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Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Supervision)

MSc/PgDip/PgCert

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Counselling and Psychotherapy

Start Date(s): September

Duration:

September (full-time and part-time)

MSc: One year full-time, two or three years part-time

PgDip: One and a half or two years part-time

PgCert: One year part-time

Fees:

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module (Home/EU), £2,310 per 30 credit module (International)

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860

In Brief:

  • Enhance your employment and earning prospects as a supervisor
  • Promote the efficacy of counselling and psychotherapy
  • Benefit from up-to-date thinking from experts in theory, practice and research
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Please Note: Only fully qualified, professional counsellors or psychotherapists can apply for this course. If you are not qualified, please apply for the MSc/PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training).

Structured around an in-depth clinical supervision training module, this flexible course will enable you to advance your expertise in Counselling and Psychotherapy in the areas most relevant to your professional practice.

The practice-based focus of the course will enable you to train as a clinical supervisor and further develop your therapeutic skills; applying what you learn in complex professional contexts.

The course further develops your critical understanding of the theoretical knowledge which underpins practice and enhances your ability to critically appraise research evidence.

For those not wishing to train in Clinical Supervision, or who do not meet the entry criteria of a minimum of a year’s post-qualifying practice, please apply for the related course: MSc Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies.

Course Structure

Around the core clinical supervision training module, this course will equip you with advanced knowledge relating to Counselling and Psychotherapy through a flexible structure that enables you to tailor the course to best fit your professional training needs.  

Whatever your chosen focus of practice, each module will critically inform the rationales for your work with clients at an advanced level.

All the modules are optional, apart from the Dissertation module on the MSc pathway. The course has a one year full time pathway and two and three year part time pathways.

Full Time One Year Pathway: You would do the Supervision in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Helping Relationships and Dissertation modules and two of the other modules listed below in one year. This pathway is eligible for the PG loan.

Two Year Part Time Pathway: You do the Supervision in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Helping Relationships and one of the other modules listed below in Year One and would then do another further module and the Dissertation module in Year Two. This pathway is eligible for the PG loan.

Three Year Part Time Pathway: You do the Supervision in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Helping Relationships module in Year One, two of the other modules in Year Two, and you would then the Dissertation module in Year Three. While this pathway is not eligible for the PG loan, the route it offers is ideal if you have a very busy schedule or if you can take the fast-track route onto Year Two or Three if you already have relevant postgraduate credits, and/or are an accredited counsellor or psychotherapist.

Note that Research Methods module is an option that is available in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

Semester 1 and 2

Supervision in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Helping Relationships

This module offers a unique opportunity for you to further your personal and professional development and obtain a supervision qualification. It is a double module, spanning Semester 1 and 2. Based on Hawkin and Shohet’s seven eyed supervision model, it is open, not only to counsellors and psychotherapists with a minimum of one year post-qualification supervised practice experience, but also to the wider community of helping professionals as a stand-alone module.  Spanning twenty weeks over two semesters, the training consists of lectures, experiential exercises and skills practice that aim to enable participants to gain the skills, knowledge and experience to become safe and effective supervision practitioners. You are expected to have access to potential supervisees in order to complete the twenty hour external supervisory practice requirement. Assessment is based on a methodology and philosophy of supervision essay, as well as a live skills assessment and a final thirty minute transcribed recording accompanied by a process commentary and practice evaluation embedded in a portfolio evidencing practice hours, knowledge and reflectivity. The module can be taken as a stand-alone course:  the PgCert Supervision in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Helping Relationships.

Semester 1  

Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children and Young People

This module will support you in developing a critical understanding of the nature and impact of issues relating to social justice on the emotional well-being of children and young people and their access to and use of counselling/psychotherapy. The module will facilitate your development of an informed and applied understanding of the relevant research and professional literature, will present opportunities for you to develop a critical understanding of the particular developmental issues involved in providing counselling and psychotherapy for children and young people, e.g. emotional, physical cognitive and sexual, and will enable you to critically analyse the ethical, legal, professional, therapeutic and contextual aspects of working with children and young people. Module Leader – Helen Millar.      

Bereavement and Loss

This module offers theoretical and experiential learning opportunities to explore the topic in a sensitive and respectful learning environment. Contemporary theories are presented by a range of counselling practitioners with a wealth of experience and specialised knowledge in the field. The module offers an excellent opportunity for participants to enhance their awareness of their own responses to bereavement and loss as well as deepen their understanding of the people they live and work with. Module Leader – Maria Kefalogianni.      

Research Methods

This module will facilitate your development of advanced ability to evaluate critically current research and to evaluate research methods used by others. The module will support you in developing a comprehensive understanding of a range of research techniques that can be applied to a variety of research or scholarly situations, and in strengthening your ability to critically appraise the purpose, process and products of research activity, with reference to the politics and ethics of research. The module will offer you opportunities to gain the ability to select, apply and critically appraise applied research techniques to explore identified questions, and will strengthen your capacity to reflect critically on your competence as a researcher and the implications for the development of this part of your role. A major change in the revised programme is making this module an option. We would strongly recommend taking this module if you plan to do primary research for your dissertation but if you intend to do a literature review then this module is helpful but not essential. This module is the School’s shared research methods module and the sessions are shared with a range of health and social care masters students. Module Leader – Alison Brettle. This module can be taken either in semester 1 or in semester 2.

Semester 2  

Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) was developed by a team led by Professor Paul Gilbert based in Derby specifically to help clients with deep seated issues associated with shame. Since then the approach has been found to be helpful in a wide range of mental health contexts including trauma, anger and addiction. CFT offers a structured approach to help clients cultivate compassion for themselves and for others. This is within a neuro-psychological framework that is intrinsically de-shaming. The module offers training in how CFT approaches can be integrated into therapeutic practice. While this module is currently offered within the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy it is relevant to all professionals working in the context of mental health. Module Leader – Elaine Beaumont.      

Mindfulness Based Approaches with CBT

While this module is currently offered within the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy it is relevant to all professionals working in the context of mental health and the philosophical framework draws on person-centred therapy. Mindfulness based approaches (MBAs) are increasing recognised as being helpful in a wide range of contexts including health and social care, education and the corporate sector. This module offers training in the integration of accessible and flexible MBs in the context on 1-2-1 therapy. In particular, the MBAs explored work very well as an adjunct to counselling or psychotherapeutic work as they offer clients a very safe way of cultivating the resilience and insight in the time between therapy sessions. Module Leader – Tim Duerden.      

Expressive Therapies

This module offers both cognitive and experiential learning opportunities and offers ‘taster experiences’ of a range of different arts therapy approaches. A number of psychotherapies exist that offer more than just the verbal interchange of ‘talking therapies’. These approaches invite other channels of communication, as well as verbal interchange, as a means of accessing core or organismic experience. There are obvious advantages of such approaches to client groups who may not have the necessary verbal skills to describe their experience e.g. children, people with learning disabilities. There maybe further advantages of using expressive therapies, compared with purely verbal therapies, in enabling exploration with clients who may overly depend on verbal means of structuring their lives and experiences. In order to support students in learning about each expressive approach outlined opportunities will be provided for students to experience the ‘theory in action’, in this way students can find personal meaning from the particular theory being examined. Module Leader – Leigh Gardner.      

Research Methods

This module will facilitate your development of advanced ability to evaluate critically current research and to evaluate research methods used by others. The module will support you in developing a comprehensive understanding of a range of research techniques that can be applied to a variety of research or scholarly situations, and in strengthening your ability to critically appraise the purpose, process and products of research activity, with reference to the politics and ethics of research. The module will offer you opportunities to gain the ability to select, apply and critically appraise applied research techniques to explore identified questions, and will strengthen your capacity to reflect critically on your competence as a researcher and the implications for the development of this part of your role. A major change in the revised programme is making this module an option. We would strongly recommend taking this module if you plan to do primary research for your dissertation but if you intend to do a literature review then this module is helpful but not essential. This module is the School’s shared research methods module and the sessions are shared with a range of health and social care masters students. Module Leader – Alison Brettle. This module can be taken either in semester 1 or in semester 2.

Dissertation

This module is taken in Semester 3 (June to September) in the One Year Full Time pathway; in Semester 2 and 3 of Year Two in the Two Year Part Time pathway; and in Semester 1 and 2 of Year Three in the Three Year Part Time pathway.

There are a small number of taught sessions associated with this module, but the main focus of the module is independent learning supported by regular contact with your Dissertation Supervisor.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to critically identify and apply knowledge of research and inquiry techniques applicable to Counselling and Psychotherapy to enhance your research and advanced scholarship skills. You will be able to evaluate research and inquiry methods with due consideration of research, governance, project management and ethics frameworks at local, national and international levels. You will also gain skills in critically appraising and debating key concepts, methods and underpinning philosophy related to research. The module will support you in developing your ability to apply creative thinking and problem solving strategies relevant to Counselling and Psychotherapy, enabling you to address the challenges of research and inquiry within the field and justify your chosen approaches to research and professional inquiry. The module will offer you the opportunity to critically evaluate current research evidence, policy and reflect upon your role as a researcher/change agent within professional, educational, clinical or organisational practice.

Entry Requirements

A recognised professional qualification in counselling or psychotherapy: this is a post-qualification course and those without a professional counselling or psychotherapy are not eligible to apply. If you are not qualified, please apply for the MSc/PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training)

Evidence of a recognised counselling or psychotherapy professional membership (for example, BACP/UKCP or equivalent, or evidence of eligibility to successfully apply for professional membership).

Evidence of at least  one year of post-qualification supervised professional practice while a member of a recognised counselling or psychotherapy professional body. This evidence is ideally provided as a reference by your supervisor.

Normally a 2:2 Hons degree or equivalent.

Therefore, to gain entry onto this course, you will need to be a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist with a recognised counselling or psychotherapy professional membership (or evidence of eligibility to apply for recognised counselling or psychotherapy professional membership) and at least one year of post-qualification supervised practice.  

Accredited Counsellor or Psychotherapist Entry

Accredited counsellors or psychotherapists with the BACP or UKCP are eligible for specific entry routes.

Accredited counsellors or psychotherapists with a degree are able to receive 60 M-level credits via a specific accreditation of prior learning process, resulting in a fast-track through the MSc.

Accredited counsellors or psychotherapists without a degree are able to apply for direct entry onto the MSc.

Entry with Credits

Entry with Credits is possible if you meet the standard entry requirements and you have up to 60 credits of M-Level modules that are similar to those that form the MSc.    

If you are not a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist, you may be interested in applying for our BSc Counselling and Psychotherapy: Professional Practice programme or our MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training).

If you have any queries about eligibility for the course, please contact the Admissions Tutor for the course, Tim Duerden, on 0161 295 2429 or by email.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course. Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.
You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at application@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link: https://www.atas.fco.gov.uk/

Application guidance

All applications must meet the following criteria for the application to be considered:

  1. Evidence of Professional qualification in counselling or psychotherapy.
  2. Evidence of membership of a counselling or psychotherapy professional body.
  3. Evidence of at least one year of post-qualification supervised practice.

If you are not a qualified counsellor, please apply for the MSc/PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training)

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course. Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

You will be a qualified Counsellor and/or Psychotherapist, with professional membership and at least a year of post-qualification practice. You will be motivated to train to be a clinical supervisor and study Counselling and Psychotherapy at an advanced level, and to deepen your knowledge, practice and critical thinking skills. You may have aspirations to influence policy-making, commissioning and service delivery as well as to strengthen your own practice.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£7,560
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module (Home/EU), £2,310 per 30 credit module (International)
Full-time International£13,860

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.

Teaching

This award is aimed at meeting the needs of qualified counsellors who have already completed a professional training in counselling. Students select the combination of modules which is best geared to meeting their individual training needs. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed, particularly:

  • Theory and practice related lectures
  • Experiential workshops
  • Experiential group work

Assessment

Evaluation takes the form of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments enable students to gauge their learning and development during the course of each module and to prepare them for summative assessment. Formative assessments vary from module to module and include peer and tutor review and feedback on development of written work both in class and electronically online. The learning is experientially driven and enquiry-led, with opportunities review of assimilation of knowledge, critical skills and conceptualisations. Formative assessment is conducted via a range of methods such as reflective reviews, blogs, and face-to-face and online discussion groups.

Summative assessment strategies will include:

  • Written essays addressing issues of theory and practice
  • Portfolios addressing issues of theory and practice
  • Presentations (including poster presentations) addressing issues of theory and practice
  • Supervised research dissertation

Find out more about certain aspects of counselling with our short two minute psychotherapy lectures from Dr Mark Widdowson, senior lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford.  

Transactional Analysis

Life Script

Ego States

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Module Leader for Module 1: Helen Millar – Academic Profile

Employability

Career Prospects

This post-qualifying course will enable you to conduct advanced studies into counselling and psychotherapy which, in turn, will enhance your career prospects. Study of counselling and psychotherapy at this level could lead you to posts such as specialist or senior counsellor, counselling service manager, as well as academic careers. Because the course focuses on a range of perspectives, this could support you in contributing to the field of health and social health in a range of ways and with higher level contextual awareness.

Following successful completion of the course you may also consider studying for a PhD.

Facilities

We have recently developed a special Counselling Suite which will be used for training students to become professional counsellors and psychotherapists and a hub for clinical counselling and psychotherapy research.

The suite, featuring therapeutic areas where one-to-one, family and group interactions can occur, is available for members of the local community and the University is working with local organisations delivering a range of counselling services.

There is exciting potential for students on the MSc Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies to become involved in the research opportunities offered by the Counselling Suite.

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