|01250213||Faculty of Humanities||Department: Psychology|
|Minimum duration of study: 2 years||Total credits: 180||NQF level: 09|
This programme offers integrated academic, practical and professional training in counselling psychology.
The programme is a one-year full-time programme and is based on the researcher (50%)-practitioner
(50%) model. All credits within all the modules need to be passed to obtain the MA (Counselling Psychology) degree.
Once a student has successfully completed the coursework of the MA (Counselling Psychology) degree, such student can apply for registration as an intern counselling psychologist with the Professional Board for Psychology at the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) to do a one year full-time internship in Counselling Psychology. After successfully completing the internship in counselling psychology and the board exam of the Professional Board for Psychology at the HPCSA, an intern counselling psychologist can apply for registration as a counselling psychologist with the Professional Board for Psychology at the HPCSA. Such registration is subject to the regulations of the Professional Board for Psychology at the time of registration.
A. Researcher training
Researcher training entails 50% of the MA (Counselling Psychology) programme. During the two year period, consisting of one year academic training and one year internship, students are expected to successfully write a research proposal, conduct a research project and to write a mini-dissertation (VOS 895).
B. Practitioner training
Practitioner training entails 50% of the MA (Counselling Psychology) programme. The first year of the course involves academic and practical training. The academic training consists of five core modules, namely: Professional practice and ethics (SLK 807), Psychological assessment (SLK 811), Therapeutic intervention (SLK 809), Counselling psychology practical (SLK 812), and Community psychology (SLK 810). The training is delivered by means of didactic instruction and/or experiential learning. The practical training is arranged by the Department of Psychology annually.
C. Professional development
Besides the researcher and practitioner training, the professional development of the students is addressed on a continuous basis in all modules. The professional development of students entails professional practice and professional identity development. The professional practice component focuses on the ethical and legal framework in which counselling psychologists practice, while professional identity development focuses on the person of the prospective counselling psychologist.
Requirements for progress to year II of the programme
Requirements for progress to internship
Enquiry with regards to possible professional misconduct within the programme:
Should a student be considered in breach of any professional rule, regulation or code of conduct as laid down by the Professional Board for Psychology or the HPCSA, the student may be required to present him/herself before the executive committee of the Department of Psychology for an enquiry in order to ascertain whether or not the matter should be referred to the Professional Board or the HPCSA for a further investigation.
Discontinuation of participation in the programme
The Dean may, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Psychology, conduct an enquiry into the alleged conduct and/or fitness of the student to practice. Possible outcomes of this process could include, but will not be limited to, the discontinuation of the student’s participation in the programme during an academic year. This decision will be considered by a committee within the Department and various aspects of the student’s progress and conduct within the programme will be assessed. The student will have the opportunity to respond and make representations regarding the allegations brought against him/her.
Minimum credits: 90
This module is concerned with the values and scope of the profession of counselling psychology and includes inter alia professional ethics, legal frameworks, and diversity psychology.
In this module, students will be exposed to various models of therapeutic intervention, as well as models of therapy integration. The aim is to equip students with knowledge and skills to enhance psychological well-being as well as address psychological distress.
In this module students will develop skills to implement psychological programmes (e.g. life skills programmes) within social communities that will enable them to interpret the role of a community consultant.
This module focusses on the process of psychological assessment, including knowledge of psychopathology, psychodiagnostics, neuropsychology, and various assessment techniques. These include the administration, marking scoring and interpretation of psychological psychometric assessment techniques within various contexts.
In this module, students will engage in practical work at various institutions under supervision. Practicals will allow integration and application of theoretical knowledge.
Minimum credits: 90
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