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Like all the programmes the Psychodynamic Studies section of PACE, one of the strengths of the Certificate is the diverse range of students it attracts. Over the years, nurses, social workers, teachers, journalists, and those working in various capacities in welfare and other fields have successfully undertaken the programme. The Certificate is the `qualifying´ programme for entry to the two-year part-time clinical training offered on the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling/MA in Counselling and takes place on Wednesday evenings, 6.00-9.30.
What you study
The programme is taught through theoretical lectures, seminars, experiential workshops and group tutorials. The Certificate introduces you to some of the core theories from the humanistic and psychodynamic traditions of counselling. We give particular attention to Carl Rogers, Gerard Egan, Gestalt Therapy, Freud, Jung, Klein, Bowlby and Winnicott. The programme also addresses transcultural aspects of counselling with two workshops per term.
As the programme has been running for nearly twenty years now, we are confident that its curriculum design will more than adequately equip you to decide - should you wish to undertake formal clinical training - whether you wish to become a qualified counsellor in either the psychodynamic or humanistic traditions of therapeutic practice. Moreover, many past students have gone to train as counsellors at Goldsmiths and elsewhere at postgraduate level.
Assessment: Four written assignments covering the theory and practice of counselling.