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Graduate Certificate in Humanistic and PsychodynamicCounsellingProgramme SpecificationAwarding Institution:University of London (Interim Exit Awards made by Goldsmiths’ College)Teaching Institution: Goldsmiths, University of LondonName of Final Award and Programme Title:Graduate Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic CounsellingName of Interim Exit Award(s): Not applicableDuration of Programme: 1 year part-timeUCAS Code(s): Not applicableHECoS Code(s): (100495) CounsellingQAA Benchmark Group: Counselling and PsychotherapyFHEQ Level of Award: Level 6Programme accredited by: Not applicableDate Programme Specification last updated/approved: December 2020Home Department: Social, Therapeutic and Community StudiesDepartment(s) which will also be involved in teaching part of the programme:Not applicableProgramme overviewThe programme combines a wide theoretical coverage of relevant theories, counsellingskills training and ethics, facilitating students’ self-reflection and personal growth. Teachingmethods include lectures, seminars, discussion groups, experiential learning and role playexercisesIt is particularly suitable for those anticipating an application to the university’s MACounselling.Programme entry requirementsStudents must be able to demonstrate: an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification/relevant work experienceGraduate Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling - Programme SpecificationGoldsmiths, University of London1

a commitment to counselling as a professionan ability to sustain academic studythe potential to develop those qualities essential to counselling, for example empathyand sense of self English language requirements IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 inthe written test and no individual test lower than 6.0Aims of the programmeThe programme aims to: Introduce students to how humanistic psychology (particularly the work of CarlRogers, Gestalt therapy, and the goal-oriented approach of Gerard Egan) andpsychodynamic theories (particularly the work of Freud, Klein, Winnicott and Bowlby)conceive of the specificity of the therapeutic process and relationshipIntroduce students to the themes of human growth and developmentProvide students with the critical wherewithal to evaluate conflicting accounts ofhuman growth and development and their bearing upon the therapeutic processBy use of role plays and other methods, develop some of the micro skills requisite tothe conduct of a therapeutic relationshipIntroduce students to conceptions of unconscious processes, especiallytransference/ countertransference phenomena and the defences of projection andintrojectionCritically to engage with issues of diversity in the counselling relationshipIntroduce students to the psychodynamics of ‘race’ and racismDevelop students’ basic counselling skills, such as creating rapport and evidencingempathy, through experiential learning, role play and other skills exercisesPromote students’ self-reflectionProvide a supportive learning environment which responds to the needs of peoplereturning to studyEncourage lifelong learning by means of the acquisition of individual learning stylesEncourage students to progress to formal counselling training, where appropriateWhat you will be expected to achieveStudents who undertake the programme will:Graduate Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling - Programme SpecificationGoldsmiths, University of London2

Knowledge and understandingCodeA1A2A3A4A5A6A7Learning outcomeDemonstrate knowledge of thedifferences between, and commonalitiesof, humanistic and psychodynamicconceptions of human growth anddevelopmentDemonstrate knowledge of how thehumanistic and psychodynamic traditionsconceive of the therapeutic process andrelationshipDemonstrate knowledge of a range ofhumanistic and psychodynamic theoriesDemonstrate knowledge of unconsciousprocesses such as transference,countertransference and defensiveprocesses (e.g. projection, introjection)Demonstrate understanding of thearguably ‘eurocentric’ character of muchcounselling theoryDemonstrate understanding of howpsychodynamic conceptions can be usedto account for racism and racist practicesDemonstrate understanding of whyissues of diversity are so central to theconduct of respectful counselling workTaught by the following module(s)Theory 1; Theory 2Theory 1; Theory 2Theory 1; Theory 2Theory 2Reflective PractitionerReflective PractitionerReflective PractitionerCognitive and thinking skillsCodeB1B2Learning outcomeHave developed research and informationretrieval skillsSynthesise academic material anddevelop argumentsTaught by the following module(s)Basic Counselling Skills; Theory 1;Theory 2; Reflective PractitionerBasic Counselling Skills; Theory 1;Theory 2; Reflective PractitionerGraduate Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling - Programme SpecificationGoldsmiths, University of London3

Subject specific skills and professional behaviours and attitudesCodeC1C2Learning outcomeUnderstand that empathy on the part ofthe counsellor is a necessary conditionfor the establishment of rapport betweencounsellor and clientDemonstrate potential for developing theskills requisite to the conduct of a securecounselling relationshipTaught by the following module(s)Theory 1; Reflective PractitionerBasic Counselling Skills; Theory 1;Theory 2; Reflective PractitionerTransferable skillsCodeD1Learning outcomeCommunicate ideas by using a coherentand structured mode of communicationTaught by the following module(s)Basic Counselling Skills; Theory 1;Theory 2; Reflective PractitionerHow you will learnThe programme is delivered by means of a variety of teaching methods, including lectures,seminars, discussion groups and role play exercises. There is a strong emphasis on studentparticipation throughout the programme, and the teaching of study skills is incorporated intotutorial support.How you will be assessedAssessment is continual and is carried out by means of 2 essays of 2,500 words; areflective journal and a practical skills assessment.Students must pass all four pieces of work to be awarded the Certificate. 40% constitutesthe pass mark.Marking criteriaMark80-100%Descriptor1st: First(Exceptional)Specific Marking CriteriaOriginal use of relevant materialDraws on a wide range of evidenceDemonstrates ability to evaluate texts critically and advancedunderstanding of the therapeutic relationship.Well organised, coherent workGraduate Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling - Programme SpecificationGoldsmiths, University of London4

MarkDescriptor70-79%1st: First(Excellent)60-69%2.1: UpperSecond (Verygood)50-59%2.2: LowerSecond(Good)40-49%3rd: Third(Pass)25-39%Fail10-24%Bad fail1-9%Very bad fail0%Nonsubmission orplagiarisedSpecific Marking CriteriaLearning outcomes have been achieved to an outstanding levelOriginal use of relevant materialDraws on a wide range of evidenceDemonstrates ability to evaluate texts criticallyWell organised, coherent workLearning outcomes have been achieved to an excellent levelDemonstrates understanding of textsUse of relevant material to answer questionsGood essay format, with clear presentationSound writing skillsLearning outcomes have been achieved to a very good levelKnowledge of relevant materialUnderstands question and attempts to answer itCorrect grammar and spelling, for the most partReasonably clear expressionLearning outcomes have been achieved to a good levelAddresses the questionReasonable level of knowledge and understandingdemonstratedCoherent with some analysisUse of relevant materialLearning outcomes have been achievedPoor academic skillsShows little knowledge of material in questionPoor writingGeneral weaknesses in the organisation of materialOne or more learning outcomes have not been achievedVery poor academic skillsShows very little to no knowledge of material in questionVery poor writingSubstantial generalised weaknesses in the organisation ofmaterialMajority of learning outcomes have not been achievedA submission that does not even attempt to address thespecified learning outcomes (shall be deemed a non validattempt and module must be re-sat)A categorical mark representing either the failure to submit anassessment or a mark assigned for a plagiarised assessmentGraduate Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling - Programme SpecificationGoldsmiths, University of London5

How the programme is structuredThe programme attracts 60 credits (CATS) at Level 6. Each of the 4 assessments attracts15 credits. The programme is delivered over a one-year period comprising 26 attendancesat University from 1800 to 2100 hours.Basic Counselling Skills: The module is designed to provide an intensive practice-basedtraining in counselling skills, building on the theoretical knowledge that is acquired in theTheories modules. Students will practice key skills used in counselling practice throughstructured exercises, and will develop core listening and other basic skills required for thecounselling and therapies professions.Theory 1: The module will cover the Humanistic tradition for counselling and psychotherapy,including Carl Rogers and Egan’s goal oriented approach. It will also cover existential andGestalt philosophy and psychotherapy. Students will explore the historical context of theapproaches, key theorists and theories within them and their practical implications forpractice in the therapy room. Teaching will involve didactic knowledge, class discussion,case studies and experiential learning.Theory 2: The module will cover the psychodynamic approach to counselling andpsychotherapy, including Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Bowlby and other prominentpsychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories. Students will explore concepts such asunconscious processes: transference and countertransference, projection and introjection,and defence mechanisms, with their practical implications for practice in the therapy room.Teaching will involve didactic knowledge, class discussion, case studies and experientiallearning.Reflective Practitioner: the module will cover core professional issues in relation tocounselling and psychotherapy. This will include issues of diversity, gender and power inthe counselling relationship, transcultural counselling, stigma, ethical professionalframeworks, supervision, and self-care. Students will be encouraged to critically reflect onthese issues and to use their own experiences to further their learning experience. Teachingwill involve seminars, class discussions and experiential learning.Module TitleBasic Counselling SkillsTheory 1Theory 2Reflective PractitionerModule 5Level6666Graduate Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling - Programme SpecificationGoldsmiths, University of LondonModule 1-3121-36

Academic supportSupport for learning and wellbeing is provided in a number of ways by departments andCollege support services who work collaboratively to ensure students get the right help toreach their best potential both academically and personally.All students are allocated a Personal Tutor (one in each department for joint programmes)who has overall responsibility for their individual progress and welfare. Personal Tutorsmeet with their student at least twice a year either face-to-face, as part of a group and/orelectronically. The first meeting normally takes place within the first few weeks of theautumn term. Personal Tutors are also available to students throughout the year of study.These meetings aim to discuss progress on modules, discussion of the academic disciplineand reports from previous years if available (for continuing students). This provides anopportunity for progress, attendance and assessment marks to be reviewed and aninformed discussion to take place about how to strengthen individual learning and success.All students are also allocated a Senior Tutor to enable them to speak to an experiencedacademic member of staff about any issues which are negatively impacting their academicstudy and which are beyond the normal scope of issues handled by Programme Convenorsand Personal Tutors.Students are provided with information about learning resources, the Library andinformation available on Learn.gold (VLE) so that they have access to department/programme handbooks, programme information and support related information andguidance.Taught sessions and lectures provide overviews of themes, which students are encouragedto complement with intensive reading for presentation and discussion with peers atseminars. Assessments build on lectures and seminars so students are expected to attendall taught sessions to build knowledge and their own understanding of their chosendiscipline.All assessed work is accompanied by some form of feedback to ensure that students’ workis on the right track. It may come in a variety of forms ranging from written comments on amarked essay to oral and written feedback on developing projects and practice as theyattend workshops.Students may be referred to specialist student services by department staff or they mayaccess support services independently. Information about support services is provided onthe Goldsmiths website and for new students through new starter information andinduction/Welcome Week. Any support recommendations that are made are agreed with thestudent and communicated to the department so that adjustments to learning and teachingGraduate Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling - Programme SpecificationGoldsmiths, University of London7

are able to be implemented at a department level and students can be reassured thatarrangements are in place. Opportunities are provided for students to review their supportarrangements should their circumstances change. The Disability and Wellbeing Servicesmaintain caseloads of students and provide on-going support.The Careers Service provides central support for skills enhancement, running The GoldAward scheme and other co-curricular activities that are accredited via the Higher EducationAchievement Report (HEAR).The Academic Skills Centre works with academic departments offering bespoke academicliteracy sessions. It also provides a programme of academic skills workshops and one-toone provision for students throughout the year.Links with employers, placement opportunities and careerprospectsYou'll develop critical, communication and interpersonal skills, and listening skills. Suitablecareers for graduates of this programme include support and welfare work, residential socialwork, teaching, advocacy and mentoring.The programme is such that the majority of students who undertake it are already employedin the welfare/care and educational fields. Many undertake the programme to augment theirexisting skills. However, a number of students each year elect to progress to the university’sMA in Counselling, for which, subject to interview, the programme provides access.The requirements of a Goldsmiths Graduate CertificateGraduate Certificates normally have a value of 60 credits. Programmes are composed ofindividual modules, each of which has its own credit value. If a programme has a part-timepathway, the structure will be set out in the section “How the programme is structured”above. Normally, all modules are at level 6 of the Framework for Higher EducationQualifications.More detailed information about the structure and requirements of a Goldsmiths degree isprovided in the Goldsmiths Qualifications and Credit Framework.ModulesModules are defined as: “Optional” – which can be chosen from a group of modulesGraduate Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling - Programme SpecificationGoldsmiths, University of London8

“Compulsory” – which must be taken as part of the degreeProgressionWhere a programme of study extends beyond one calendar year, students may be requiredto pass specific modules in their first year of study before progressing to the second year.Where this is the case, these requirements will be set out in this Programme Specification.Award of the CertificateIn order to graduate, students must successfully complete all modules specified for theprogramme, as set out within the section “How the programme is structured” above.ClassificationGraduate Certificates are awarded without classification.The above information is intended as a guide, with more detailed information available inthe Goldsmiths Academic Manual.Programme-specific rules and factsGeneral programme costsIn addition to your tuition fees, you will be responsible for meeting standard costsassociated with your study. Find out more information at gold.ac.uk/programme-costs.Specific programme costsNot applicable.How teaching quality will be monitoredGoldsmiths employs a number of methods to ensure and enhance the quality of learningand teaching on its programmes.Programmes and modules are formally approved against national standards and aremonitored throughout the year, such as in departmental committees, a variety of studentfeedback mechanisms and through the completion of module evaluation questionnaires.Every programme has at least one External Examiner who reviews comments annually onGraduate Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling - Programme SpecificationGoldsmiths, University of London9

the standards of awards and student achievement. External Examiner(s) attend Boards ofExaminers meetings and submit an annual written report.Modules, programmes and/or departments are also subject to annual and periodic reviewinternally, as well as periodic external scrutiny.Quality assurance processes aim to ensure Goldsmiths’ academic provision remainscurrent, that the procedures to maintain the standards of the awards are working effectivelyand the quality of the learning opportunities and information provided to students andapplicants is appropriate.Detailed information on all these procedures are published on the Quality Office web pages.Graduate Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling - Programme SpecificationGoldsmiths, University of London10

Basic Counselling Skills: The module is designed to provide an intensive practice-based training in counselling skills, building on the theoretical knowledge that is acquired in the Theories modules. Students will practice key skills used in counselling practice through structured exercises, and will develop core listening and other basic skills required for the counselling and therapies .

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