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Person-Centred Counselling, MSc, PgCert or PgDip

University of Aberdeen

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Aberdeen

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

This therapeutic approach is based on the human potential model; belief in people’s ability to grow and sits at the heart of positive psychology.

The theoretical model and philosophical ethos of the programme are based on the Person-Centred approach developed by Carl Rogers. The Post-Graduate diploma is designed to run part-time over 2 years, successful completion of which allows progression to the MSc. The Master's stage of the programme consists of the participation on the 'Work Based Project and Dissertation Course.'

This qualification has been designed to meet the professional training requirements of COSCA, with the Diploma consisting of a minimum 400 tutor contact hours and 180 client hours.

The programme aims to enable students to:

  • Understand the philosophy, theory and research of the person-centred approach
  • Develop a high level of awareness of, and competence in, person-centred counselling relationships
  • Understand person-centred therapeutic process
  • Develop awareness of their professional developmental needs and how to fully use supervision
  • Evaluate the importance of personal development in relation to training as a person-centred counsellor
  • Consider the effect of personal experience, values and attitudes on practice
  • Develop critical understanding of where the person-centred modality is placed in the field of counselling and the role counselling plays in society as a whole
  • Place individual counselling practice within a sound ethical framework as outlined in the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and the COSCA Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice.
  • Keep accurate and up-to-date records of client work in accordance with professional body ethical guidelines (BACP 2018, COSCA 2018).

On completion of the validated Diploma, students can register as a qualified counsellor with the professional bodies. There are growing opportunities for employment in the third sector, in EAP companies and for working in private practice. There are also opportunities in Human Resources, Occupational Health and in health services as a counsellor or Wellbeing Practitioner. This programme is accredited by COSCA. Students can progress into the MEd after successful completion of the PgCert and PgDip.

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University of Aberdeen

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    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

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