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Humanistic Counselling

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University Of Ulster, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 0QB, County Antrim, United Kingdom

This course focuses on the key theoretical concepts and techniques which underpin the Humanistic approach to counselling. The course introduces participants to the core theories of humanistic psychology and their clinical applications. The teaching aims to introduce the subject area in an applied manner where participants can use the theories as a way of understanding client behaviour. The course also facilitates emphasis through skills training on how to work directly with client groups to help them resolve difficulties. Focusing on the importance of the relationship, this knowledge will be useful to those whose work involves communication and understanding others. Additionally, the theories will provide a foundation for the study of various integrative approaches to counselling. The course is aimed at practitioners who are working in a helping capacity to develop core theoretical and practice skills in Humanistic Counselling.

This course is taught by Mr Michael McGibbon. Michael is a full time psychotherapy and counselling lecturer for Ulster University. He lectures on the MSc programme for Counselling and Therapeutic Communication. As a core member of the University’s continued professional development team, Michael also provides specialist training and consultancy to psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and social workers from the health and social care trusts, voluntary sector and private practitioners. He is a senior accredited clinical psychotherapist with the Irish Council of Psychotherapy and the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. Michael has previously worked for over 15 years in the statutory health sectors of Ireland and The UK both as a principal social worker in child and adolescent mental health services and a senior clinical psychotherapist with adults presenting with complex developmental trauma. Michael’s research interest is in the development of the counsellor’s/psychotherapist’s use of self in practice. He has submitted articles on this subject to counselling and psychotherapy journals.

Entry Requirements: Any undergraduate degree

Start Date: 28 January 2016

Delivery: This course requires attendance for twelve afternoon sessions from 4.15pm to 6.15pm on Thursdays starting 28 January 2016 and finishing 28 April 2016 (no sessions on 24 March and 31 March 2016).

Assessment: 100% Coursework - (1) a 1000 word critique of a recorded skills session with the objective of integrating skills and understandings of the approach from practical basis and (2) a case study of 2000 words (which will be provided), with the objective of applying theories and understandings of the approach to a hypothetical client.

Location: Jordanstown Campus

Credit Points: 15

Cost: £416.25

Cost applicable for UK/EU applicants only. Applicants resident outside of UK/EU should contact [email protected] for a quotation in relation to the cost of the course.

This course is part of a framework of postgraduate professional development opportunities. If you wish, you can study a range of short courses over a period of time and build credit towards the Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development. Once you have successfully completed a combination of short courses worth 60 credits in total, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development. Full details of available courses can be found at

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