Our stimulating PGCert in Psychological Intervention: IPC (Interpersonal Counselling) offers flexible training that lets you develop core counselling skills and learn how to deliver a brief intervention for adults suffering from stress and mild depression.
Many jobs today require you to have enhanced psychological and therapeutic skills. At the moment, we offer the only interpersonal counselling programme in the UK.
You can study this one year programme on its own or as part of up to three years of flexible training. Successfully completing all the modules for the PGCert gives you the option of progressing into a second year to study for a Diploma in Interpersonal Psychotherapy, which (subject to successful accreditation), will give you a full therapy qualification that lets you practice in the NHS or elsewhere. After that, you’ll also have the option to complete a third research year to obtain an MSc.
The PGCert Psychological Intervention: IPC (Interpersonal Counselling) has been designed to meet your needs if you don’t already have a therapy qualification. You’ll get training in core counselling skills and IPC intervention skills to make you more effective at working with people in distress, to develop your psychological skills, and to increase your understanding of mental health issues.
You’ll learn through a rich range of learning experiences, including the opportunity to integrate theory with practice. After completing the programme, you’ll be able to provide a high quality psychological intervention to adults suffering from stress or mild depression.
|Qualification||Study mode||Course length||Start date|
|PGCert||Part-time||12 months||Oct 2018|
Specialist knowledge relevant to the subject area will be delivered using a variety of methods, including lectures, experiential workshops, micro skills teaching, audio-recording reviews, clinical supervision, group discussions, and through the interaction of the student with coursework assignments.
Clinical practice with application of their learning to client work will be supervised closely and students will be required to keep a log of their clinical activity as well as supervisory activity and will be evaluated on their clinical competence.
The strength of this programme lies in the integration of classroom learning and clinical practice learning and development. The personal impact of working with clients presenting with distress will be explored as well as ethical issues. Students will develop their skills in applying theory and technique to real life client situations in supervision sessions at the University via discussion and micro-teaching.
The feedback process is designed to be ongoing, in that comments and reflections from these sessions will provide an escalator of personal learning for the student. At critical points there will be summative learning points to provide a marker for the student as to their progress against the benchmark standards being expected. Formative and summative feedback will be provided as appropriate to help students develop their skills in these areas of practice.
The associated research evidence bases will be integrated into all aspects of the teaching.
Students who have access to clients in their ongoing job role whilst studying may incorporate part of this work as their practice placement, subject to agreement with their manager and the University. Otherwise students will be supported to obtain a suitable practice placement.