School of Health in Social Science

Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

Experience it, feel it, think it, reflect it, theorise it. Our programmes are based on a dialogue between the person-centred approach, located within the humanistic tradition, and psychodynamic perspectives, located within the psychoanalytic tradition.

Our mission is to develop competent, reflective and critically-aware practitioners and researchers who are capable of improving the well-being of their communities and of contributing to our knowledge and understanding of counselling.

We believe effective learning is not just cognitive, but encompasses all aspects of self, including the visceral or embodied, the emotional, and the intellectual. Our approach to teaching and learning is based on this philosophy and encourages and supports students to examine their own experience before relating this to theory.

Students on our programmes are facilitated to explore and develop their capacities to think critically and reflexively, to feel, and to be in relationship. 

Students are encouraged to experience, experiment with and integrate insights, values and practices drawn from each perspective, and all courses are taught by tutors who are experienced counselling/psychotherapy practitioners.

Students benefit from a high level of tutor input, including individual tutorials, seminars, lectures and personalised feedback, in addition to having many opportunities to learn from self-reflection and participation in a variety of experiential student groups.

Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling

The Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling provides an introduction to the theories and practices of counselling.

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling

The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling is a recognised qualification to practice as a counsellor.

Master of Counselling

The Master of Counselling is a professional part-time training in counselling, and is a recognised qualification to practise as a counsellor.

Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue)

The Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) is an accelerated, full-time professional training and education in counselling undertaken over two years of full-time study. It is a recognised qualification to practice as a counsellor, and combines theoretical insights from the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions with practical experience gained in a range of counselling agencies.

MSc in Counselling Studies

The MSc in Counselling Studies is a taught Masters which firmly locates the practice of counselling within the field of social science enquiry.

Professional Doctorate in Counselling

We have now closed for applications to the 2017 intake of the full time Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling. The Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling is an advanced qualification enabling graduates to practise as a psychotherapist or counsellor in a wide range of settings.

CPD courses

We offer a varied Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and practitioners working in related fields such as nursing, social work, dementia and teaching.

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