Institute of Human Sciences

Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy

MSc Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years

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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award MSc
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year), Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Institute of Human Sciences

Why choose this course?

Study Counselling & Psychotherapy with us and gain the skills you need to practise as a psychological therapist.

Our MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy brings training in the foundations of therapy, training those who are keen to support individual in a variety of settings.

Our modern programme includes:

· A comprehensive learning experience with an expert team.

· State of the art facilities & equipment.

**The programme has been designed to meet BACP accreditation criteria, and will be submitted for accreditation in Summer 2021. Graduates at this time will be required to apply for the BACP certificate of proficiency to gain registration, and we expect graduates will be well-equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to complete

Background

Building on our long history as an education provider of training in applied psychology in therapeutic practise, we have developed our programme to incorporate best practise from the fields of Psychology, Psychotherapy, and modern mental healthcare.

The field of counselling is a thriving and growing area of professional practise, with standards and duties undergoing enhancement all the time. Our programme has been designed to ensure you have the skills and competencies to remain current and up to date as a practitioner.

Counselling & Psychotherapy

The programme has a foundation in humanist values, with emphasis on an empathic therapist-client relationship as central to mental health work. It allows an integrative framework for the development of a range of clinical, research, and reflective skills. It offers an applied working knowledge of humanistic therapy, with a view to integration of other therapeutic modalities. Each year you will undertake a range of modules where you will learn from qualified experts in the field, who will teach you how to engage with clients and make a positive contribution to their welfare. You will engage an experiential learning throughout the entirety of the programme, and develop a robust skill-set.

The vitality of the course comes from an experienced and supportive course team, passionate about empowerment in mental health. Building on a programme history spanning two decades, the programme is committed to the development of ethical and reflective practitioners who work collaboratively with clients, as co-creators of the therapeutic experience.

Modern Training

The team has longstanding relationships with experienced placement supervisors in the NHS, education sector and surrounding services. We work closely to ensure that course content and clinical placement experiences remain at the forefront of modern mental health practice.

Our Team 

We are a diverse group of people welcoming those of any ethnicity, culture, religion or sexual orientation to join our community and contribute to the profession of Psychology.  Our team are members of professional bodies – including the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Chartered psychologists, and the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will be learning from experienced practitioners in Forensic, Counselling, and Clinical Psychology.

Join us at the next Postgraduate Open Evening and meet some of our team.

Our Place

The course is part of the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Education, Health, & Wellbeing.  The School of Psychology is the professional home to over 50 teaching and research staff, bringing a broad range of interests and experience to benefit students learning on our portfolio of courses.  Our School is recognised as one of the leading providers of Psychology education, using innovative teaching methods focussing on the application of scientific and theoretical principles to the study of people’s lives.  Psychology staff are grouped into a variety of highly active research clusters through our Centre for Psychological Research, publishing in the latest academic journals and working to make a real-world impact on people’s lives. 

We provide multiple opportunities to enhance your career and create networks inside and outside of the department: including volunteering networks, peer mentoring, and the opportunity to become a research assistant for our academic staff using the Research Opportunities Network.

On Campus

The course is based at our City Centre campus - the Millennium City building, where you learning a multidisciplinary environment alongside our colleagues in nursing and social care.  The building offers a unique learning space in our psychology labs, simulated environments for creative research projects, and our cyberpsychology lab with the latest in virtual-reality and eye-tracking equipment.

Training Support

We offer many levels of support, such as academic, placement, research, and cohort tutors who provide personal support and professional mentoring in relation to many aspects of the training.  While in training you will have access to our professional practice resources, teaching materials, CPD activities and regular tutorials with members of the team.  We also support graduates as they enter the workplace, as alumni and members of the professional community.  We work in partnership with Advance HE, the nationally recognised body in teaching quality, to continually develop the quality of our courses with modern teaching and learning practises. 

Your Future

Our applied programmes create critical thinkers, leaders, and innovators who make real contributions to any role in which they work. Our courses are integrative and inclusive, where we focus on teaching and assessment using multiple techniques enabled by digital technologies. A variety of teaching methods enables us to develop self-directed learners, who are adaptable and well-prepared for modern workforce. 

We provide a supportive learning environment for people with creative minds, who like to ask challenging questions and find out what is behind what they see in front of them. 

 

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What happens on the course?

Course Content

During the programme you will be welcomed into our postgraduate community, working closely your fellow students and our team of psychological therapists and trainers.  

Our programme begins with an intensive welcome-week study package, designed to facilitate your transition to postgraduate study.  It includes group contracting, forming your peer relationships, expectations of trainees & staff, roles in the training process, library & literature searching skills, project management, and resilience building. 

The training journey incorporates a diverse range of scaffolding learning activities, facilitating trainees to autonomous self-directed practise in alignment with the latest practise-requirements.  The programme provides regular opportunities to demonstrate your self-awareness, benefitting from a regular process of self-exploration, self-examination, and reflection in a safe and confidential setting.  You will develop critical thinking skills and learn to evaluate evidence in the pursuit of ethical decision making in line with the BACP ethical framework. 

Training

You will experience a variety of high quality learning experiences, such as lectures, seminars, blended learning, online materials, group tutorials, and practical workshops. Assignments are supported with formative learning activities such as essays, research proposals, debates, presentations, quizzes, and online discussions.  As you make progress you develop transferrable skills in writing, analysis, research, problem-solving, and reporting.  You grow as an independent psychological researcher, skilled in complex problem-solving. Teaching develops knowledge and skills through hands-on work with psychological data, examining issues from across the spectrum of applied psychology. You will also examine various philosophical approaches to psychology in order to be able to evaluate, critique and question current psychological thinking.

All our courses actively embed employability into every aspect of the course, ensuring you are prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation.  Graduates finish with a range of marketable skills in problem solving, data analysis, communication, information synthesis, and are well placed to take on further study or a career role.  Research is also embedded throughout the programme, enabling you to see the links between research and the real-world.

Structure:

  • Week 1 - Welcome Week: Includes an intensive week of teaching and group-based activities to develop your group contract, and prepare for university life at postgraduate level.
  • Semester 1: Foundations. Your first semester includes a range of modules designed to prepare you for placement, and build the foundations of your therapeutic approach.  You will go through a range of theoretical and experiential activities in therapeutic relationships, relational dynamics, starting and ending therapeutic relationships, assessment, ethics, risk management, professional conduct, engaging in supervision, and much more. 
  • Semester 2: Placement, Research, and Growing Autonomy. You will being your placement in January/February of the year, and work with an approved placement provider to put your skills into practise in a live clinical setting.  Your supervisor will provide you with detailed supervision, ensuring you have the reflective space in which to grow as a practitioner.  You will also engage in a research project, studying an issue relevant to your course.  You will be provided with a research supervisor who will work with you to propose a research question, collect data, analyse and interpret your study, and produce a thesis with meaningful recommendations for practise.  The programme continues to develop advanced practise skills as well as a range of professional workshops, including: how to set up a private practise. 
  • Summer Term: You will attend the Student Annual Research Conference, hosted by the School of Psychology, and have the opportunity to present your
  • Summer Term: You will also have an ‘online therapy bootcamp’ to learn skills in the nuances of working remotely. Our specialist tutor will provide an overview of the most recent research in this dynamic and changing field of practise. 

 

Planning Your Journey

*Our current timetable and module pathways document can be downloaded here.

Clinical Placements: A Network of Partners

You will undertake a clinical placement throughout your studies.  We have a network of partner providers who work with us each year, hosting trainees in placement settings. As an enrolled trainee we will connect you with our partner network to open up opportunities for placements across the Midlands and beyond.

We are especially proud to have developed a three year placement pathway in collaboration with colleagues at Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, providing a full training journey to those who study with us. 

  • All trainees are required to work in a supervised clinical setting, and achieve 100 hours of direct clinical contact throughout the programme.

Opportunities

Through our School of Psychology we also provide opportunity to complete a placement at the Psychology Community Research Clinic (PCRC), where you may support students undertaking other programmes throughout the university.  

 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The current course is built in line with the BACP curriculum and structure of teaching and training. The programme is working toward accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and has been developed in alignment with the requirements of BACP.  Graduates will be well-equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply for the BACP Certificate of proficiency leading to professional registration as a counsellor or psychotherapist, ready to practice with the public. Graduates of this course could apply for employment at any counselling/ psychotherapy post advertised in the NHS, the private or charitable sectors across the UK or abroad. BACP registrants also have access to internal job vacancies of the BACP.

The course addresses key aspects of the Wolverhampton Framework for Curriculum Design for employability and enterprising and entrepreneurial aspects:

 

  • Assignments proven to be particularly effective for training counsellors and psychotherapists such as process reports, case studies, personal and reflective journals are included in this course.
  • The course includes several learning activates that create a realistic counselling environment of learning and training as well as a personal developmental context which prepares students to develop group working and other transferable skills which will give them a competitive employability edge upon qualification.
  • Students’ employability prospects are increased because graduates from this course will meet the criteria to apply and register with BACP, a leading professional body in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
  • This course considers recent development in the field and provides a dedicated boot-camp component in working therapeutically online to ensure graduates will be able to practise safely online.
  • The course will use all process relating to hearing the student voice within the university ensuring that the course is student-oriented.
  • Graduates of this course will have completed a minimum of 100 hours of supervised practice during their clinical placement module, taking on the role of a trainee counsellor, working with real clients in various clinical settings.
  • Students will participate in conference events organised within the department and encouraged to present their own work to help build their professional network and exploit opportunities for future collaboration with experienced researchers or practitioners.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • Staff Expertise: You will be learning from experienced practitioners in Forensic, Counselling, and Clinical Psychology, as well as published experts in the fields of Cyber, Health, Occupational, and Cognitive Psychology. We work in partnership with Advance HE, the nationally recognised body in teaching quality, to continually develop the quality of our courses with modern learning practises.  The staff leading your programme are registered professionals with BACP, HCPC, & BPS.  Find out more about our staff here
  • Career: Gain a professional focus and applied experience of psychology, ensuring you are equipped to take the further steps in your career. Our programme makes a significant positive impact on your career trajectory.
  • Placements: Our course offers placement opportunities, enabling you to use skills and competencies in practice. You may work under supervision of a qualified Psychologist in several applied domains, such as: Counselling, Clinical, Educational, Forensic, Health, Occupational, and Academic Research.  Taking on a place gives you valuable experience in the application of your skills in practice and allows you to adapt to the challenge of a modern workplace throughout your studies.  Both theory and placement learning are highly valued by employers and equip you for taking on a graduate job as soon as your studies are complete. 
  • International Focus: University of Wolverhampton is a diverse community of people, with staff and students from 120 different countries. In an ever-increasing global world, graduates are required to navigate complex information systems and provide creative solutions to issues that affect people internationally. Our curriculum includes development of skills of value in an increasingly international workplace. 
  • Student Support & Mentoring: Student support is at the heart of our approach. Receive support from personal tutors who are expert in applied and theoretical psychology, and keen to support your learning. Mentoring throughout your studies with your personal tutor contributes considerably to the success of our students through regular progress reviews and careers advice.  
  • Psychology Community Research Clinic: Our school operates a research-based mental health clinic. Our clinical staff and postgraduate trainees on our MSc and Professional Doctorate programmes provide confidential support, a range of psychological therapies, and workshop training to students who need additional support to succeed. Our aim is to provide the best recipe for success, and we support you to achievement through helping you reach the next step on your academic journey.
  • Research Projects: All students are encouraged to explore research projects with real-world application and unique project design, presenting the opportunity to make a real-world change.
  • Research Community: You become part of an active and supportive research community. Opportunities for participant recruitment are fostered through our participant system, enabling you to take part in studies as a participant in your first year and gaining access as a researcher in your final year.
  • Applied & Authentic Assessment: All of our assessments focus on the practical elements of the course, providing a flavour of the real-world work of a practicing Psychologist.
  • State of the Art Facilities: Learn in our dedicated research and computer labs with over 50 networked computers, an observation room with a one-way mirror, video analysis equipment. Our cyberpsychology research laboratory is stocked with the latest in virtual reality and eye-tracking equipment. 
  • Psychological Test Library: Gain access to the latest psychometric tools for your research with our comprehensive test library.
  • Specialist Software: Our software library provides all of the latest data collection and analysis programmes, so you have the tools you need to succeed. Psychology-specific software such as SPSS, NVIVO, Qualitrics, Microsoft Office 365, are included as part of course fees. 
  • Books, Journal Subscriptions & Skills for Learning: We have an extensive online journal library, with latest research in each specialist area. Our library team provides training in how to get the best out of our online journal provision and are on hand to help you navigate your way through the extensive library.  We also have core textbooks available in full text online, supporting you no matter where you study. 

Upon completion of this course you will have developed:

  • a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
  • in-depth knowledge of the BACP Ethical Framework, as well as a critical understanding of its applications in resolving associated ethics dilemmas in practice.
  • a comprehensive understanding of therapeutic interventions and research-based knowledge, at basic and advanced levels, applicable to the field counselling and psychotherapy.
  • originality in the application of theoretical knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established interventions are applied in an ethically viable way within professional contexts.
  • a solid conceptual and theoretical understanding of key research methods leading to an ability to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship, appraise methodologies and develop, where appropriate, new hypotheses informed by the latest development in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

Graduates from our training course will be equipped to practise as competent counselling and psychotherapy practitioners in various sectors within mental health care, able to:

  • assess, evaluate and address complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements, implement formulated therapeutic plans and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in the provision of counselling and psychotherapy services in the mental health sector while acting autonomously in advancing their knowledge, insight and skills basis at personal and professional levels.

You will also be able to demonstrate a broad range of transferable skills, such as:

  • working with others
  • respect, integrity accountability and collegiality
  • giving and receiving positive and negative feedback
  • personal and professional development
  • initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • appropriate levels of written and spoken English
  • numerical skills, IT literacy
  • problem management skills
  • communication skills

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on preparing you with a number of desirable graduate attributes, including specialist knowledge and enterprise, technological literacy, research skills, and effective communication.

 

  1. Writing: Every piece of work you submit receives feedback and advice to help develop your skills as a writer. Our aim is to support you in expressing your ideas clearly, concisely, and with impact.
  2. Critical Thinking & Reasoning: Analysis of research, assumptions, methods, ethics, and how research is applied is a key part of psychology. You must consider each source that you use, and reference your work.  Critical thinking skills enable graduates to navigate the increasingly complex modern world, and understand what is beneath the surface of any current issue. 
  3. Communication: Learning to communicate is key to a successful career. Throughout your programme you will develop skills to improve your presentation abilities, and articulate an argument to have meaningful impact. 
  4. Problem Solving: The ability to provide solutions based on logical analysis of a problem is a skill many employer desire. This skill requires you to think outside-the-box and understand the underlying factors at play. These skills are developed purposefully as part of a degree in psychology, and help students achieve autonomy throughout their studies.
  5. Research & Analysis: A key part of many careers is the skill with which information can be gathered, organised, understood, and analysed for useful conclusions. A degree in psychology promotes these skills from the start. 
  6. Teamwork: Working collaboratively with others on tasks, building positive relationships in the workplace, and maintaining connections over time are valuable skills for any graduate. Studying with us presents opportunities to build these skills, and learn how to productively work with a variety of different people and personalities.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £10900 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £11000 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £11000 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £5450 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £5500 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £14450 per year 2022-23

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

  • An upper second-class honours degree (2:1). Graduates of a BSc Psychology & Counselling degree are ideally placed for entry. Applicants who have not completed any counselling component, as part of their previous qualification, will need to demonstrate an understanding to the nature of the counselling profession (or some experience in a helping role) and an increased self-reflective attitude upon life experience and the emotional stability required for counselling practise.
  • You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element) or an acceptable equivalent.
  • Successful Interview Selection: Beyond the academic/critical analytic skills (demonstrate the 2:1 degree) the interview process will assess potential participants though a holistic approach taking into the following attributes: - Self-awareness, maturity and stability - Ability to make use of and reflect upon life experience - Capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the course - Ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirement - Ability to form a helping relationship - Ability to be self-critical and use both positive and negative feedback - Awareness of the nature of prejudice and oppression - Awareness of issues of difference and equality - Ability to recognise the need for personal and professional support - Competence in, or the aptitude to develop generic professional skills, including: literacy, numeracy, information technology, administrative skills, self- management skills, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • We will ask for appropriate references

Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans gov.uk.

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits


Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


Self-funded:

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.


Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.


You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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