University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Counselling Children and Young People

The MA Counselling Children and Young People is one of the only Masters courses of its kind. It offers a unique blend of knowledge and skills practice, and provides a pathway to many exciting opportunities within the field of therapeutic work with young people. It will enable you to become part of a new generation of professionals working within schools and other formal and informal youth settings. The MA Counselling Children and Young People is a two-year course made up of one year's training on the Postgraduate Diploma Counselling Children and Young People plus one year completing the Masters research and dissertation stage. The PG Diploma stage covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of counselling children and young people; on the Masters research and dissertation stage you will learn about research methods for studying Counselling Children and Young People and will undertake a research project of your choice relating to the subject area.

Entry requirements

PgDip

•Counselling qualification at diploma level as well as post qualifying counselling experience and/or experience of working with young people.
•You must be a registered member of an appropriate professional body, i.e. BACP
•A minimum of 100 supervised hours of counselling practice
•Two References uploaded with your application (One must be from your clinical supervisor)
•You will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check by the University

MA

•Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People as well as post-qualifying counselling experience or experience of working with young people
•You must also be a registered member of an appropriate professional body, eg BACP
•Two references must be uploaded with your application, and one must be from your clinical supervisor

Course modules

Module 1: Counselling Children and Young People: Contexts and Practice Settings (30 Credits) - This module positions counselling services and practice settings within the wider network of provision and encourages you to examine and understand the policies and aims of the settings in which you work as well as to work, in partnership with other professionals and with parents. It encourages you to examine the ethical issues and dilemmas which face those working with this client group as well as the issues of diversity and equality within their settings. It addresses those important areas of safe, ethical practice and encourages you to find a balance between a children's rights perspective and child protection.

The module incorporates a practice placement and invites you to use this practice learning to address all the necessary practice issues, including those of assessment and evaluation of service.

Module 2: Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People (30 Credits) - This module has an explicit focus on the skills and knowledge necessary to create a framework within which to counsel children and young people. It provides a sound base in the theories of child development and attachment which affect the child and adolescent's emotional and cognitive growth, and also examines the social and personal issues which are common to many young people seeking help. It explores the ways in which many mental health problems manifest themselves in young people and equips you with the necessary creative tools with which to address these issues and to connect with young people with diverse needs.

Students may choose to exit the course or continue to complete the MA Counselling Children and Young People course by studying a research Dissertation.

Assessment methods

PgDip

The diploma is assessed through a combination of essays and skills practice as well as through a supervisor's report on practice based learning and a portfolio of reflective practice.

MA

18,000 word dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2017 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus, Newport Newport (Wales) NP20 2BP Wales

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