These courses, delivered by Physis Training, are for people who have already completed Transactional Analysis counselling training.These courses will allow you to obtainan academic qualification in addition to a professional (practising) qualification. You can opt to study for either the counselling or psychotherapy qualification. The first two years of the courses are the same. If you follow the counselling route, you will go on to complete a 15,000 word dissertation demonstrating your integration of the practice of counselling and TA theory and practice. If you follow the Psychotherapy route, you will be required to work for two years to comply with the professional requirements of the Institute of Transactional Analysis and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) followed by Certified Transactional Analysis (CTA) professional examination. Finally, to complete the MSc, you will present a masters project based on the written CTA exam.
These courses will enable you to:
integrate the main areas of TA theory and methodology;
demonstrate a critical in-depth knowledge of counselling and psychotherapy and of specialist practice areas informed by current research and theoretical debate;
synthesise and integrate findings from clinical practice with established and emerging knowledge within the counselling and psychotherapy fields, and
critically debate, use and justify relevant theories, principles, concepts and philosophy in counselling and psychotherapy.
Duration: Part-time: 3 - 7 years
Teaching, learning and assessment: You will benefit from a wide range of learning and teaching methods, including experimental group work, facilitated and self-directed learning, observed supervised-skills practice and tutorials. You are also expected to find practice placements, which will be supervised, and at a suitable time start private practice. Assessment includes essays, case studies, presentations and transcript analysis.
Teaching hours and attendance: Each module which you study on-campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying.
Links with industry/professional bodies: Both MSc courses have been written to ensure academic qualification and eligibility for recognition as a professional practitioner. If you obtain the Counselling qualification, you will be eligible to apply for accreditation as a professional counsellor with COSCA (or equivalent) subject to completion of COSCAs practice requirements. On completion of the Psychotherapy qualification, you are eligible for registration as a psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. All Physis courses are kept under review to ensure that both the professional and academic standards required will be fully met by our graduates.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
Completion of two years of part-time Transactional Analysis counselling or psychotherapy training at Physis or another recognised training institute. Compliance with the training and practice requirements of professional bodies and normally a first degree or equivalent.
International: Where your Honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.
Interview: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.
No work experience is required.
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