This multidisciplinary course aims to promote an advanced level of knowledge and understanding underpinning practice in the area of Counselling with Children Young People and their families.
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This exciting course supports students in developing skills and theoretical knowledge of counselling with children, young people and their families. It is designed for individuals with a significant interest in counselling work with children, who may be practitioners from health, social or voluntary services who work in some capacity with children and young people, or who may be graduates of psychology and other cognate disciplines, social and behavioural sciences, education, health, social care and related fields.
The course is taught by experienced counsellors and therapists with a varied background, supported by some practitioners from allied professions (e.g. psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatric nursing, law and psychiatry).
Students of Counselling with Children and Young People can graduate with either a Postgraduate Diploma or an MSc.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference
The CAHMS Conference at the University of Northampton is a three day conference, and you have the option of either volunteering for a couple of hours and attending for free, or pay (last year it was about £15 per day) to cover the cost of lunches and printed materials.
Course modules (16/17)
Understanding Mental Health in Children and Young People
- Module code: PSYM062
- Core module Y
This module promotes 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. The implications of these developmental processes for the emotional, social, and behavioural well-being of the child and adolescent are considered critically. The module considers elements of the continuum between ‘typical’ and ‘atypical’ development. Building on their knowledge of the developmental processes and mechanisms operating in childhood and adolescence, students will develop a critical understanding of the kinds of issues children and young people might present with, and will develop strategies for using theoretical and research material to make sense of clients’ experiences and formulate case material appropriately using systemic and other models. The module includes an observational study of an infant, child or young person in an appropriate context. You will need to secure access to placement sites for an observational study for this module. This doesn't normally result in additional costs, except perhaps transport, but that shouldn't be much in excess of the travel costs to attend classes. 30 credits.
Core Skills for Working with Children and Young People
- Module code: PSYM063
- Core module Y
The module covers the ‘core skills’ for working with CYP and families, as identified by the Department of Health as reflecting the essential skills needed by all CAMHS practitioners. These ‘core skills’, including CBT, systemic family therapy and parenting and early intervention are taught through workshops and roleplays and skills practice. This module can also be taken as a standalone CPD module for staff currently working with children and young people (e.g. teachers, school nurses, GPs, etc). 30 credits.
Counselling with Children, Young People and Families
- Module code: PSYM066
- Core module Y
This module will provide students 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. The module will focus on the development of applied knowledge and skills. Emphasis will be placed on an understanding of the ‘process’ of counselling, the ‘space in-between’, the difference between these elements and the content of a counselling session and on the importance of confidentiality and ethical practice. As part of this module, students will also engage in group process work, to support their critical reflection on personal development, as development reflexive and rigorous self-examination is a key aspect of appropriate therapeutic work. 30 credits.
Counselling Children, Young People and Families in Practice
- Module code: PSYM067
- Core module Y
This module supports students 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 students build a coherent integrated model of counselling with children and young people. This module provides two trimesters of guidance, tutoring, and feedback from the clinical supervisor on the student’s casework and therapeutic practice, supported by small group process based reflection and discussion. In the small group context, students are invited to discuss and consider the rationale for their therapeutic interventions with clients and consider alternative options. This is further supported by applied theory driven workshops on therapeutic issues, where students are encouraged to discuss theoretically and critically issues that arise in their placement contexts. Supervision provides the appropriate setting for full discussion of the ethical and professional issues that arise from clinical practice. In addition to supervision offered in the placement, students have ten group supervision sessions focusing on the above. Students are facilitated in the integration of theoretical, reflexive and practical aspects of work with children and families. In this module, students have the opportunity to complete their required practice hours. They will also complete the personal development, reflexive practice and professional issues training necessary for professional accreditation. 30 credits.
Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
- Module code: PSYM085
- Core module Y
The module aims to build research skills at Masters level by providing students with a grounding in the techniques and concepts of quantitative and qualitative research methodology applied to social sciences and psychology. The module will enable students to design a quantitative and qualitative research proposal, one of which will become the foundation for their subsequent dissertation. 10 credits.
Dissertation and Research Methods
- Module code: PSYM086
- Core module Y
The rationale for the dissertation module is to build advanced research skills in either qualitative or quantitative approaches, and to provide students with the opportunity to engage in supervised but independently undertaken research. This module is designed to develop the skills needed for independent research, and to support students to autonomously formulate and conduct an empirical research project under supervision. 50 credits.
Methods of Learning
Lectures, workshops, one-to-one, private study, online activities, group work, role play.
Formal teaching takes place and on one to two full days per week for full-time students and on one full day per week in the first year and one full day approximately every other week in the second year for part-time students.
In addition, there is a three day taught intensive session for all students three times per year (first year only). In addition to this, students will be expected to attend one-to-one tutorials at least twice per trimester.
The assessment strategy is designed to include a broad range of assessment methods, in order to ensure that students have the maximum opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes for the programme. These include: essays, case studies, self-reflective log books, critical reviews, video recorded role plays and oral presentations. There are no examinations.
The Research Methods and Dissertation module supports the students in completing a supervised but original and independently undertaken research and it is assessed through a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation.
Facilities and Special Features
- the MSc promotes an advanced theoretical understanding of Counselling with Children and Young People, integrating opportunities to develop practical and professional counselling skills.
- the programme equips students with a working knowledge of child development, psychological difficulties in children and young people in their contexts and counselling based skills for working with them and their carers within an an eco-systemic perspective integrating Systemic Family Therapy, CBT, and Creative therapies.
- this is developed through roleplays, small group process and other skill oriented taught sessions. Supervised placement in a counselling context is mandatory to the enhancement of skills.
- in addition, opportunities for students are structured into the programme to engage in personal development, self-awareness, reflective practice and to benefit from the supervisory relationship. Our CAMH conference (see highlight video below) is an excellent example of extra opportunities available as part of the course.
- our experienced course team includes specific expertise in CBT, systemic family therapy, Creative therapies, Play therapy and Gestalt approaches, who are able to teach students and integrated approach to counselling with children and young people
As a professional master programme, the MSc CCYP leads to a counselling qualification and opens a range of employment possibilities up for its graduates (e.g. private practice, educational and healthcare institutions, community and youth work services, third sector organizations, residential facilities). Graduates may take the MSc as a stepping stone towards further postgraduate study (e.g. Clinical Doctorate).
For students with a first degree in psychology (which is Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) accredited) further postgraduate training opportunities will include doctoral training on British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited courses in Counselling Psychology. 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 competencies 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.
A supervised placement practice of a minimum of 100 hours is compulsory
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Candidates will normally have a first or second class bachelors’ degree. Voluntary or professional experience of work with children and young people is desirable, but not essential.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 7 minimum all categories (or equivalent). Candidates will normally have a first or second class bachelors’ degree.
On-course requirements: To count towards a professional body accreditation, such as UKCP or BACP, the course require students 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), a professional indemnity insurance and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are also mandatory. These requirements imply additional costs on the top of the fee.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1000 per 30 credit module|
Students starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2016/17 either full time or part time* may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 Postgraduate Loan (PGL) through Student Finance England.
*Maximum period of study allowed for part time courses is two years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
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How to apply as an international student
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Scholarships available to international students
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