City, University of London

City, University of London

Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology is for students who are planning to go on and do further graduate work, whether through a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology or a related profession. The course is for students who have an undergraduate degree, but you do not have to have a first degree in psychology. Some students use the programme as a bridge towards further study in counselling psychology, while others apply their knowledge and skills from the course within the counselling or psychotherapy profession. As well as fulfilling the academic side of the programme, you need to be willing to investigate yourself and be open to exploring personal and interpersonal dynamics. This is a course for those with a willingness to expose their vulnerabilities and explore their own and others' inner worlds. This is not a professional training programme and is not intended to train you to be an independent practitioner. If you wish to undertake professional training in counselling psychology, leading to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and chartered membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) please see our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

Entry requirements

You are usually required to have an honours degree for entry onto this course. Relevant experience or a recognised professional qualification is preferable, but not a necessity.

Course modules

Core modules:
(PS3503): Counselling across the lifespan (15 credits);
(PS3502): Counselling skills (15 credits);
(PS3504): Theoretical models in counselling psychology (15 credits);
(PS3501): Understanding mental health (15 credits).

Independent Project:
(PS3505) Project for GCCP (15 credits);
(PS3506): Personal and professional development (15 credits).

Assessment methods

To be awarded the Graduate Certificate qualification, you must successfully complete one piece of coursework for each of the six modules. These include written assignments, a reflective diary, project work and class-based role-plays and presentations.

Sponsorship information

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology is for students who are planning to go on and do further graduate work, whether through a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology or a related profession. The course is for students who have an undergraduate degree, but you do not have to have a first degree in psychology. Some students use the programme as a bridge towards further study in counselling psychology, while others apply their knowledge and skills from the course within the counselling or psychotherapy profession. Emphasising the connection between psychological theory and counselling, this programme is not just about understanding knowledge - it is about understanding how to apply what you have learned to ensure that your practice promotes psychological development. On our Graduate Certificate programme, we focus on the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client and concentrate on the personal subjective experience of the whole person. This makes the emphasis of our approach holistic rather than diagnostic, in keeping with the ethos of counselling psychology. You will investigate person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural theories and use a range of practical modes from client case studies and interviews to personal diaries and role-play exercises.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Certificate Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
Graduate Certificate Part-time September 2016 GBP 6,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
Graduate Certificate Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
Graduate Certificate Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
Graduate Certificate Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square Islington EC1V 0HB South East

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