Introduction

This is the continuation of the pathway to the MA in Counselling Skills, Theories and Self-Awareness. Embark on this programme after you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, Theories and Self-Awareness.

Key Info

Duration: 6 months up

Start: Monthly

Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree in the same or related discipline, or equivalent

 

Who is this for?

The second stage of the program, the Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Skills, Theories and Self-Awareness builds on the learning from the Post Graduate Certificate (or alternative courses of study for learners ‘transferring-in’ from other programs) and will appeal particularly but not exclusively to professionals and volunteers who are looking to extend the pastoral dimension of their work and to incorporate supervised counselling practice within their careers or voluntary activities.

 

What will I learn?

Learners will have to complete the four (4) core modules below. Each module is 10 ECTS points. Learners must accumulate a total of 40 ECTS points to graduate.

CNS710: Introduction to Constructivist Counselling Skills and Theories 

An Overview of the Skills, Theories and Self-Awareness Techniques of:

  • George Kelly: The Psychology of Personal Constructs and the Construction of the Self.
  • William Glasser: Choice Theory and Reality Therapy.
  • Eric Berne: Transactional Analysis; Parent, Adult and Child Ego States and the Life Script.
CNS713: Introduction to Family and Systemic Counselling Skills and Theories

An Overview of the Skills, Theories and Self-Awareness Techniques of:

  • Virginia Satir: The Communication Approach to Family Therapy; the Communication Styles of Blamer, Placater, Super-Reasonable Person, Irrelevant Person and Congruent Communicator.
  • Salvador Minuchin: The Structural Approach; Coalitions, Triangulations, Disengagement and Enmeshment.
CNS715: Introduction to Trance and Mindfulness Counselling Skills and Theories

An Overview of the Skills, Theories and Self-Awareness Techniques of:

  • Milton Erickson: Indirect Hypnosis and Therapeutic Storytelling.
  • Richard Bandler & John Grinder: Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
  • David Grove: Clean Language and the Metaphorical Landscape.
  • Joe Griffin & Ivan Tyrrell: The Human Givens Approach and the Emotional Needs.
  • Eugene Gendlin: Focusing and contacting the Felt Sense.
  • Steven Hayes: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
CNS718: Introduction to Solution-Focused Counselling Skills and Theories 

An Overview of the Skills, Theories and Self-Awareness Techniques of:

  • Steve de Shazer & Insoo Kim Berg: Solution-Focused Therapy and The Miracle Question.
  • Tim Gallwey: The ‘Inner-Game’ of Life,
  • John Whitmore and Graham Alexander: Life Coaching and the GROW Model.

 

How will I learn?

The course has been designed to involve roughly 1200 hours of study. Successful completion of the Post Graduate Diploma leads to the award of 40 ECTS points. This award provides the entry point to the Master of Arts in Counselling Skills, Theories and Self-Awareness.

The PG Diploma in Counselling Skills, Theories and Self-Awareness provides an overview of the evolution and development of four further leading approaches to counselling (Constructivist, Family and Systemic, Trance and Mindfulness and Solution-Focused) demonstrating a wide range of theories, tools and techniques which participants will be able to incorporate within their own professional practice.

 

Fees:
Fees refer to tuition only. It does not include ancillary expenses such as required materials (see above), textbooks, internet connections, postage, telephone calls, insurance and printing. 

 

Duration:
Time varies depending upon exemptions, performance and the workload. Accreditation for Prior Learning or Experience (APEL) can reduce time and fees. Part of a degree pathway.