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Certificate in Counselling (First year of the part-time MSc Counselling Psychology Degree)

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Keele University
School of Psychology
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School of Psychology, Keele University, Keele, ST5 5BG, Staffordshire, United Kingdom


Keele University began offering counselling courses

40 years ago, and is an acknowledged leader in the

field of counselling and psychotherapy training. The

Keele University Certificate in Counselling is a

part-time course offered by the School of

Psychology. The course forms the first year of the part-time BACP accredited MSc Counselling Psychology programme

(year 1: Certificate in Counselling Psychology; Year 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology; Year 3: MSc Counselling Psychology). Year 1 and Year 2 form the BACP accredited Professional Counselling Training route and qualifies students to be professional counsellors.


The Certificate in Counselling is suitable for people from a range of

professional groups including: health, youth and

community, education, clergy, social work,

emergency services, personnel and management,

voluntary agencies, trade union officials and related

groups who wish to improve their communication skills. It can also be an entry route onto the MSc in Counselling Psychology for those who wish to train as professional counsellors.

Tuition takes place once a week during the academic year on a Tuesday afternoon from 12.00 until 5.00 p.m. There is one residential weekend at the

commencement of the course in September, and a

conference weekend will be held in the second

semester, both of which are compulsory.

Entry Requirements

The course is open to all applicants with an interest

in counselling or improving their communication skills

All applications will be considered on an

individual basis and applicants will be required to

attend an interview.

Applicants must show appropriate motivation and

commitment for participation in a course that

combines both experiential learning and academic

study. Applicants must be willing to comply with the

British Association for Counselling and

Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework and

Guidance on Good Practice in Counselling and



Formal qualifications are not a requirement for entry onto this programme. Life experience and experience of working in a helping a capacity are highly valued when considering candidates for this programme.


Aims of the Course

The course aims to offer participants an introduction to the

theory and practice of counselling and the use of counselling skills. The course contact hours

may, at the British Association of Counsellors and

Psychotherapists’s (BACP) discretion, be counted towards

meeting part of criterion 4 of the BACP’s accreditation


On completion of this Certificate in Counselling students

should have gained competencies in a wide range of

professional knowledge, skills, and self-development

relevant to the practice of counselling.

By the end of the course participants will be expected to be

able to:

Effectively sustain a counselling interview and maintain at

least a basic level of competency throughout;

Be aware of the importance of continuing personal

development for counsellors;

Offer a range of strategies appropriate to different stages in

a counselling relationship;

Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and

professional issues appropriate to counselling in the 21st


Demonstrate an understanding of various approaches to

counselling and an ability to evaluate each approach;

Discuss the organisational factors involved in counselling;

Recognise the importance to counsellors of ongoing


In addition students will develop a range of transferable skills

relevant to professional employment, for example, written,

oral and visual communication skills, numerical, information

technology, team working, problem solving, information

handling, research and learning to learn.

For academic enquiries see the Psychology andFor Further Information

Course Structure and Content

The Certificate in Counselling at Keele is a one-year,

part-time course with study days at Keele University

and student-arranged personal therapy. All elements

of the course are compulsory: there are no optional

pathways and a commitment to personal

development is essential. The philosophy of the

course is humanistic.

The model of teaching is a combination of

experiential participation, and theoretical input in the

form of lectures and group work. Personal academic

study of texts and articles, together with written

assignments and reports is integral to the course.

The course content is divided into three modules, two

addressing core counselling competencies, and one

embracing personal development and professional


Content includes the following: Person-Centred

Theory; Active Listening Skills; Counselling Process;

Power and Culture; Confidentiality & Ethical issues;

Loss & Bereavement. The Residential weekend in

September and the conference, which are both

compulsory, will facilitate students in getting a deeper

sense of self; developing a sense of community;

establishing individual and group contracts for the

course; establishing tutor groups.


Class attendance – 100% attendance is expected,

90% minimum attendance per semester is

necessary to pass. If students are absent they may

be asked to provide evidence of good cause for

any absence. Students must also show evidence of

having completed eight sessions of personal

therapy, prior to the award being granted.

A pass in each module must be achieved (pass

mark = 40) for the award of the Certificate in


Funding and Additional Costs

Most students are self-funded, although some may

receive contributions to their fees from their

employers. The course fee includes the residential

weekend plus attendance only at the conference.

However students have a requirement to complete

eight sessions of personal therapy throughout the

term of the course. Responsibility for organising

and the payment for these sessions lies with the

student, although advice will be given as required.

Cost: £2,500 for 2014/15

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