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MSc Counselling Children and Young People Who is it for?


You are a graduate of psychology and counselling or other cognate disciplines, social and behavioural sciences, education, health, social care and related fields who has an interest in counselling work with children, young people and their families. You may be a practitioner from health, social, educational or voluntary services who works in different settings (children and adolescent mental health or family services, social services, schools, voluntary sector and private practice).


About the Course


The course promotes an advanced theoretical understanding of counselling with children and young people. Our experienced course team hold specific expertise in CBT, systemic family therapy, psychodynamic approaches, and humanistic approaches, and are able to teach students an integrated approach to counselling with children and young people. The programme is designed according to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT CYP) standards to equip you with a working knowledge of child development and the development of psychological difficulties in children and young people in their contexts.


Core Skills for Working with Children and Young People


The module covers the core skills identified in the training programme recommended by the UK Government Department of Health as part of its strategy to increase access to psychological therapies for children and young people.


Counselling with Children and Young People


This module will provide you with an opportunity to develop a detailed and critical understanding of an integrated model of counselling with children, young people and families, synthesising a systemic model with the use of creative therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy, and brief solution- focused interventions with children, young people and their families.


Counselling Children and Young People in Practice


Course Content


Each module involves approximately 70 hours of formal teaching, with some additional placement attendance where relevant. You will engage in a combination of traditional lectures, workshops, seminar discussions, research-based practical work, group-work, individual tutorials and independent study. As the self-reflective and personal development of the counsellor is central to the professional practice, a strong emphasis is placed on group process work, group supervision, video activities and role plays.


Modules


Understanding Mental Health in Children and Young People


This module enables a critical analysis of developmental issues in childhood and adolescence with specific reference to the inter-relationship between the processes of development and the context within which young people grow, develop and experience difficulties.


This module will support you in the practical application of knowledge and skills developed in the programme in a placement context. Through supervision of theory to practice and practice to theory, the module helps you build a coherent integrated model of counselling with children and young people.


Dissertation


The dissertation is designed to develop the skills needed for independent research, and to support you to autonomously formulate and conduct an empirical research project under supervision to complete a 12,000 - 15,000 word dissertation.


Assessment


Learning is assessed by a range of different methods, such as essays, case studies, self-reflective log books, critical reviews, video recorded role plays and oral presentations. There are no examinations.


Career Opportunities


Graduates of the programme will be able to work as a counsellor in a range of settings such as healthcare and educational institutions, residential facilities, and community and youth work agencies. For students with a professional background (such as teaching, nursing and social work) the programme will strengthen your skills and competences and allow you to develop a strong specialism in children’s mental health. You will have the skills to appropriately position yourself as a counsellor and will have a good critical and in-depth understanding of professional practices when working with children, young people, families, parents and carers.


Duration of Course


The course begins in September and is completed over one year.


Entry Requirements You will normally have a First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all categories (or equivalent).


On-course requirements: To count towards a professional body accreditation, such as UKCP or BACP, the course requires you to undertake a supervised placement practice of a minimum of 100 hours and a minimum 40 hours of personal therapy with an approved and BACP or UKCP accredited counsellor or therapist. A student membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are also mandatory.


T +44 1604 892546 E international@northampton.ac.uk W www.northampton.ac.uk


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