This one year part-time Certificate course provides students with an opportunity to acquire both the practical experience and the theoretical understanding required to use person-centred counselling skills with confidence and competence.
The courses are offered at undergraduate level for those who have no previous experience of Higher Education and at post-graduate level for those who already hold a Higher Education qualification.
Course members meet weekly; there are also a number of full-day weekend workshops and a residential weekend. Sessions will include structured and unstructured group work; skills practice; the use of audio recording with peer group and tutor feedback; role play; written analysis and reflection. Through the experience of working within a facilitated group and by keeping a reflective learning journal, we can create a safe environment making possible self disclosure, constructive feedback and a high level of interpersonal and intra-personal learning.
Students on the post-graduate pathway will be required to engage in greater depth with the course content. They will be expected to critically evaluate current research and new developments in the person centred approach and to engage in research into their own use of counselling skills and the wider application of the approach.
Coursework and Assessment
All areas will be assessed throughout the course using a variety of written and practical assignments and will involve self, peer and tutor assessment.
“The initial Certificate courses at UEA have often proved to be life-changing events for participants. For many, too, they have been the vital first stage in a process which has led ultimately to qualification as a professional counsellor. I am proud to have been associated with these courses since their inception.”
Brian Thorne - Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of East Anglia, Professor of Education in the College of Teachers and best-selling author of 'Person Centred Counselling in Action' and 'Carl Rogers', both recommended texts for students on our person centred courses.
The School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA, ranked in the top 10 for its subject area in the UK (The Times Good University Guide 2014), is one of the UK's premier centres for teaching and research in professional education and training.