MA/PG Dip Professional Practice Counselling & Psychotherapy

This course is for qualified therapists and counsellors, who are looking for an opportunity to update or extend their knowledge, gain a higher-level qualification.

There are currently two subject options:

  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Supervision
  • Please see below for more information.

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    MA/PG Dip Professional Practice Counselling & Psychotherapy (Supervision)

    Starting January 2018

    This option is for qualified therapists and counsellors, who wish to undertake a training in supervision and obtain a postgraduate qualification. The course will follow the same syllabus as the Minster Centre Supervision Diploma for the first three modules with the addition of a further clinical supervision module for the PG Dip. Students registered and continuing on for the MA will attend an extra three weekends on research awareness and methods which lead to undertaking a piece of independent research, in the second year. This will be overseen by a research supervisor and supported by the course staff. For further details on course content see below.

    The supervision strand meets both the UKCP requirements for supervision training and the BACP Counselling Supervision Training Curriculum.

    Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this option are as follows:

    • You must hold a professional qualification in counselling or psychotherapy (BACP or UKCP accredited course or equivalent).
    • You must have been in clinical practice for at least three years.
    • You will need to practice supervision or work in a supervisory capacity during the course.
    • If you do not have a first degree will need to demonstrate that they can produce work to MA standards, either through results in previous professional training or through equivalent training or experience.
    • You must have competence in the English language; we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate a capacity to study in English either through your written and practical work during previous training at the Minster Centre or, the most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). For the full range of equivalent English language qualifications please download the full range of English language qualification equivalents from here
    • We are not able to consider applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study.

    Disclosure and Barring Service: A DBS check will be required before you can start seeing clients. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from training or seeing clients but you should disclose all convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings or occasions when you have been bound and any active involvement with police investigations on your application form so that we can consider their relevance to your suitability to train and see cleints. If you do not disclose this material and a DBS check subsequently identifies it this will be dealt with as a fitness to practice issue and you could result in you leaving the training. If you are accepted on the course we cannot guarantee external placements will accept students with a criminal record. Working with clients is an essential part of the qualification and you will not be able to receive the qualification without them. There may be implications resulting from a criminal record for future employment, and there is no guarantee that completing the course will mean students will also be eligible for professional registration. This is a decision made by the relevant regulatory body. More information is available here

    Accreditation of Prior Learning:
    Applicants who have undertaken previous relevant training or who have had significant relevant experience (deemed to be equivalent to a postgraduate level) may be able to apply for exemption from one or more modules.

    Year One
    The teaching takes place in weekend blocks:
    Fridays 6.30pm - 9.00pm,
    Saturdays, Sundays 10.00pm - 5.00pm,

    On the following dates in 2018:

  • January 26th-28th
  • February 23rd-25th
  • March 23rd-25th
  • April 20th-22nd
  • May 18th-20th
  • June 22nd-24th
  • July 13th-15th
  • In addition students who have registered for the MA (and not the PG Diploma) will need to attend a research training weekend workshop in June TBA.

    3 Weekend Teaching Blocks: Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays: PG Diploma students will not attend on Fridays
     
    September: TBC
    November: TBC
    December: TBC

    In addition students who have registered for the MA (and not the PG Diploma) will need to attend a research training weekend in October TBA.

    Year Two
    MA students will be required to attend one teaching weekend early in the year and will then continue to carry out their research dissertation projects under the guidance of an individual academic dissertation supervisor.

    Supervision: applicants must have been in psychotherapy/counselling practice for at least three years. Students applying for this strand will need to practise supervision or work in a supervisory capacity during the course.

    Course Description: Year One
    Supervisory Theory

    This module provides the opportunity for students to develop a sophisticated critically-reflective grasp of the main theoretical concepts and philosophical positions that inform effective ethical supervisory practice. Students will be given an in-depth grounding in Shohet and Hawkins’ model of clinical supervision and this will be integrated with a human development perspective in supervisory practice. Significant attention will be paid to understanding complex interpersonal and intrapersonal processes and power dynamics operating both in individual supervision and also in group contexts.

    Assessment
    A 5000 word essay: ‘Supervision: managing a complex professional role in practice’

    Tutors: Sue Murphy, Philip Reilly, Adella Shapiro and Alyson Jaffe.

     

    Integrating Theory into Clinical Supervision
    This module provides a range of learning opportunities for students to integrate their theoretical knowledge into effective ethical supervisory practice. The learning will be delivered in experiential practice sessions that are designed to support the students in making links between theoretical concepts and supervisory strategies as well as being able to critically evaluate supervisory interventions. This module aims to equip students with advanced skills in working with the interpersonal and intrapersonal processes of supervision. It also supports the students in synthesising a personal integrative approach from existing supervisory knowledge, theory and research.

    Assessment
    A 40 minute presentation delivered to an audience of tutors and peers on their choice of a topic relevant to supervision

    A 3000 word assignment titled ‘A reflective commentary on developing a personal approach to supervision’.

    Tutors: Sue Murphy, Philip Reilly, Adella Shapiro and Alyson Jaffe.

     

    Clinical Supervision Practicum 1
    This module represents the skills-in-practice component of the course and aims, in combination with the other supervision modules, to lay the foundations for effective and ethical supervisory practice. Students will receive a thorough grounding in supervisory procedural issues relating to: clinical responsibility; contracting; risk assessment; auditing; and professional record keeping. Students will be given opportunities to reflect on interpersonal and intrapersonal processes in supervision and to critically evaluate their own interventions.

    This course requires that the student completes a minimum of 40 hours supervision practice and 21 hours supervision of supervision across both practicum modules (1&2).

    Assessment
    A portfolio containing: logs of supervision; logs of supervision of supervision; a sample contract for work with one supervisee or supervision group; and notes from two sessions
    A 3000 word self-reflective account of their development as a supervisor to date.

    Tutors: Sue Murphy, Philip Reilly, Adella Shapiro and Alyson Jaffe.

     

    Clinical Supervision Practicum 2
    This module represents the skills-in-practice component of the course and, in combination with the other supervision modules, is designed to build upon the foundations of professional supervisory competency laid down in Practicum 1. In this module students will be facilitated in developing an advanced set of competencies including: the ability to monitor impact of own subjective processes on supervisory practice; the ability to foster supervisees’ professional autonomy; and accurately monitor supervisees’ clinical competence. The module also aims to enhance students’ awareness of and ability to make productive use of unconscious relational processes operating within a supervisory context.

    Assessment
    Logs of supervision and logs of supervision of supervision.
    A 5000 word case report

    Tutors: Sue Murphy, Philip Reilly, Adella Shapiro and Alyson Jaffe.

    Year Two: MA Dissertation Module
    Students will study research approaches relevant to their specialist option (Advanced Clinical Practice, Supervision, Management of a Clinical Service): such as IPA, Narrative, Grounded Theory, and Action Research, together with research ethics. Students will present a research proposal, which sets out their chosen topic and its relevance to their specialist option and the practice of psychotherapy or counselling, the proposed research method and the approach to ethical issues. This has to be approved by the Research Ethics Committee, before students can proceed further.

    Dissertation topics may cover any area relevant to psychotherapy or counselling including therapist or client experiences, specific groups of clients, specific psychological issues, supervision, training, management of clinical services. Students may undertake work based exclusively on existing literature or based on fieldwork such as interviews, surveys or observations. In all cases the work must go beyond description to offer reflective and critical discussion, which contributes to knowledge in the field. Students will need to reflect on the link between their own subjectivity and the subject of the dissertation; the implications of the study for their own work and for clinical, supervision or management practice more generally and the links between theoretical concepts and research methods.

    Assessment
    A 15,000 word dissertation
    Tutors: Minster Research Teaching Team


    MA/PG Dip Professional Practice Counselling & Psychotherapy (Advanced Clinical Practice)

    Starting January 2018

    This option is for qualified therapists and counsellors, who are looking for an opportunity to update their knowledge, gain a higher-level qualification and reflect in-depth on their practice. Teaching will be given via seminars on theory as well as through experiential learning sessions. Students will have the opportunity to integrate new perspectives into their clinical work with ongoing in-house supervision groups. In addition, seminars on contemporary theories will be delivered by some of the leading experts in the field. The course is designed to meet the requirements of busy professionals. Students will be able to sign up for either the one year Post Graduate Diploma or the two-year MA programme, both of which are validated by Middlesex University.

    For the Post Graduate Diploma, the teaching is delivered over 10 weekend modules, comprising three full days on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the first year. Students registered and continuing on for the MA will attend an extra three weekends on research awareness and methods which lead to undertaking a piece of independent research, in the second year. This will be overseen by a research supervisor and supported by the course staff.

    Entry Requirements
    The entry requirements for this option are as follows:

    • You must hold a professional qualification in counselling or psychotherapy (BACP or UKCP accredited course or equivalent)
    • You must be able to demonstrate significant clinical experience, including at least one year of practice post qualification.
    • You must be able to demonstrate recent self-development work, usually personal therapy, and will be required to undertake weekly one to one therapy during the course.
    • If you do not have a first degree will need to demonstrate that they can produce work to MA standards, either through results in previous professional training or through equivalent training or experience.
    • You must have competence in the English language; we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate a capacity to study in English either through your written and practical work during previous training at the Minster Centre or, the most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). For the full range of equivalent English language qualifications please download the full range of English language qualification equivalents from here
    • We are not able to consider applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study

    Disclosure and Barring Service: A DBS check will be required before you can start seeing clients. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from training or seeing clients but you should disclose all convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings or occasions when you have been bound and any active involvement with police investigations on your application form so that we can consider their relevance to your suitability to train and see cleints. If you do not disclose this material and a DBS check subsequently identifies it this will be dealt with as a fitness to practice issue and you could result in you leaving the training. If you are accepted on the course we cannot guarantee external placements will accept students with a criminal record. Working with clients is an essential part of the qualification and you will not be able to receive the qualification without them. There may be implications resulting from a criminal record for future employment, and there is no guarantee that completing the course will mean students will also be eligible for professional registration. This is a decision made by the relevant regulatory body. More information is available here

    Advanced Clinical Practice
    10 weekend blocks, comprising of Fridays and Sundays (10am to 5.30pm), Saturdays (10am to 4.30pm). The programme is divided into two parts.

    Year One: Part 1

    January: 12th 13th, 14th
    February: 16th 17th 18th
    March: 16th,17th 18t
    April: 13th 14th, 15th
    May: 18th 19th 20th

    MA students only , will need to attend an additional research methods weekend on 8th 9th 10th June.

    Year One: Part 2

    July: 6th 7th 8th
    August: 3rd 4th 5th
    September: 14th 15th 16th

    October: 5th 6th 7th - this is the second additional weekend on research methods required for MA students only

    November: 2nd MA students only, 3rd 4th MA and PG Dip students combined
    November: 24th, 25th MA students only (TBC)
    December: 7th MA students only, 8th 9th MA and PG Dip students combined

    Year 2 (MA students only) 2019
    MA students will be required to attend one teaching weekend early in the year TBA and will then continue to carry out their research dissertation projects under the guidance of an individual academic dissertation supervisor and support from the teaching staff.  There will also be the opportunity for tutorials throughout this year.

    Advanced Clinical Practice: applicants must be able to demonstrate significant clinical experience, including at least one year of practice post qualification. Students opting for this strand must also demonstrate recent self-development work, usually personal therapy, and will be required to undertake weekly one to one therapy during the course.

    Course Description:

    Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy
    This module provides the opportunity for students to develop in-depth knowledge of some of the most significant contemporary theories of psychotherapy, including relational psychoanalysis, attachment theory and neuroscience. Students will be able to develop their skills in critically evaluating theoretical concepts and also in critically reflecting on the impact of wider socio-political contexts on therapeutic practice. This module aims to develop the students’ skills in integrating advanced concepts in their clinical practice and being able to justify their therapeutic interventions from a sophisticated theoretical research-informed position.

    Assessment
    A 4000 word essay.

    Tutors: Paul Martin & Andrew Sutton

    Personal and Clinical Integration
    This module provides the opportunity for students to advance their understanding of the inter-relationship between their knowledge of contemporary psychotherapeutic theories, their own personal history and current life situation, and their clinical practice. Students will be facilitated in developing their understanding of the complexities inherent in therapeutic practice and this will include an examination of their use of self as a means of monitoring ongoing relational processes. Students will also be facilitated in developing their reflexive capacity in order that they can make productive and effective use of their own self-awareness and insight into therapeutic process. This module aims to produce ethical and effective advanced practitioners with the capacity to hold the paradoxical tension between intrapsychic reality and interpersonal reality.

    Assessment
    40 minute presentation of the learning from one or more teaching sessions in this module
    A 3000 word clinical example drawn from the student’s own practice.

    Tutors: Paul Martin & Andrew Sutton

    Advanced Clinical Practice Practicum 1
    This module represents the skills-in-practice component of the course and, in combination with the other modules in this option, is designed to lay the foundations for integrative psychotherapeutic practice. Students will receive a thorough grounding in the key skills and competencies required for effective and ethical practice including: conducting ongoing risk assessments; resolving complex dilemmas; and selecting and justifying appropriate integrative interventions. The aim of this module is to promote the students’ development as ethical integrative practitioners who are able to draw on their own capacity for reflexivity to make productive therapeutic use of the relational encounter. Group supervision sessions will be provided during study weekends where students will be facilitated in reflecting in depth on their clinical practice.

    The course requires that the student completes a minimum of 60 hours supervised clinical practice with long term clients and 20 hours in-house supervision across the two Practicum modules.

    Assessment
    A portfolio including: clinical hours logs; supervision logs; and a 3000 word critical, self-reflective account of learning from three supervision sessions
    Attend a review meeting (30 minutes per student) with supervisors and peers.

    Tutors: Paul Martin & Andrew Sutton

    Advanced Clinical Practice Practicum 2
    This module represents the skills-in-practice component of the course and, in combination with the other modules in this option, is designed to build upon the foundations of integrative psychotherapeutic practice laid down in Practicum 1. In this module students will be facilitated in developing an advanced set of competencies including the abilities to: conduct independent clinical assessments; assess limits to own competence; and demonstrate systematic understanding of key clinical concepts in relation to own practice. The module also aims to enhance students’ awareness of the co-created nature of the psychotherapeutic encounter. Group supervision sessions will be provided during study weekends where students will have significant on-going opportunities to reflect on and enhance their clinical skills.
    Assessment
    Clinical hours logs
    A 6000 word case study
    Live assessment of practice

    Tutors: Paul Martin & Andrew Sutton

    Year Two: MA Dissertation Module

    Dissertation
    Students continuing on the MA programme will undertake further study in the form of the MA dissertation module. This module builds on the learning and knowledge attained in the first year of the programme. They will select a research topic appropriate to their particular interest and relevant to the strand they are registered for. They will be supported by a research supervisor in undertaking and writing up a piece of small-scale research.

    Students will study research approaches relevant to their specialist option (Advanced Clinical Practice, Supervision, Management of a Clinical Service): such as IPA, Narrative, Grounded Theory, and Action Research, together with research ethics. Students will present a research proposal, which sets out their chosen topic and its relevance to their specialist option and the practice of psychotherapy or counselling, the proposed research method and the approach to ethical issues. This has to be approved by the Research Ethics Committee, before students can proceed further.

    Dissertation topics may cover any area relevant to psychotherapy or counselling including therapist or client experiences, specific groups of clients, specific psychological issues, supervision, training, management of clinical services. Students may undertake work based exclusively on existing literature or based on fieldwork such as interviews, surveys or observations. In all cases the work must go beyond description to offer reflective and critical discussion, which contributes to knowledge in the field. Students will need to reflect on the link between their own subjectivity and the subject of the dissertation; the implications of the study for their own work and for clinical, supervision or management practice more generally and the links between theoretical concepts and research methods.

    Assessment
    A 15,000 word dissertation

    Tutors: Minster Research Teaching Team


    Further Information

    On successful completion all academic and course requirements designated to the chosen specialism combined with the fulfilment of the specific practice requirements, students may exit from the programme with either a:

    • PG Diploma in Professional Practice, Counselling & Psychotherapy (Supervision), (Advanced Clinical Practice) or (Managing a Clinical Service)

     

    Or

    • MA Professional Practice, Counselling & Psychotherapy (Supervision), (Advanced Clinical Practice) or (Managing a Clinical Service)

     

    Fees

    Information about 2018 fees can be found here.

    Information about the Application Process

    The MA programmes runs from January each year


    EARLY APPLICATION FOR NEXT YEAR IS RECOMMENDED.

    We will be running Open Evenings where a senior member of staff will present each of the MA’s, give details about the course curriculum, and answer questions. Current dates can be found here.

    All candidates are selected by individual interview with two senior staff members. The interview fee is 90.

    Please email Betti Urmos (betti@minstercentre.org.uk) with your:

    • Completed application form - (Supervision Strand) Download Word Doc
    • Completed application form - (Advanced Clinical Practice Strand) Download Word Doc
    • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
    • Personal biography
    • Supporting documentation (certificates, etc)
    • Two references
    • Notes for Guidance
    • Deposits
    Notes for Guidance here in PDF

    Deposits

    A £700 deposit is required to secure your place. It is possible to pay your deposit to secure your place before you are interviewed. If you are not offered a place following interview then your deposit will be returned. Otherwise deposits are non-refundable.



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