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Psychotherapeutic Practice: Humanistic (MA)

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Part time


3 years

Start date


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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course type


Course Summary

The interdisciplinary approach which underpins this programme offers trainee Counselling practitioners a fusion of new and traditional approaches backed by research.

The foundation of this programme draws on the work of Carl Rogers and the therapeutic relationship; the focusing work of Eugene Gendlin, and the dialogic and experiential work of the Gestalt tradition. From this, the contemporary approach of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) opens up greater access of human emotion, as it engages with a close interest in the growing understanding of neuroscience and how emotions function differently from cognition in the brain.

The theory will underpin the application to practice through a therapeutic placement comprising of 100 clinically supervised practice hours. In addition, students will undertake a minimum of 25 hours of personal therapy which will support and strengthen both personal and professional development.

The programme will be taught in small groups so that the students have a significant opportunity to engage in the practice and development of their therapeutic competence. In addition, students will be taught through formal lecture and seminar groups where there will be an opportunity to discuss with each other and the tutors, the rich, diverse and often complex issues addressed in the programme.

Course Overview

The Psychotherapeutic Practice: Humanistic (MA) is a three-year programme set at Level 7, however, there is an expectation of incremental development in theoretical knowledge, personal and professional development and practice competence as the student progresses through the programme. The modules have been designed to support this development of competency. The MA is suitable for students with no clinical practice experience.

The structure will ensure that students are highly trained practitioners that are able to work with a range of mental disorders and have the skills and knowledge to be classed as qualified psychotherapists.

This programme utilises both large classroom spaces as well as small counselling rooms to ensure ethical and confidential provision for practice. Sessions can be recorded for training purposes.

Students are required to work within local agencies to gain their 100 hours of clinically supervised practice. This can include work within symptom specific organisations such as those offering drug and alcohol rehabilitation; bereavement Counselling and women’s issues. In addition, our students have also completed placements within the NHS, educational settings and within social services.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this programme will enable students to practice as fully qualified therapists. Typical pathways have included work within

  • Social Care
  • The Prison Service
  • Emergency Services
  • Charitable organisations and paid work within the voluntary sector
  • Primary care
  • Educational roles
  • Trainers
  • Lecturers
  • Social Researchers.


Within this module, students will contextualise therapeutic practice within the wider mental health context, including multi-disciplinary working and the role and impact of NICE on mental health provision. Students will also begin to engage with Emotion-Focused Therapy and exploring the process of change.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A good standard undergraduate degree in a compatible subject in the Humanities or Social Sciences. An introductory skills course: evidence of what was covered and at what level will need to be produced at interview. Places for the course are offered subject to interview. Applicants for the programme will be given an opportunity to come and talk to the lecturers so that you can assess whether this is the course for you and we can also make that assessment.

University information

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is the oldest higher education institution in Wales and one of the newest. In 2022 it will celebrate 200 years since the original Lampeter campus was founded in 1822. Its 1828 Royal Charter is the third oldest in the UK after Oxford and Cambridge. A merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen in 2010, followed by Swansea Metropolitan University joining...more