This programme provides opportunities for students to develop their knowledge and skills as a counsellor, and is especially suited to those considering a career as a practising counsellor. Counselling is a talking therapy with two major strands: firstly, helping people cope with emotional and relational difficulties and, secondly, facilitating personal growth.
In the first term of the programme, and informed by the reflective scientist-practitioner model, students are introduced to counselling theory and ethics, and are taught and practice counselling skills. Due to the course leading to a professional qualification in counselling, much of the learning is experiential where students can develop their counselling skills as well as how to apply theory to their work.
The primary theoretical and philosophical approach the programme teaches in the person-centred approach with an emphasis upon the importance of intersubjectivity and the therapeutic relationship. In the second term students can gain practical experience as trainee counsellors, learn about relevant clinical research paradigms, and are introduced to methods for reliably assessing a client’s response to counselling, including the use of measurement tools such as questionnaires.
The second year will focus on the MSc, where students can develop a range of research skills and engage in a research project in relation to counselling.
Following completion of the PG Diploma Counselling (first year), students can apply for individual registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) pending completion of professional practice hours.
The programme is designed to develop students' theoretical knowledge, therapeutic competency, and formation as a professional counsellor. In the first term, students will have teaching for four days a week that will focus on development of core counselling skills and acquisition of theory. In the second term, teaching will reduce to two days a week and students will also be expected to develop their skills as a professional counsellor through engaging in a placement.
Teaching and learning will be developed through a range of methods, including:
Due to the nature of this programme weekly contact hours may vary. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study. For more detailed information specific to this course please contact the Programme Leader.
As a part of the programme you are required undertake a placement where you need to acquire 100 hours of face-to-face therapeutic work. The purpose of the placement is to enable you to develop experience in delivering therapy and competence in counselling skills. You will be required to engage in a minimum of two hours of individual supervision per month from the start of the placement. Supervision is compulsory and an integral part of the programme.
Students are responsible for acquiring and sourcing their own placements and are advised to consider future career objectives and interests when considering placements.
The University has developed partnerships with both NHS and non-NHS services (third sector organisations, schools, and community organisations) who are able to provide placements, however, these organisations may have their own internal application process. Students will be provided support in finding an appropriate placement.
To ensure placements are appropriate and meet the necessary learning outcomes, all placements should be approved by the programme prior to students starting therapeutic work.>
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.
This module focuses on developing students' skills and understanding of therapeutic engagement and practice, to prepare them for roles as practicing counsellors.
This module aims to develop students' understanding of the Reflective Scientist-Practitioner Model, and will expose them to the skills required to embed their counselling practice within the evidence base. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the research process, different types of research designs common for clinical settings, their engagement with the scientific literature, and how to communicate research findings to different types of audiences.
This module is designed to provide insight into common types of outcomes measures used within counselling practice, their evaluation, and how to integrate them into students' own practice.
The thesis is designed to allow students to explore their interests in a specific area of research in more detail. It provides the opportunity to design, implement, analyse, and write-up a substantial piece of empirical work.
This module introduces students to the theory of person-centred approaches to growth as the main theoretical foundation of our course.
The purpose of the placements is to provide students with the opportunity to translate their counselling knowledge and acquired skills into supervised counselling practice, to engage in supervised client contact and to observe and learn from the clinical supervisor.
This module focuses on enabling students to develop reflective skills, enabling them to become reflective practitioners. The module will include engagement in a reflective group where a range of relevant topics will be discussed in a group format.
The module will cover the relevant evidence for working with different psychological interventions. It aims to develop an understanding of traditional paradigms of treatment and therapy as well as examining some more recent innovations, to allow comparison and integration with the person-centered treatment approach.
This module aims to develop the skills, understanding, and self-awareness that enable students to work safely and ethically as professional counsellors.
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
Students are assessed through a range of assessment types and formats. These include essays, case studies, presentations, counselling role plays, research reports, research proposals, and a portfolio.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure a prompt return of in-course assessments– usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.
There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.
In addition to course fees, additional costs may be incurred as a requirement of course-specific materials such as clothing or equipment. With regards to textbooks, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read.
Students undertaking placements will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and general living expenses.
It is recommended that you become a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Student membership details can be found at https://www.bacp.co.uk/membership/student-membership/
Additional recommendations are that students should engage in their own personal therapy as a part of the training process (average prices between £30 to 50 a session), and students are also advised to obtain their own professional liability insurance.
First or upper second class honours degree. All offers made to those still completing a BA/BSc are contingent upon applicants meeting these requirements.
Candidates are required to have experience of working in a helping and caring role in either a paid or voluntary capacity. This experience should demonstrate the candidate’s ability to support individuals in distress and also engage in listening and communication skills.
Applicants will be required to pass an enhanced DBS clearance.
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element.
For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/
These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.
At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
The Sarah Swift Building is the home of the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology. The building houses specialist teaching and research spaces for both Schools, as well as general teaching and learning facilities for the wider University.
At the heart of student life is the Great Central Warehouse Library which provides access to more than 250,000 journals and 400,000 print and electronic books, as well as databases and specialist collections.
Following successful completion of the PG Diploma at the end of the first year, students can apply for individual registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) pending completion of professional practice hours.
Students completing the full MSc may choose to pursue a career in research and academia.
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The programme is designed to develop students' theoretical knowledge, therapeutic competency, and formation as a professional counsellor.
The focus of this programme is on learning about applied research methods and techniques in different areas of Psychological research.
This programme aims to develop the strengths of both scientist-practitioner and reflective-practitioner stances.