Counselling top-up award BA (Hons)

Course length: 18 months

Overview

"I would encourage future students who want to study counselling or psychology to choose Newman University because it has a great reputation and the lecturers are highly qualified and knowledgeable in their field." Beverley Spalding
 

The newly re-validated Counselling BA (Hons) top-up award is a level 6 course designed to build upon previous counselling training. The programme provides a deeper theoretical base to support and develop practice, and can widen employment and career progression opportunities.

Who is it for?
  • Those wishing to apply theory to practice with a range of settings and client groups
  • Those wishing to develop academic and research skills and to lay a firm foundation to support evidence-based practice
  • Those wanting to enhance their current practice through professional development.
Special features

This course is designed to appeal to practitioners from a range of professional settings. In particular, it will support the emerging importance of research awareness.

Attendance

This programme is part-time, and students attendance is likely to be on two days per week, depending on options chosen. There is also considerable private study time required including a research project and dissertation to be completed in the year following the formal taught component.

Assessment

Learning outcomes will be assessed using a variety of methods including traditional essays, critical reviews and a research dissertation.

Entry requirements

Students who have successfully completed Newman’s Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling will be eligible to progress to the BA (Hons) Counselling top-up award.

We also encourage applications from those who have completed a professional counselling training qualification equivalent to a Foundation Degree, with at least 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5. Those who have completed a BACP accredited professional qualification can study for the BA (Hons) Counselling top-up award. Applicants with other (non-BACP accredited) qualifications can study for the BA (Hons) Counselling studies award.

 

Fees

Below are the Undegraduate fees for 2017/18

Full-time UK/EU Students - £9,250

From 2018/19 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation

INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELLING SKILLS


MODULE TITLE : INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELLING SKILLS

MODULE CODE : CPC001


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module introduces the subject of counselling and helps students begin to develop their competence in the use of counselling skills.  Elements from Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioural and Psychodynamic approaches will be considered as a foundation for the Relational Integrative Framework taught at Newman University. 

It comprises one of the three 20 credit modules that make up the Graduate Certificate in Counselling Studies. It involves attendance on Module CO400: Introductory Certificate in Counselling and is assessed at level 6. Learning outcomes have been developed with reference to professional requirements, and are incorporated into the portfolio assessment leading to professional registration as relevant. It will provide students with an introduction to counselling skills and theory.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 39.00
Independent : 161.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Provide graduates seeking professional qualifications in Psychotherapy with an opportunity to develop the requisite knowledge and skill for entry onto the MSc in  Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Provide students with a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of counselling and counselling skills
  • Give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of basic concepts to practice and critique the counselling relationship
  • Enable students to gain a critical awareness of counselling and psychotherapy models

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Have an awareness of the manner in which competing perspectives construct different views of the self and client and their presenting issues.
  • Demonstrate basic awareness of key differences between different models of counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Start to develop an emerging sense of their own integrative modality.
  • Understand the principles of therapeutic change from the perspective of different theories and their emerging integrative model.
  • Identify concepts and techniques from different counselling approaches studied in their assessment of client material and the presenting situation.
  • Demonstrate counselling skills to a professional level in a short counselling session with another student.
  • Demonstrate understanding of professional boundaries.
  • Establish and sustain a therapeutic alliance and a secure frame for therapeutic work.
  • Manage client distress and difficulty safely and ethically.
  • Manage confidentiality issues appropriately.
  • Apply knowledge and awareness in work with others in a manner which is respectful of difference. 
  • Be able to critically reflect upon their performance and the counselling relationship including reflections on their own process.
  • Be able to interact with current texts and research literature.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Be able to use IT skills
  • Demonstrate the capacity to acquire new knowledge and skills.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % Pass/Fail Element - 80% Attendance Requirement

Component 2 - % Pass/Fail Element - Learning Statement (500 words)

Component 3 - % Pass/Fail Element - Recording of a Counselling Session (20 minutes)

Component 4 - 100% Critical Commentary (2000 words) and Transcript of Recording (10 minutes)

THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES FOR COUNSELLING


MODULE TITLE : THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES FOR COUNSELLING

MODULE CODE : CPC002


MODULE SUMMARY :

In common with CO441F, this module aims to give students an overview of the development of counselling theory and an understanding of the theory, philosophy and practice of counselling. Elements from Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioural and Psychodynamic approaches will be considered as a foundation for the Relational Integrative Framework taught at Newman University. An exploration of models of change will enable students to begin to understand the dynamic nature of the process of counselling. The course takes a strong theoretical perspective, as well as acknowledging current developments.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 26.00
Independent : 174.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Provide graduates who seeking professional qualifications in Psychotherapy with an opportunity to develop the requisite knowledge and skill for entry onto the MSc in  Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Introduce students to the background and philosophical basis of counselling
  • Enable the student to gain a critical awareness of the use & function of theory in the development of their counselling practice
  • Explore the relevance of a range of research-based and theoretical models to inform their understanding of the therapeutic process and the role of self
  • Consider the nature and impact of the counselling relationship from the perspective of different counselling models
  • Begin to develop an understanding of the potential of research to inform the understanding and practice of counselling.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Show a critical awareness of the history of ideas and the cultural and political context informing the practice of counselling & psychotherapy.
  • Have an awareness of the manner in which competing perspectives construct different views of the self and client and their presenting issues.
  • Recognise key differences between different models of counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Use concepts and techniques from different counselling approaches in the assessment of client material and the presenting situation.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the process of therapeutic change within different modalities.
  • Appreciate the strengths and limitations of different models with reference to client groups and context.
  • Identify concepts and techniques from different counselling approaches studied in their assessment of client material and the presenting situation.
  • Critically evaluate multiple sources of information in terms of validity and contribution to personal theoretical knowledge base.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of ethical principles and power differences implicit in different clinical models.
  • Demonstrate the conceptual capacity to apply a range of theoretically based interventions to client presenting issues.
  • Develop a theoretically grounded sense of themselves and their interactions with others.
  • Be able to critically reflect upon own process and ideas.
  • Work autonomously, appropriately drawing on a range of resources & techniques. 
  • Be able to engage with current texts and research literature.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Work effectively as part of a group.
  • Be able to use IT skills.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to acquire new knowledge and skills.

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % Pass/Fail Element - 80% Attendance Requirement

Component 2 - 40% Portfolio (1500 word equivalent)

Component 3 - 60% Written Examination (3 hours)

THE COUNSELLING PROCESS


MODULE TITLE : THE COUNSELLING PROCESS

MODULE CODE : CPC003


MODULE SUMMARY :

In this module students bring together the learning from the previous two modules to integrate skills and theory within a framework that is enhanced by personal reflection and professional responsibility. The module provides crucial preparation for students to start on their counselling placement, guiding students through the counselling process from the point of referral, to the first session, middle stages and ending of the counselling relationship. It also introduces students to the role and importance of supervision.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 52.00
Independent : 148.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Provide graduates seeking professional qualifications in Psychotherapy with an opportunity to develop the requisite knowledge and skill for entry onto the MSc in  Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Consolidate counselling skills
  • Enable students to build upon their skills and to learn to reflect upon the counselling process
  • Provide a firm foundation for students' understanding of how to structure a counselling session and a series of counselling sessions
  • Provide a solid foundation for students to prepare for a counselling placement, through introducing them to the main aspects of the process of work with a client (before the session, assessment, first sessions, middle stages and endings).
  • Develop a sound knowledge and awareness of the basic ethical issues and concepts relevant when using counselling skills.
  • Introduce students to the role of supervision and of the different methods for supervision, and prepare them for the effective use of supervision.
  • Begin to explore issues of difference and their potential impact on the counselling relationship.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of reflecting on the process of counselling.
  • Demonstrate understanding ethical and practical aspects related to the maintenance of professional boundaries.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process involved in forming and sustaining a therapeutic relationship and secure therapeutic frame.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the different stages and types of therapeutic relationship, and the influence of a range of factors including client and therapist factors, and issues of context.
  • Identify ways in which the therapeutic frame can be disrupted and the impact of this on the counselling.
  • Recognise how issues of difference between the counsellor and client may affect the counselling process.
  • Understand and apply relevant parts of the ethical framework of relevant professional bodies
  • Describe the ways in which personal issues may impact on the counselling and the range of personal and professional resources available to counsellors.
  • Demonstrate the use of counselling skills to facilitate and reflect on a short counselling session.
  • Manage client material safely and ethically.
  • Applying knowledge & awareness to work with others in a manner which is sensitive to & respectful of difference.
  • Working autonomously, appropriately drawing on a range of resources & techniques.
  • Be able constructively to give, receive & act upon appropriate feedback.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Working effectively as part of a team or group.
  • Be able to use IT skills including word processing facilities, databases, basic statistical software, search techniques, data & resource retrieval.
  • Be able to engage with, understand and critically evaluate current texts and research literature.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to acquire new knowledge and skills.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % Pass/Fail Element - 80% Attendance Requirement

Component 2 - % Pass/Fail Element - Learning Statement (1000 words)

Component 3 - 50% Recording of a Practice Counselling Session (20 minutes)

Component 4 - 50% Critical Commentary (3000 words) and Transcript of Recording

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