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BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling

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Course Length:

Diploma 2 Years, BA (Hons) 4 Years - Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

Fees:

2020/21 UK fee: £5850

2020/21 International fee: £5850

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Entry requirements:

  • Applicants to Year 1 of the BA (Hons) need to demonstrate the equivalent of 120 Level 4 credits to gain entry to Level 5 of the degree programme.
  • Applicants who have achieved 120 Level 4 credits and 120 Level 5 credits elsewhere may join the BA (Hons) at Year 3.
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (in lieu of the credits) is available through the completion of a short portfolio.
  • Evidence of foundation level training in counselling is essential.
  • Interview, enhanced DBS check and ‘fitness to practice’ health check are required prior to starting the course.
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Student view

BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling
The team of counselling lecturers were completely supportive throughout, available for questions and queries. Their caring, yet rigorous, teaching skills enabled me to meet and maintain H.E academic standards expected at this level of counselling and study. Although it was hard work, the enriching rewards visibly emerged as my theoretical understanding, personal development and ethical practice developed vastly as a counsellor. Since finishing the course I have gained BACP accreditation and have also felt competently ready to continue professional learning and development by gaining a level 6 qualification in Therapeutic Supervision. I now work as a counsellor and supervisor with a Further Education college and a local counselling service that specialises in sexual trauma
BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling

As well as embarking on a journey of self-discovery and growth, I learned valuable life skills in communication, empathy, and professionalism. Without this experience I could not have gone on to become a Civil Celebrant supporting bereaved families through their loss. Completing the degree course taught me resilience and gave me the confidence I needed to make a complete career change.

Course content

The BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling combines Humanistic theory with professional and ethical practice and is grounded in Humanistic values which reflect today’s attitudes and working conditions. You’ll be given the opportunity to explore how, as a Humanistic practitioner, you can contribute to the contemporary and growing field of counselling and psychotherapy.

The degree offers a wide range of opportunities for theoretical and experiential learning including honing your practice, gaining a solid yet critical overview of the approach, and explorations of creative and research-based elements. You will interact with peers to cultivate and co-operate in discovering new ways of understanding therapy and yourselves.

The BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling is a BACP Accredited Course to the Gold Book curriculum standard. Completion of this degree enables you to apply for Individual Accreditation through the BACP training route if you have satisfied other criteria for personal accreditation.

Download the application form and reference form.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

Our graduates have secured jobs in the following roles, with 80% working as counsellors.

The routes our graduates have taken include:

  • Becoming Accredited Counsellors (after meeting the requirements of the individual accrediting body such as BACP or UKCP)
  • Counsellors in private practice or in schools, universities, the NHS or companies
  • Youth and community workers
  • Community education services
  • Connexions partnerships
  • Rural community work

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Course accreditations

This course is accredited by BACP – the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Indicative modules

BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling:

Skills 1: Counselling Skills

Counselling Skills appropriate to the Humanistic approach will be discussed and practised. The rationale behind the skills and their appropriate usage will be analysed. Ethical issues will be debated and evaluated as they arise in the experiential work. Issues such as confidentiality, equal opportunities and boundary setting, will be considered as will the study of the code of Ethics e.g. BACP /UKCP. The curriculum will continue to familiarise students with the PCEPS Scale.

Skills 2: Counselling Skills with Ethics

Counselling Skills appropriate to the Humanistic approach will be discussed and practised. The rationale behind the skills and their appropriate usage will be analysed. Ethical issues will be debated and evaluated as they arise in the experiential work. Issues such as confidentiality, equal opportunities and boundary setting, will be considered as will the study of the code of Ethics e.g. BACP /UKCP. The curriculum will continue to familiarise students with the PCEPS Scale.

Skills 3: Understanding the Therapeutic Process and Ethical Awareness

Students will report on and critically review their client work, within the group setting. They will have on-going practise in giving and receiving effective feedback. They will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the areas of responsibility of the professional counsellor. These areas will encompass responsibility to clients, colleagues, agencies, associations, to society and to themselves. Students will be encouraged to explore where conflicts might occur with regard to responsibility and to use ethical problem solving techniques to reach conclusions. Input from tutors will be provided on strategies that will both enhance and advance students’ counselling skill base, these strategies will be chosen in order to meet the perceived learning needs of the students.

Skills 4: Counselling Skills in Context

Students will report on and critically review their casework within the group setting. They will continue to practise giving and receiving peer feedback with a focus on the quality of their therapeutic work, ethical or diversity issues and professionalism. There will also be some input from tutors on typical behavioural and emotional indicators of aspects of pathology and well-being. Familiarity with these will enable students to more accurately assess the suitability of clients for counselling. Some time will also be given to rounding off students skills learning at this stage of the Diploma level five part of the programme.

Humanistic Frameworks

Students will be introduced to the rationale and theory behind Humanistic counselling with reference to well-known writers in the field. Person-Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis are some of the models which will be explored, along with the core beliefs of all Humanistic practitioners.

Human Development

Students will be introduced to the rationale and major theories of life-span development from childhood to old age and the influence of such elements will be explored and examined with reference to well known writers in the field. Theories of Developmental Psychology such as the advances in neuroscience, attachment and attunement in infant development and post-structuralist/post-modern thinking on agency and human development will be considered in relation to human development across diverse cultures. Students will learn to reflect on their own psychological development to support their counselling practise.

Supervision

Students will be introduced to the rationale and theory behind supervision with reference to well-known writers in the field. Supervision skills such as creating a contract and presenting clients will be explored as will the notion of self- supervision and peer feedback. Students will learn to reflect on their own use of supervision to support their counselling practise.

Client Issues

Students will research a particular issue such as: eating disorders, sexual abuse, bereavement, addiction, transitions, self-harming, body dysmorphia and obsessive-compulsive order.

Expressive Arts Therapy

Students will be introduced to the historical developments of the expressive arts with links to other psychological modalities. The debates surrounding the flexibility of the expressive arts for particular groups and client needs will be analysed and explored. Students will be introduced to the efficacy of using the expressive arts for those with limited verbal expression; non-verbal and pre-verbal members of society. Students will experience a wide range of expressive arts therapies and make links to auto-ethnographic research.

Critical Thinking in Humanistic Counselling

Psychodynamic/analytical psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Humanistic counselling/psychotherapy (to include Person-Centred, Gestalt, Existential, transpersonal and Solution-Focused approaches) will be compared and contrasted in order to work towards a more self-aware professional stance and to develop self-confidence in defining a chosen philosophical theoretical base.

Professional Counselling Practice

The content will be based on both tutor and student experience, discussion of Humanistic beliefs and professional practice and the integration of previous learning to date. Students will examine their strengths, weaknesses and professional development and gain insight, learning and feedback from other group numbers. Students will review their ethical awareness and give consideration to the diversity in their client groups. There will be tutor input on a range of professionalism topics including assessment, using the CORE, indicators of well-being and psychological distress, common types of medication given to clients, monitoring the limits of one's own competence as a practitioner, referrals, diverse work contexts, post qualifying development and current developments in the counselling world.

Person Centred Therapy

The content will be based on both tutor and student experience, discussion of Humanistic beliefs and professional practice and the integration of previous learning to date. Students will examine their strengths, weaknesses and professional development and gain insight, learning and feedback from other group numbers. Students will review their ethical awareness and give consideration to the diversity in their client groups. There will be tutor input on a range of professionalism topics including assessment, using the CORE, indicators of well-being and psychological distress, common types of medication given to clients, monitoring the limits of one's own competence as a practitioner, referrals, diverse work contexts, post qualifying development and current developments in the counselling world.

Diversity in Society

Students will be introduced to the phenomenology of perception and the formation of judgement and prejudice. Systems Theory will be explained and illustrated. Students will be introduced to some research methods. Diversity and difference in groups in British society will be explored as both trigger for and result of prejudice. Health and Social policies and projects aimed supporting mental health provision will be examined and student’s chosen research topics may include social attitudes to key aspects of aging, disability, sexuality, gender, culture, religion, abuse, substance misuse, illness. Students will be encouraged to reflect on issues of equality in relation to their professional practise as counsellors.

Specialist Humanistic Module – Brief Therapy

Students will be introduced to the history of brief therapy and also the characteristics of the main schools. The Brief therapy Humanistic beliefs about people and their potential will be explored along with an introduction to some of the main ways of working in brief time frames (and the differences between these and ‘budget therapy). Students will be invited to check how this approach sits with their own therapeutic philosophy and practice and to consider it efficacy, uses and application in the contemporary therapeutic context.

Independent Case Study – Research Dissertation

The student will engage in an in-depth research project that relates to an area of Psychology.

This is an independent piece of work for the student but conducted under appropriate supervision from their tutor. The content of the module will be primarily determined by the student under the guidance of the supervising tutor.

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

There are four important strands in the BA (Hons) curriculum, which particularly characterise the training we offer; a focus on the Humanistic model, an emphasis on professionalism and employability, extensive training in Humanistic therapeutic skills and attention to personal development.

Students are taught and facilitated interactively so that they are always encouraged to engage with the material and learn through discussion. We provide students with a variety of types of modules and guide their learning experiences in the following areas:

  • Theory modules which equip students with knowledge of counselling theory, client & diversity issues and specialist Humanistic theory.
  • Skills and professionalism modules which focus on developing student’s mastery of therapeutic interventions and their professional awareness.
  • Personal development modules.
  • Research modules which introduce students to research methods.
  • Placements where students work with clients.
  • Supervision of student’s client work provided by placements
  • Personal counselling.
  • One to one tutorials with tutors.

Assessment is based on observed skills practise, assignments and satisfactory supervisor’s reports and completion of placement and personal counselling hours. There are no exams. 

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

Student Opportunities

As a student in the Department there are a variety of opportunities which may be available to you.  These include:

  • Study Abroad
  • Erasmus
  • Internships
  • Placements
  • Voluntary Research Assistant

Additional Costs

DBS Disclosure

Applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £44.

Placements

Students are responsible for the costs of attending their placements (e.g.travel and, occasionally, an induction fee).

Some students may find that their practice placements do not offer free in-house supervision, and in this eventuality, they will be required to pay for their own supervision at a frequency of one hour per fortnight. Supervisors' fees vary but many offer discounts for students in training.

BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling additional cost

All students studying the BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling will be required to undertake (and pay for) 20 hours of their own personal therapy in each year of the course. Private counsellors' fees vary but many offer discounts for students in training.