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BA (Hons) Counselling and the Psychotherapeutic Relationship

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​This exciting contemporary programme will give you a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy. This course is founded on Relational principles that put the quality of the therapeutic relationship at its heart. You will learn about, and integrate into your practice, a range of therapeutic approaches, from person-centred to psychodynamic; as well as developing a holistic and flexible way of working that can meet the therapeutic needs of a range of clients, taking into account mental health needs and cultural influences. The course will also help develop your academic, professional and research skills, and give opportunities for personal development.

This is a 4 year part-time degree and a recognised professional counselling qualification in which you will develop the skills and awareness necessary to be an effective and ethical counsellor in a range of settings.

A central feature of this programme is the emphasis on personal development and self awareness, particularly in issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. The course is delivered through a range of small and large group work, individual reflection, counselling practice and theoretical learning, and is firmly rooted in professional practice. You will undertake a counselling placement with an agency of your choice alongside your studies in years 2 to 4. This allows for rich learning and means you will be applying and developing your theoretical and practical knowledge as you work with clients.

Being an ethical counsellor means having a deep understanding of the philosophical, theoretical and research basis of your therapeutic work. The core model of this course is Humanistic and Relational and is grounded in the Person-centred approach. From this foundation, you will be introduced to other perspectives that will enable you to integrate a range of ways of working therapeutically, from humanistic, experiential, psychodynamic and creative therapeutic approaches.

The course will be delivered face-to-face on Thursdays from 10am – 5pm with occasional weekend workshops. In addition, students will need to do at least 4 hours study time per week, 20 hours of personal therapy over the 4 years and a minimum of 100 hours in a counselling placement from years 2 to 4, with fortnightly clinical supervision. We welcome applications from anyone who will be able to commit to these sessions.

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Key facts

Starts: September 2023

Level: Undergraduate

Length: Four Years (Part-time)

Venue: Westwood Campus

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Student Story

"it's such an experiential course which I've not come across before, with its practice side. It really puts you in that frame of mind of what it's going to be like when you do have your own clients."

Sara, Counselling and the Psychotherapeutic Relationship current student