This course is aimed at assisting students with requisite knowledge and practice in the area of counselling and psychotherapy.
Study Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
This is practical programme drawing from applied frameworks in counselling and psychotherapy. It is aimed at assisting students to develop careers in the area. A mandatory part of the programme is to undertake a 100 hour client placement in the 2nd year. The taught component is drawn from an integrative framework and is designed specifically to equip students with relevant practice theory and applications in relation to clinical work with clients. This course may also partially assist students in progressing their membership status with the recognised professional bodies.
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About this course
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This course is specifically designed to assist students to develop key counselling and psychotherapy approaches. The theoretical orientation of the programme draws from is the humanistic & integrative framework. This is a flexible model that lends itself well to the complex demands of contemoprary counselling and psychotherapy practice. The learning in this programme is delivered in various experiential formats, with students been provided with ongoing opportunities to develop practice based skills and techniques. The learning objectives of the programme is designed to provide students with a tangible experience of counselling and psychotherapy delivery. This is facilitated in lectures, workshops, clinical seminars & tutorials. A key strength of this programme is how the learning is applied to clinical practice. Competence in this area is achieved by the ongoing utilisation of the university’s specialised skills labs, here students will be supported to gain confidence in practice skills and applications.
In the second year of the programme students will gain clinical practice by securing a student counselling placement. The student on placement is also supported by a clinical supervisor and a mentor. The weekly attendance at university involves a series of specialised clinical seminars focused on critical practice issues An important part of developing competence in counselling is the development of reflective skills, this is facilitated in university by attendance at a process group. The end product of this is that it assists the student in the development of confident professional self. Overall this programme offers both the seasoned practitioner and interested student an opportunity for further professional development in the growth area of counselling and psychotherapy practice.
This programme is available part-time Pg Dip 2 years, MSc 3 years
- September 2016
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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A relevant honours degree (second class lower or above). Some experience and understanding of counselling and psychotherapy application in a work context (voluntary or paid) would be advantageous.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Careers & opportunities
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This course aims to partly assist students and practitioners wishing to pursue a professional career in counselling and psychotherapy and to advance their membership status with the recognised professional bodies
Work placement / study abroad
In order to meet professional and academic requirments students must complete 100 hours of clinical placement.
This course director is Michael McGibbon who is a senior accredited clinical psychotherapist &andcounsellor. Michael is still actively involved in practice, supervision and research. Michael has had many years of direct practice in senior psychotherapy roles in Ireland and the UK. He has served as an advisor and consultant to both statutory and voluntary bodies on the area of psychotherapy and counselling provision and development. Michael has worked extensively as a senior clinical psychotherapist, counsellor and also as a principal social worker in child and adolescent mental health.
Michael has also worked as a senior clinical psychotherapist/counsellor in the area of adult mental health, specialising in the area of complex trauma. Michael's own research interest is in assisting practitioners to effectively use the most import tool in therapy which is the self of the therapist. Michael has published extensively on this subject and has developed a model to assist in the process of therapist development of self.
Other experienced practitioners and academic staff will also provide input and teaching on specialist areas throughout the programme
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
- Northern Ireland & EU:
Additional mandatory costs
In year two, students will have two additional costs to consider, there is indemity insurance which is approx £70-100 per year. There is also the cost of clinical supervision which is at the ratio of 1 hour of supervison for every 8 hours client work. Some supervisors offer a reduced student rate of approximately £30-40 per hour.
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
Course Director: Michael McGibbon
T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6719