PGDip Integrative Counselling and Coaching
The PG Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Coaching offers professional training for those who aim to integrate various counselling approaches and coaching in their one-to-one practice.
Broadly speaking, counselling concerns itself with the resolution of internal conflicts and psychological changes. Coaching deals more with goal achievement and behavioural changes that can be measured and perceived.
For example, counselling would deal with the reasons why someone had a drink problem, while coaching would deal with the habit itself.
Although there is some overlap between these two approaches, they are not interchangeable. However, they can be complementary.
This course is answering an urgent need that reflects a general trend towards more open-minded, integrative practice.
You can apply to do the course with a wide range of degrees.
The first year is taken up with counselling training. The second year offers coaching training and an introduction to a specific model of integration, Personal Consultancy.
There is then the option for students to continue onto a third year to complete a full MSc. This third year consists of a module on research methods and dissertation.
As a successful graduate you will be able to apply for membership of and eventual accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This would require additional practice hours.
Of its kind in the UK
This groundbreaking course is unique. It is the only postgraduate course in the UK, and possibly the world, that offers integration of counselling and coaching practices.
Of all modern universities in the UK
The School of Psychology, of which Integrative Counselling and Coaching is based in, is one of the top departments of Psychology in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017)
Structured in line with BACP
The two-year Diploma is structured in compliance with the individual accreditation requirements of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
What we're researching
UEL’s School of Psychology was ranked equal first in the country in terms of the impact of its research, beating Oxford and Cambridge.
The Research Excellence Framework is a six-yearly review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
In 2014 it rated 43 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and a further 25 per cent as ‘world-leading’ – the highest accolade. It added that UEL’s School of Psychology was one of only four in the country whose research had a ‘100 per cent impact’ at the highest level.
Dr Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa researches the understanding of psychosocial wellbeing in the context of complex multi-dimensional problems such as addictions, trauma, migration or social change.
Dr Tim Lomas has explored the impact of meditation on men’s wellbeing, using a mixed-methods design comprising narrative interviews, cognitive testing, and EEG measurement.
Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh is an internationally recognised academic and consultant whose ground-breaking research concerns his specialist area of coaching and mentoring, in which he conducts numerous international collaborations.
Dr Kate Hefferon’s work was the first to link participation in physical activity with post-traumatic growth. She has conducted several evaluation studies on the role of physical activity during and following breast cancer.
Among last year’s publications by Principal Lecturer Donald Ridley, who is a specialist in organisational development in the public sector in the former Soviet Union, are Safety management - the lessons of experience and The unspeakable and the sublime - the relationship between Stalin and Shostakovich.
Over the past few years Dr Aneta Tunariu has delivered psychological interventions in the UK and abroad working with disenfranchised young people to foster the development of positive identities, emotional resourcing and positive future perspectives.
Currently, Dr Tunariu is engaged in projects focusing on individual capacity for growth and resilience as a means of combating the risk of young people adopting radical belief systems.
Making a difference
UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
What you'll learn
This is a two year coursee. In your first year you will undertake two counselling modules. In your second year you will study the practice of evidence-based coaching and the integrative framework of Personal Consultancy.
All these modules are core to the course, and worth 30 credits each.
The course combines academic rigour with practical skills to ensure that all graduates are both highly effective and credible professionals.
It will prepare you for practice in the area of integrative counselling and coaching drawing on the distinctive perspective and expertise of the staff.
For a PG Diploma you will need 120 credits. If you want to continue and gain an MSc, you will need 180 credits.
What you'll study and when
- Core counselling theory and practice (30 credits)
- Counselling application (30 credits)
- Evidence based coaching theory and practice (30 credits)
- Personal Consultancy (30 credits)
How you'll be assessed
You will be assessed continuously: there are no exams but you must complete assessed work for each module. Assessments include a range of professionally relevant activities as well as the more traditional essays, reports and case studies. We also assess how students evaluate their own performance, through reflective practice.Course specification
Your future career
With this qualification you will be able to work as an integrative practitioner and personal consultant either independently or within organisations offering such services. The demand for integrative practitioners is steadily increasing in private, public and voluntary sectors.
After completing the Diploma or Master’s level degree, you can apply for the membership of BACP as well as the Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Practitioners (AICTP).
Both are relevant for your career in this field. This is, at the moment, the only postgraduate course of its kind in the UK, which makes this qualification highly sought-after.
During this course you will also develop an understanding of real life application of skills and theory as well as capabilities of pursuing successful, ethical and useful careers.
You will also draw upon the self-motivation required to undertake this degree when you are undertaking your independent learning and research away from the campus.
All our staff are very much involved and engaged in the integrative movement, some of them being funding members of the AICTP. So you will be working at the very centre of the integrative movement.
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