Join a diverse and professional community that has a person-centred experiential approach at the very heart of what we do. We are a team with a unique blend of practice and academic backgrounds and experience.
We specialise in Counselling for Children and Young People and Adults Across the LifeSpan. Our new exciting programme is flexible and covers all areas of practice. The programme prepares you for work as a practitioner in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
The course is available to study two years full-time and four years part-time.Why choose our MA?
On our programme you will:
- engage creatively with issues in contemporary society
- choose between two specialisms, Counselling for Adults across the Lifespan (AAL) and Counselling for Children and Young People (CYP)
- belong to a vibrant counselling and psychotherapy community
- study in a world class university with an award winning sustainable environment
You will benefit from:
- a forty year tradition of counselling training at the University of Nottingham
- leading scholars and practitioners in the field of counsellor training
- developing within a growth oriented experiential learning environment
- access to superb learning resources and leading research
On completion of the course you:
- will leave with an internationally recognised counselling qualification
- may become a leader in the field of counselling working in education, schools, health, community, private and public sectors
- will meet requirements to become a counsellor with accreditation
- will be prepared for doctoral studies in counselling and psychotherapy
Completion of the MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling & Psychotherapy programme can be used towards meeting the required number of training hours for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
The programme starts in September and can be taken over two years full-time or four years part- time and teaching takes place on a Tuesday and Wednesday from 1.30pm-6.00pm with occasional attendance required at weekends.
There are two specialist pathways to gain the MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling & Psychotherapy - Adults Across the Lifespan or Children and Young People.
On qualifying you are eligible to join the Counselling and Psychotherapy Associates (CAPA), University of Nottingham, whilst building up your hours of practice. On reaching accredited status, full membership as an Associate is conferred.
Children and Young People (CYP) Specialist Pathway
The MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling & Psychotherapy provides a specialist pathway for those preparing to work with children and young people. The programme shares core modules with the Adults Across the Lifespan pathway but also includes one 60-credit specialist module.
This pathway helps you prepare for therapeutic work with children and young people in a range of settings within education such as schools, colleges and university, young people in social care or mental health services or those in youth and criminal justice settings.
Adults Across the Lifespan (AAL) Specialist Pathway
The MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling & Psychotherapy provides a specialist pathway for those looking to train for working with adults across the lifespan. The programme shares core modules with the Children and Young People pathway but also includes one 60-credit specialist module.
This pathway helps you prepare for working therapeutically with adults across the lifespan in a range of settings across the public and private sectors. You are prepared for working across the whole adult lifespan including those seeking therapy for severe mental distress and those seeking therapy for personal growth and development.
Modules to be taken by all students:
- Developing Person-Centred Experiential Theory (30 credits)
- Developing Professional Practice and Skills (30 credits)
- Advancing Person-Centred Experiential Theory (30 credits)
- Advancing Professional Practice and Skills (30 credits)
Pathway modules (students will take one module)
- The Lives of Children and Young People: systems, contexts and approaches (60 credits) - Children and young people pathway
- Power, Politics and Socio-Cultural World (60 credits) - Adults across the lifespan pathway
Dissertation and Research Methods (60 credits) - to be taken by all students
The programme is open to graduates of any subject that want to train to as a person-centred experiential counsellor and psychotherapist. As a graduate you are not required to have prior experience in counselling or psychotherapy. The course ensures that you will develop all the skills required.
For entry to the course you would normally be expected to hold an honours degree at 2:2 level or above, or its international equivalent. You will also be required to evidence experience in a helping or supporting role over one year. This can be in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
We will consider applications from people that do not have a degree. Entry to the course without a degree requires you to have a Level 4 Diploma and 2 years' experience as a counsellor or psychotherapist, or similar experience in a closely related professional role, and completion of a 3,000 word essay.
English Language Requirements
IELTS test of at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element
Please visit the course website for further information