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BPS STUDENT GUIDE

School of Applied Sciences

Pathway Guide 2006/2007

Postgraduate Counselling Psychology MSc Part-time

    Postgraduate Professional Training in Counselling Psychology

    2-3 Introduction Welcome to the Awards

    The Staff 4 Team………………………………………………………………………….. Registry and 6 Finance…………………………………………………………………… Course Philosophy……………………………………………………………………… 8 A Two Way 13 Contract……………………………………………………………………. Aims and Objectives…………………………………………………………………… 15 Programme 17 Outcomes…………………………………………………………………. Admissions 22 Criteria……………………………………………………………………... Course 24 Structure………………………………………………………………………… Supervised Counselling Psychology Practice……………………………………….. 29 Learning 33 Resources…………………………………………………………………….. Assessment……………………………………………………………………………37 Extenuating Circumstances and Requests for Extensions 40 Award 41 Boards……………………………………………………………………………. APPENDICES

     Appendix 1

    Guidelines for 45 Assessment…………………………………………………………….. Appendix 2

    Assessment Grade 51 Scheme…………………………………………………………… Appendix 3

    Practitioner Doctorate „at risk‟ 53 Procedure…………………………………………….. Appendix 4

    Counselling Journals in Harrison Learning Centre………………………………….. 54

     Appendix 5

    Extenuating 55 Circumstances……………………………………………………………. Appendix 6

    BPS Code of 58 Ethics…………………………………………………………………….. Appendix 7

    Ethical Issues involved in Process 68 Reports………………………………………….. Appendix 8

    Psychology 69 Staff………………………………………………………………………… Appendix 9

    Module 72 List………………………………………………………………………………. Appendix 10

    Calendar…………………………………………………………………………………. 73

     Appendix 11

    Timetables……………………………………………………………………………….74 . Appendix 12 Chartered Counselling Psychologists‟ Training & Area of Competence………….. 75

     Appendix 13

    Referencing Format 77 BPS……………………………………………………………….

    Part-time MSc in Counselling Psychology 2006/2007

    Introduction

    Welcome to Wolverhampton University, and especially to this course in Counselling Psychology. We hope the course will be a useful beginning to your future career, and that the next three years will be enjoyable and productive.

    The first intake of students to this course was in 1996 with the first graduates emerging in 1999. Since then the course has evolved and grown into a significant centre of training for counselling psychologists in the Midlands area. The course enjoys full BPS accreditation. The programme offers 3 academic awards:

     MSc Counselling Psychology Full and Part-time

     Post-MSc Diploma Counselling Psychology Full-time only

     Practitioner Doctorate Counselling Psychology Full-time only

    Both the Post-MSc Diploma and the confer eligibility for chartership status with the BPS. In order to register for the doctorate route, students must successfully complete a selection process outlined on page 22.

    We have unique links with local NHS psychology departments, and clinical placements are usually available in various parts of the region. Students graduating from this course will be in an excellent position to make their careers in the relatively new field of Counselling Psychology.

    Please take some time to read this handbook it is essential you understand the details

    of the structure and regulations of the programme. This document should answer many of your questions about the course; the course team are available to answer any further queries.

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    Part-time MSc in Counselling Psychology 2006/2007

    PART-TIME STUDENTS

    As a part-time student, you have a maximum period of 3 years registration. At the end of this time, you will be awarded an MSc in Counselling Psychology assuming all

    requirements are met. If you wish to pursue your training through the Post Masters Diploma or doctoral route, there are two options:

    1. Having completed all MSc modules except the research project you may apply to

    transfer to the full-time route at the end of your second year. You would then

    join the second year full-time route and complete your Masters research project

    while studying the Post MSc Diploma.

    2. Having been awarded your MSc you may then apply to join the full-time route

    towards the Post Masters Diploma or Doctoral route

     Please be aware that this programme only offers part-time study to MSc level.

    Further training is only offered on a full-time basis.

     You should discuss your plans in the first instance with your personal tutor.

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    Part-time MSc in Counselling Psychology 2006/2007

    The Staff Team

    Course Leader

    Dr Yvette Lewis is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology. She is an Integrative Therapist with an interest in social constructionist approaches to counselling. Her research interests include qualitative methodologies in general and the social construction of self in particular. As course leader she is responsible for the management of the course.

    Room MC116 Ext. 1346. Email y.lewis@wlv.ac.uk

Placement Co-ordinator (Ms Maria Thompson)

    Mrs Maria Thompson is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with extensive clinical and service development experience in NHS, Forensic and non-statutory settings. Her doctoral research aims to engage Asian communities in the development of older adult services and she specialises in work with the elderly at a local NHS psychology department. Her research interests include positive psychology, psychology of religion, service development and the elderly. The Placement Co-ordinator is responsible for the management and administration of the supervised practice modules and the preparation of trainees for placement. Issues concerning placements are, in the first instance dealt with by the Placement Co-ordinator.

    Room MC117 Ext 1392. Email M.Thompson5@wlv.ac.uk

Research Co-ordinator (Dr Yvette Lewis)

    The Research Co-ordinator manages the process of students submitting research and ethics proposals and oversees the allocation of research supervisors. Room MC116 Ext. 1346. Email y.lewis@wlv.ac.uk

Personal Development Group Facilitators

    (Mr Peter Creagh and Ms Yasmin Malik)

    The Personal Development Group Facilitators are not members of the teaching team and have no teaching input to the course. This is to maintain boundaries around the PD Groups. The facilitators have experience of running groups and are qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or counselling psychologists. This year the

    Facilitators will be Peter Creagh and Yasmin Mailik

Module Leaders

    A tutor is named as Module Leader for each module of the course. She or he will be responsible for the effective operation of the module. This will involve teaching on the module, organising guest lecturers if appropriate, up-dating module guides and developing the module as appropriate, setting and marking assignments and presenting marks to the award board. Any queries relating to a particular module should be addressed to the module leader in the first instance.

    Dr Lorna Fortune is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with a background of working, clinically supervising and researching within the NHS. She is a new member of the team who has taught on other professional training courses. (Room MC111)

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    Ms Victoria Galbraith has completed her professional training and has submitted her DPsych thesis. She has experience of working within adult mental health settings from primary to tertiary level care, and also with a forensic population who have mental health needs. Her current research investigates counselling psychology trainees‟ experiences of personal development groups.

    Room MC116 Ext. 1329. Email v.galbraith@wlv.ac.uk

Visiting Lecturers:

    Mr Peter Creagh Personal Development Group

    Ms Yasmin Malik Personal Development Group

    Mr David Packwood Psychodynamic Approach

    Mrs Linda Hughes Working with Couples

    Ms Julia Rose Issues & Ethics in CP

    Other members of the Psychology Division contribute to the course by offering guest lectures in specialist areas.

    Visiting lecturers are employed regularly to give students access to as wide a range as possible of specialist knowledge. A number of practising clinical and counselling psychologists regularly offer lectures on specialist areas in the second and third years. In particular:

    Robin Shohet Martin Milton Shirley Timson

    Paul Moloney Brian Simpson Sam Heywood

    Jane Benanti Jane Hazel Viv Myatt

    Tim Lacey Donna Walters Peter Hudson

    Bobbie Petford Suki Kaur Jonathan Katz

    Susan Van-Scoyoc Diane Hammersley Bill O‟Connell

Personal Tutors

    Every student is allocated a personal tutor from within the staff team. The tutor provides support for the student and also monitors their progress throughout the course by meeting with them regularly. A log of meetings will be kept by the personal tutor. Allocation lists will be displayed on notice boards at the start of term. Tutors availability can be accessed on the intranet via the office hours booking system. Appointments must be made in advance. Tutors may also be willing to be approached via email. All students are required to meet with their personal tutor at the beginning and end of each academic year.

    Clinical Supervisors

    Chartered Counselling and Clinical Psychologists in regional NHS Trusts supervise all full-time students on placement. All supervisors receive a Supervisor‟s

    Handbook, which provides all necessary information relating to supervision, copies of assessment and report forms. Placement visits are conducted annually and informal communication between the Supervisor and Placement Co-ordinator may take place in-between.

    Part-time trainees and others who organise placements for themselves must arrange to be supervised by a chartered counselling or clinical psychologist. All supervisors must be approved by the Placement Co-ordinator before the placement arrangements are finalised.

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Administrative Support

    Pat Lees is the full-time Administrator employed to deal with the administrative demands of the course. The administration of the course is her main responsibility and she reports directly to the Course Leader. Trainees may initially contact the administrator who will refer them to the appropriate member of staff. Room MC103 Ext. 1376. Email P.J.Lees@wlv.ac.uk

Technical Support

    Psychology technicians (four in total) trained in the use of cameras and audio-visual equipment are available to service the needs of the course. They are responsible for setting up equipment used in skills workshops and providing support for research methodology sessions conducted in the computer laboratories. They are available to support students individually in the use of technical equipment and computer software.

    Room MC129 Ext.1385/1386

Ian Jukes - BSc (Hons) MSc Counselling Psychology i.j.jukes@wlv.ac.uk

    Alex O’Rourke-Senior Psychology Technician AlexOrourke@wlv.ac.uk

    Philip Oates-BA (Hons) Media & Communication

    Studies and Popular Music P.Oates@wlv.ac.uk

    Louise Walker-BSc (Hons) Multimedia Systems louisewalker@wlv.ac.uk

Registry and Finance

    The student Registry point is based in MT Block in Lichfield Street (MT002) Telephone: 01902 321096 during term time from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm and from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm during student vacation. The following points on the services provided by Registry might be helpful to you: ; Issues Congregation packs

    ; Enrols if you miss your mass enrolment session

    ; Term Dates

    ; University Shuttle Transport time-tables

    ; School specific information

    ; Academic Regulations

    ; Finance information

    ; If you need to change your personal details (eg addresses, telephone numbers).

    However, please let the Course Administrator know first.

    ; If you want to register or amend your modules on your programme of study ; If you need to request an extension to your assignment handing-in deadline

    (Form POG33)

    ; If you need to request extenuating circumstances to be considered by your

    Award Board (Form POG34)

    ; If you have fee queries

    ; If you intend to pay your fees by standing order

    ; If you intend to take leave of absence

    ; If you plan to change course, both internally or externally

    ; If you wish to withdraw from the University

    ; If you want to make a complaint

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    Part-time MSc in Counselling Psychology 2006/2007 A suggestion scheme is operated and comments are welcomed. Slips are available

    for your completion.

It is important that you visit the Student Registry frequently to check the notice

    boards for items of possible interest!

Useful Departments and Contact Numbers:

School of Applied Sciences 01902 322667

    School of Health (Health Studies) 01902 321151

    International Students Unit 01902 322474

www.wlv.ac.uk/registry/isu/welcome.htm

    Student Financial Support Unit MB Block (Gateway) General Enquires 01902 321070

    Finance Department MM Block (Molineux) Accommodation Fees 01902 321331

    Tuition Fees 01902 321216/321218

    Other Fees 01902 321217/321256

    Student Union MD Block (Learning Centre) General Enquiries 01902 322021

    Counselling and Guidance Unit MB Block (Gateway) General Enquiries 01902 321020

    Higher Education Shop MV Block

    General Enquiries 01902 321032

    Careers Service MB Block (Gateway) General Enquiries 01902 321413

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