN2 7
    Reino Unido
  • Duración:
    1 Año
  • Idioma:
    El Master se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    Counselling MSc


This course is an exciting development that will provide students with a level of knowledge and skills in counselling which will equip them to develop as counsellors, and once they have gained further experience and client hours will open up a range of professional opportunities. For students with a first degree in psychology (which is Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) accredited) further postgraduate training opportunities will include doctoral training on British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited courses in Counselling Psychology.
The course will also provide students with a range of skills that will be highly relevant to those wishing to undertake further training in a range of related careers and specialisms. In addition to careers options, the degree will provide a range of communication skills and personal development skills that will be highly valued in a range of organisations and situations.


Candidates will normally have a first or second class bachelors´ degree and be prepared to carry out a placement where they will be working with clients. Therefore, individuals on this course will need a high level of critical self-awareness and a willingness to reflect on their own process. Voluntary or professional experience of support work with adults is desirable, but not essential.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 7 minimum all categories (or equivalent).


Counselling Theory and Practice
30 credits

This module examines relational integrative models of counselling, which will involve developing an understanding of the main models of psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural approaches. Organisational issues vital to the counselling environment are introduced and there is opportunity to debate ethical dilemmas, especially with regard to multicultural differences and counselling in a diverse society, legal issues pertaining to the work-place and the BACP ethical framework. Assessment, including risk assessment and use of therapeutic outcome measures, and supervision, including different models of supervision and how to use it effectively will be covered. The module examines the genesis of human problems and introduces a range of issues that clients may present in practice.

Counselling Skills and Process
30 credits

This module will offer the opportunity for students to learn and practise advanced counselling skills within role play scenarios. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the therapeutic relationship and an understanding of the ‘process’ of counselling, the ‘space in-between’ and the content of a counselling session. Students will develop their ability to ‘be’ with clients in role play sessions and to underpin their skills with their own developing integrative theoretical approach. In the first part of the course, students will learn basic and advanced counselling skills and practise these in role play situations. They will learn how to conduct appropriate beginnings and endings. They will also be encouraged to practice the skills with peers outside the formal teaching periods. They will then undertake the role play assessment to ascertain their readiness for supervised placement. The second part of the course offers an exciting opportunity to practise skills in role play with clients in front of larger groups and discuss, as a group, the theoretical orientation and skills apparent in the ‘gold-fish bowl’ scenario.

Self-Awareness and Reflectiveness
30 credits

This module provides the opportunity to critically reflect on personal development, including ways in which life experiences affect self and relationships. It allows the time and space to engage in rigorous self-examination, monitoring thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviour in reflectivity of therapeutic relationships and in life. In addition to academic demands, this course as a whole will make complex demands on the student as a person and therefore this module offers the opportunity for students to question their values and beliefs and sense of self in a safe, supportive and controlled setting. Constructive criticism is an important aspect of personal development and this module will expect students to self explore, to relate their outer environmental experiences to their inner processes and to be able to articulate these to others.

Placement and Supervision
30 credits

In this module students on placement will carry out at least 100 hours of supervised practice with face to face adult clients (students should refer to the placement handbook for details of placements). The skills students have developed are taken to another level in this module, where work with ‘real’ clients within supervised practice is experienced. Through working with clients and discussing this work with an experienced practitioner in supervision, students will develop their skills as well as their understanding of theory and practice.

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
10 credits

The rationale for the module is to build research skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods. This module is designed develop the skills needed for independent research, and to design a proposal for an empirical research project.

Dissertation and Research Methods
50 credits

The rationale for the dissertation module is to build advanced research skills, and to provide students with the opportunity to engage in supervised but independently undertaken research. This module is designed develop the skills needed for independent research, and to support students to autonomously formulate and conduct an empirical research project under supervision.

Special course features
It is important that those attending this course are prepared to carry out a placement when they will be working with clients. Therefore, individuals on this course will need a high level of critical self-awareness and a willingness to reflect on their own process.
Typical modules
This course consists of six main modules:
Counselling Theory and Practice
Counselling Skills and Process
Self-Awareness and Reflectiveness
Placement and Supervision
Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
Dissertation and Research Methods ​​

Salidas profesionales

The career opportunities for counsellors are many. For example, students may wish to work within NHS settings or schools, or further or higher educational counselling settings. Various opportunities are available within organisational settings and police settings, as well as in continuing professional development (CPD) work. The government agenda for Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) offers good opportunity for trained counsellors. There are also many other establishments that have some paid positions.

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