MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
- The only Master of Science in Greece in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- Students become student members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and upon graduation are eligible to apply on an individual basis for registration to the Register of Psychotherapists of the BACP.
- Meets the academic standards for registration with the Hellenic Counselling Society and the European Association for Counselling (EAC).
- Includes 300 hours of clinical practice and in-house supervision.
- Teaches the 3 most essential psychotherapeutic approaches (humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approach).
- Experiential teaching methods used by experienced academic researchers and active professionals.
The ΜSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy is a programme structured in order to equip students with all the necessary skills and knowledge to work in the field of psychotherapy as independent counsellors – psychotherapists of the integrative approach. Students are encouraged to develop their understanding of the theoretical, social, cultural and ideological contexts in which their clients perceive, confront and manage problems. They will also consider and analyse major trends and orientations within the integrative therapeutic work and develop their ability to identify and use appropriate sources of supervision within counselling practice.
The programme has been designed by the University of Derby according to the criteria of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), on completion of the course students can apply for individual accreditation with the BACP.
The programme is addressed to:
- University or College graduates in any discipline with some academic or professional experience in Counselling
- Holders of professional certificates and proven experience in Counselling or Psychotherapy
Requirements for registration:
- Copy of the latest studies certificate *
- Copy of professional certificates (if any)
- CV (in English)
- Reference Letters (2)
- Very good knowledge of English (IELTS 7.0 level or equivalent) **
- Academic interview
- Photos (2)
- Copy of ID-card/ passport
- Copy of criminal record
*Candidates without a first degree are also encouraged to apply for the programme. Factors like the possession of other professional qualifications, proven experience in Counselling and commitment to continuing personal & professional development, may contribute to the admission to the programme.
** Candidates without official English language certificates can sit the English language placement test of Mediterranean College.
The ΜSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy consists of six 20-credit modules and a diploma thesis of 60 credits. Throughout the programme, students are able to approach methodological & theoretical models, comprehend the use of psychotherapy in their working environment, study the nature of counselling and psychotherapy and their relation to theory and practice, learn the significance of ethical and legal implications and the code of practice. Students complete their theoretical training with a compulsory clinical placement of 300 hours (60 hours of supervision). They are also encouraged to engage in individual therapy.
Year 1/ PG Certificate
Year 2/ PG Diploma
Year 3/ Master’s
Teaching and learning is practical and experiential in nature and includes:
- Experiential & problem-solving exercises
- Case study discussions & debates
- Group assignments
- Individual research
- Clinical practice
During the course students:
- Combine theoretical models and clinical practice.
- Enrich their skills and knowledge in counselling and psychotherapy.
- Consider the role of multiculturalism in counselling.
- Study the importance of ethics, legal and ethical implications of the code of practice as well as how to deal appropriately with ethical dilemmas in psychotherapy.
- Consider the significance of research in counselling and psychotherapy and become familiar with qualitative and quantitative research.
- Strengthen their personal and professional development.
More specifically students are encouraged to:
- Develop their critical ability
- Deepen their ability for introspection and reflection
- Enhance their self-awareness through personal and professional development groups
- Identify the necessity of using clinical supervision properly
- Conduct research relevant to the practice of the Integrative counselling approach.
The College has a wide network of partner institutions, thus supporting students in finding the most appropriate place for their clinical practice and/ or individual therapy.
- Mediterranean is the College with the most experience and expertise in Greece in the delivery of higher education courses in Psychology and Counselling and offers study options at multiple levels: from Level 5 Higher National Diploma to Level 7 Master’s Degrees.
- The University of Derby (Guardian University Guide 2020) is a TOP-26 UK University and in the TOP-10 for student employability. This stems from constantly developing the curriculum as directed by employers, professional and accreditation bodies.
- It is the only academic programme in Greece that combines an academic title (Master) with the Integrative psychotherapeutic approach, creating opportunities for graduates to develop as professionals in the private or academic sector.
- The programme meets the criteria of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and students may individually register with BACP as student members. Graduates have the opportunity to apply for registration in BACP’s Register of Psychotherapists.
- The programme combines the 3 most essential psychotherapeutic approaches and emphasises on research findings to ensure the effectiveness of the therapeutic treatment.
- This programme is an MSc (Master of Science) and not an MA (Master of Arts), which makes it less theoretical and more practical.
- The course includes 300 hours of compulsory, supervised clinical practice and students are supported by the School in finding an appropriate setting. The College offers in-house supervision of clinical practice at a nominal fee.
- The student learning experience is further enhanced through the School of Psychology activities .
- All academic staff are accredited lecturers of the University of Derby for every module they teach. Mediterranean College implements an integrated system of recruitment, assessment and continuing professional development of academic staff, so that students receive excellent teaching and personal support to develop their social and professional skills.
- The School of Psychology offers students the opportunity to attend – alongside their studies – specialised seminars on the use of psychometric tools, in partnership with ISON Psychometrica (a leading company in Greece). Students can also attend certified training courses in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Clinical Diagnosis – Evaluation.
Graduates of this programme may apply for registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Hellenic Association for Counselling (EES). They have the ability to work as independent integrative counselors – psychotherapists in a range of counselling settings:
- Counselling services & centres
- Community support & social welfare units
- Humanitarian and development NGOs
- Health sector settings
- Private practice as counsellors – psychotherapists
Alternatively they can continue their studies towards a PhD or PsyD.
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