Κολέγιο CITY College
International Faculty,
CITY College.
Main Campus, Thessaloniki, Greece

Counselling Psychology with a Practicum - MA

Degree title: The title of Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology with a Practicum is awarded directly from the University of Sheffield
Duration: 2 years (full time) or 3 years (part time)
Mode of delivery: Classes take place on weekday evenings
Language of instruction: English

Why choose this course?

  • Degree from one of the world’s top 100 universities, the University of Sheffield.
     
  • Degree recognition. Graduates with a Bachelor in Psychology, who continued their studies to Masters level and have been awarded our MA in Counselling Psychology with a Practicum, which includes practical experience, can apply for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council – HCPC through the International route. Applications to the HCPC are examined on an individual case, thus registration is not automatic but subject to the applicant meeting all the conditions set by the HCPC*.
     
  • Excellent career prospects. Graduates may pursue as Relationship and Family Counsellors, Counsellors in hospitals, schools, business, rehabilitations centres, kindergartens etc. 
     
  • Follows the Reflective Approach: The course places considerable emphasis on the reflective practitioner approach, which underlines the importance of learning through experience rather than through reading. The course is an integrated programme of study, utilising critical appraisal of counselling theory and real practice.
     
  • Experiential learning: The taught part of the programme places particular focus on experiential learning.
     
  • It combines the three basic counselling approaches: Psychoanalytic, Cognitive-Behavioural and Existential.
     
  • Students practice their counselling skills by being assigned real clients in the Psychology Department’s Community Counselling Centre.
     
  • The evaluation is based on experiential activities and use of reflective journal.
     
  • Personal therapy for students for free.
     
  • A pathway to a successful career in Europe and abroad.

* For more information regarding the registration procedure please visit HCPC's official website.
Sample of HCPC Certificate (PDF)
For Greek students only: Those candidates who officially receive the title of Practitioner Psychologist in UK (via HCPC), could transfer the accreditation to the Greek context via SAEP.

More reasons why:

  • Supportive learning environment with a wide range of support services available to students.
     
  • Free participation in sports and clubs activities.
     
  • Events with well-recognised psychologists. Students attend events, seminars and workshops by psychologists who share their expertise.
     
  • Our state of the art library, the Information and Learning Commons (ILC) fully supports our students’ study experience.

 

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This is the only Master’s programme in Greece in the field of Counselling Psychology that gives its graduates the opportunity to get a postgraduate British University degree and acquire their practical experience in Counselling at the same time. It equips students with all the requirements necessary for official recognition and certification, thus they can apply for membership in independent professional associations such as BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

 

Entry requirements

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How to apply

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about this programme, contact our Admissions Team at admissions@city.academic.gr

 

Applied Counselling Psychology
Counselling Children and Adolescents
Psychopathology
Research Methods in Counselling Psychology
Introduction to Research in Counselling Psychology
Current Paradigms in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Personal and Professional Development
Counselling Skills
Practicum

 

Applied Counselling Psychology
The unit examines a number of theories and concepts in the counseling field and demonstrates their application using case examples. A broad spectrum of concepts are introduced, such as health promotion and prevention, education counselling, counselling for trauma and abuse. Students are provided with a case example for every concept that reflects the concept being taught. Students are also introduced to issues and debates that are pertinent to the topic. Back to top

Counselling Children and Adolescents
This unit will provide an overview of theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy with children and adolescents. The unit focuses on how to approach children and adolescents as a person making use of counselling skills and strategies. It will also provide information pertaining to the process of child therapy and developmental psychopathology including understanding of the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic categories relevant to children and adolescents and challenge students to think critically. Lectures are complemented with case study discussions in order to allow students to apply theoretical knowledge to the critical evaluation of cases. Student participation is expected to be active and contributory. Back to top

Psychopathology
This course will provide an overview of critical issues in classification, instruct students on how to structure a diagnosis using the DSM-IV-TR system, provide information pertaining to the theory of and research on the etiology, pathology, phenomenology, course, and diagnosis of various major mental disorders and challenge students to think critically about psychopathology. Information regarding therapy and assessment of the disorders will only be provided in as much as it sheds light on the nature of the disorder. Lectures are complemented with case study discussions in order to allow students to apply theoretical knowledge to the critical evaluation of cases. Moreover, students will be exposed to people who have active psychopathologies through videos and/or case studies. Student participation is expected to be active and contributory. Back to top

Research Methods in Counselling Psychology
This unit entails the practice of research methods in psychology, with particular attention to the strengths and weaknesses of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The course is organised along two dimensions: qualitative and quantitative. It is divided in two parts: Five sessions will be dedicated to quantitative methods and analyses and five to qualitative methods and analyses. The course will be based on work-shops by using specific examples and/or data collected by the students. A member of the academic staff will assist each workshop that is related to their research experience and expertise. The aim is for students to be able to make appropriate methodological decisions and carry out independent research. The course will build on knowledge acquired in MPSY113 and will entail applied research in various fields. Back to top

Introduction to Research in Counselling Psychology
This unit covers in detail the practice of research methods in behavioural sciences, with particular attention to the opportunities and challenges that psychologists and counsellors face in applying the methods of science to the study of human behaviour. A great emphasis will also be given to the ethical issues in research methods. During the first part (5 weeks) students will become familiar with issues in qualitative research. Students will be introduced to main approaches (methodology) in qualitative research and their application to the psychology field. Emphasis will be given to different qualitative research methods (like interviews, focus groups, participant observations and fieldwork notes). Students will also be advised on how they can form a qualitative research method, which is the most suitable methodological approach to their problem, which is the most appropriate research method and how to proceed to the data collection and analysis as well as the discussion of their findings. Finally, students will discuss about ethics, relevance reliability and validity in qualitative research. In the second part of the unit (weeks 7 to 12) students will explore the various designs that are used in quantitative research (e.g., experimental and quasi experimental design, correlational design, surveys). During these sessions the students will learn how to select the appropriate research design depending on the area they wish to study and the analysis that is required for each set of data (quantitative or qualitative). The course is organised to provide a support framework for the dissertation of each student. Back to top

Current paradigms in Counselling and Psychotherapy
This unit will provide an overview of the central concepts and techniques of the main schools of counselling and will also demonstrate how they apply in practice. It will equip students with the necessary knowledge to evaluate the range of different counselling approaches to different psychological problems as well as the ability to synthesize these approaches in relation to the particular psychological problems. Some examples of counselling approaches that would be presented is the client-centred, existential, cognitive analytic, family, systemic, gestalt and group therapy. Back to top

Personal and Professional Development
The unit introduces students to the main issues in personal and professional development, such as developing strategies for maintaining effectiveness in the face of work pressures, identifying the requirements of a personal support system and the personal dimension of professional competence. This will be enhanced through a combination of teaching and learning methods and assessment components as well (i.e. the use of the personal learning journal which will facilitate the development of helping relationship). It is important that students will be encouraged to establish a commitment to and demonstrate non-discriminatory practice and cross-cultural counselling sensitivity. Back to top

Counselling Skills
The unit introduces students to the basic counselling skills. It covers the main skills employed in the process of counselling, such as listening, reflecting challenging, crisis management etc. The unit focuses on the theoretical assumptions and therapeutic aims that underpin the use of specific skills as well as on the practical use of them. It also encourages critical and reflexive engagement with the use of counselling skills and their effects on the client and the client-counsellor relationship. Back to top

 

The Psychology Department of the University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College has excellent reputation due to the high quality of teaching and research. Our academic staff is strongly committed to excellence in research and in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Teaching is informed by the latest scientific research and cultivates development of critical thinking, self-development, and academic and professional ethos. The department’s academic staff, all hold a PhD degree, have intensive research activity and significant professional experience.
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Research at the Psychology Department

The academic staff of the Psychology Department

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Graduates of the MSc in Counselling Psychology programme may pursue careers as psychologists, counsellors, social workers in hospitals, community centres, schools and businesses, therapists, family counselors, guidance counsellors and more.

Career, Employability and Enterprise Centre

The Career, Employability and Enterprise Centre, focuses on helping students to set attainable career goals. It offers advice on CVs and cover letters, and on how to effectively handle job interviews. Through career fairs, and different internship programmes, the department aims at constantly bringing students in contact with prospective employers. 

Every spring we organize the Annual Career Fair presenting with an opportunity to get a first feel of job seeking. During the event students and alumni have interview opportunities with corporate recruiters and present their skills and abilities to potential employers. Large companies, organisations and multinationals from different industries across S.E. Europe participate every year in our Career Fair and offer employment and internship opportunities to our students and graduates.
More about our Career Services.

Contact the Career, Employability and Enterprise Centre at careers@city.academic.gr

 

Mr George Pavlidis “During my studies I enjoyed great communication support from highly competent and passionate lecturers in their field of expertise who helped me identify and cultivate my skills. It was a demanding programme, but any student who puts in the required effort enjoys invaluable guidance and mentoring. My journey in academia has not come to an end yet. I am currently working on my PhD the International Faculty’s research centre, which gives me the opportunity to appreciate the breadth and the depth of psychology studies, a real heritage of knowledge and critical thinking.”

George Pavlidis, Greece
PhD Candidate in Gerontology at SEERC

 

 

Mr James Hayden “Over the last decade or so I yearned for the opportune time and the right institution where I could further my education. The University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College presented me with the best opportunities to fulfill aspirations I had had for a long time. The overall warm reception of the faculty played its role on my decision to attend the MSc in Counselling Psychology. The energetic style of lectures and the open door policy made it a pleasure to attend classes and an honor to learn from great teachers. Demanding case studies intrigued my mind and required thorough research and undivided devotion. Further to the faculty’s excellence, studying in the city of Thessaloniki is unique and a once in a lifetime experience that provides you with great, lasting memories. My studies broadened my opportunities to get a challenging job in a field that I have truly held dear to my heart, that of counseling youth. I am a Youth Counselor employed by the government of the United States of America (Department of Defense).”

James Hayden
MSc in Counseling Psychology
Youth Counselor in the Government of the USA (Department of Defense)

 

Professional rights

Our Graduates of Bachelor in Psychology who continued their studies to Masters level and have been awarded our MSc in Counselling Psychology (along with adequate practical experience in a related field) or our MA in Counselling Psychology with a Practicum, can apply for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council – HCPC through the International route. Applications to the HCPC are examined on an individual case, thus registration is not automatic but subject to the applicant meeting all the conditions set by the HCPC (i.e. training, health and character of the applicant).

For more information regarding the registration procedure please visit HCPC's official website.

Sample of HCPC Certificate

Example of HCPC Certificate

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