PG Certificate Person-Centred Counselling Skills (PG Cert)


Attendance
Part Time
Award
Postgraduate Certificate



The one year part-time Certificate in Person-centred Counselling Skills provides students with an opportunity to acquire both the practical experience and the theoretical understanding required to offer counselling skills, with confidence and competence, in a person-centred way.

Course members meet for a weekly class during term time only, with occasional extra weekend workshops (these dates are arranged by each group to ensure maximum availability). Sessions include: theory workshops; structured and unstructured group work; skills practice; the use of audio/video recording with peer group and tutor feedback; written analysis and reflection.

Through the facilitated group work and by encouraging students to keep a reflective learning journal throughout the course, we aim to create an environment where self-exploration, the sharing of experience and constructive feedback is possible and rich interpersonal and intra-personal learning can happen.

Overview

The one year part-time Certificate in person-centred counselling skills provides students with an opportunity to acquire both the practical experience and the theoretical understanding required to offer counselling skills, with confidence and competence, in a person-centred way.

Course members meet for a weekly class during term time only, with occasional extra weekend workshops (these dates are arranged by each group to ensure maximum availability). Sessions include: theory workshops; structured and unstructured group work; skills practice; the use of audio/video recording with peer group and tutor feedback; written analysis and reflection. Through the facilitated group work and by encouraging students to keep a reflective learning journal throughout the course, we aim to create an environment where self exploration, the sharing of experience and constructive feedback is possible and rich interpersonal and intra-personal learning can happen.

“The initial Certificate courses at UEA have often proved to be life-changing events for participants. For many, too, they have been the vital first stage in a process which has led ultimately to qualification as a professional counsellor. I am proud to have been associated with these courses since their inception.” Brian Thorne, Emeritus Professor

Coursework and Assessment

All areas will be assessed throughout the course using a variety of written and practical assignments and will involve self, peer and tutor assessment.

Recommended reading

Brian Thorne, Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of East Anglia and Professor of Education in the College of Teachers has written the books 'Person Centred Counselling in Action' and 'Carl Rogers', which are both recommended texts for our person centred courses.

Dates for the 2016/17 Academic Year

Exact dates will be confirmed shortly, however the November intake runs mainly on Friday mornings with some weekend sessions and the January intake runs mainly on Thursday evenings with some weekend sessions.

Please note these dates are subject to change. 

Course Modules

There are three main areas of emphasis, which are interrelated throughout the course so that sessions will contain elements of each:

1. Theory and Professional Issues

  • An introduction to the work of Carl Rogers and the Person-Centred approach
  • Person-Centred Personality Theory
  • The therapeutic conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard
  • Professional issues of confidentiality and ethics for practitioners of counselling skills
  • Specialist topics such as bereavement may be discussed and there will be many opportunities for understanding the development and application of counselling skills

2. Counselling Skills

  • Developing the ability to offer the core conditions of empathic understanding, unconditional acceptance and congruence within a helping relationship
  • Building confidence in responding to a wide variety of people in different situations
  • Extending students’ ability to relate to others in depth

3. Personal Development

  • Developing an understanding of our own thoughts, feelings and behavioural
  • Developing our own self-awareness including awareness of personal prejudices, boundaries and limitations
  • Developing an understanding of the way behavioural is perceived and understood
  • Identifying and enhancing inter-personal styles of communication and relating
  • Experiencing the process of establishing, developing and maintaining relationships with others including fellow students and those we listen to in our work roles

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject All degree subjects considered
  • Special Entry Requirements Applicants are preferred to hold a degree

Entry Requirement

Applicants should demonstrate the following in their application and personal statements:

  • Evidence of previous study of Counselling Skills. This will ordinarily be demonstrated by satisfactorily completing an introductory course in Counselling Skills.*
  • Evidence of a good understanding of the theory of person-centred counselling.  This will ordinarily be demonstrated by satisfactorily completing an introductory course in Person Centred Theory and Practice.*
  • Some experience of a helping role in which counselling skills are used.
  • That you have opportunities to use your developing counselling skills during the course (e.g. in a voluntary placement or a professional role).

*Please contact the admissions office at admissions@uea.ac.uk or on 01603 591515 for details of suitable introductory courses in Norwich.  Please note that all applicants must submit a satisfactory reference from their introductory course/previous counselling course with their application.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Special Entry Requirements

Applicants should ensure they have sufficient time for private study.  Students should expect to spend at least 8 hours a week for the January-July Certificate and 6 hours a week for the November-July Certificate courses.  This study time will include guided reading, keeping a reflective learning journal, using counselling skills in work or voluntary work and completing coursework assignments.

Fees and Funding

​Fees for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU students: £2,430
  • International students:TBC

Currently there are no School scholarships available for this course.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can usually apply online.

The November course is now full and applicants will be considered for a reserve place or the January intake.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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