This course focuses on how growing, developing, change and transition influence life experience and the counselling process.


This course draws upon a range of developmental and transitional psychological theory and seeks to relate it to personal learning and the counselling process. Theoretical learning and practical applications will be facilitated through a combination of lectures, student-led seminars and presentations focusing on personal experience.

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About this course

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This course provides participants with important contextual understanding, which can informtherapeutic interactions in a range of helping roles. The course facilitates understanding of human development across the lifespan and social and psychological responses to transition. Major life changes are explored in the context of the counselling process. Insights from psychodynamic, cognitive and behavioural theorists are applied in order that participants can intellectually and experientially engage with those psychological processes integral to human growth and transition.

Linked programmes

PgDip/MSc Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice, PgDip/MSc Counselling Studies and Therapeutic Communication, PgDip/MSc Health Communciation , PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development


100% Coursework - (1) Presentation - Participants will be asked to choose a personal life experience and make a presentation of this to class members. With reference to their chosen life experience, participants will be required to explain their experience, suggest why it was significant and, where appropriate, how they coped with it. Participants will be expected to apply theory to personal experience and discuss how this may influence their approach to clients in professional practice (25%) and (2) Written assignment - Building on the presentation, participants will be required to produce a written assignment, which provides a critical reflection and appraisal of their experience, suggests why it was significant and, where appropriate, considers how they coped with it. Participants will be asked to explore if they can develop a greater understanding of the experience by applying theory and insight to personal experience and discuss how the life experience may influence the way they view clients in their practice.


This course requires attendance on six Monday afternoons from 2.15pm – 6.05pm starting Monday 11 March 2019 and finishing Monday 15 April 2019.

Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 11 March 2019
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 11 March 2019

Fees and funding

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Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:


Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at


Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk


Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680

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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Communication and Media