Psychological Intervention: IPC (Interpersonal Counselling) PGCert

Why choose this course

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.

What you will study

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.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
PGCert Part-time 12 months October 2018

Teaching approaches

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.

Programme leader

DEACON LA Ms (Psychology)

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Timetable

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

Educational: First or second class Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), preferably in a relevant subject. 

Experiential: Minimum of nine months' experience (or part-time equivalent) of working directly and in a helping role with people who are experiencing psychological distress and or who have mental health difficulties in either the statutory or voluntary sector. Examples of roles are psychological wellbeing practitioner, psychiatric nurse; bereavement counsellor, support worker; Samaritan; social worker; psychology assistant; occupational therapist.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall, 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

The application process will also include an interview.

A satisfactory check by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS), formerly known as the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB), is also required.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Oversees fees
Part-time October 2018 £4,900 £9,800

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2018/19 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught programmes.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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