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MSc in Counselling Psychology

Overview

The main objective of the Masters programme in Counselling Psychology is to provide specialized knowledge in the aforementioned applied field of Psychology, while simultaneously educating the students with the intervention techniques used in the counselling process. The main goals of Counselling Psychology focus on promoting a healthier way of living through supporting individuals faced with difficulties in handling problematic situations and crises in their personal, educational, familial or occupational lives. Utilizing a wide range of modern theoretical and research-based approaches, the Programme in Counselling Psychology aims at satisfying the needs of the society by developing professionally trained individuals who will provide their services to a wide range of welfare and support services to individuals, couples, families, groups, the education system, organizations and other institutions.

The MSc in Counselling Psychology in particular, aims at the following:

  • The expansion and consolidation of research-based knowledge that deals with life-span development and its relation to Counselling Psychology and its interventions.
  • The expansion of the experience of researching and planning of appropriate evaluations and interventions in the counselling process.
  • The realization of cultural, ethical and social parameters that play a vital role in the counselling process and research.
  • The acquisition of counselling skills, techniques and procedures connected with the context of their application.
  • The acquisition of skills pertaining to the diagnosis of disorders connected with the implementation of intervention techniques.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Masters of Science in Counselling Psychology, the graduates will be able to:

  • Identify the etiological factors that contribute to the emergence of the problem at hand.
  • To choose the appropriate, culturally-sensitive, research-based, and well-thought techniques to approach the problem.
  • To identify and investigate in a methodologically valid way issues related to the field.

 

Programme Structure, Duration and Language

The structure of the MSc in Counselling Psychology is based on three axes. On the first axis are the courses referring to research methodology, statistics and diagnostic methods. On the second axis are the courses referring to abnormal behaviour and diagnoses relating to all developmental levels of human existence (infancy to elderly). The third axis embraces the courses relating directly to the counselling process such as Ethics, Career Counselling, School Counselling, Health Psychology, as well as counselling with couples, families and groups. The programme is further enriched by a Multicultural Counselling course. The programme gives an emphasis on the critical assessment and implementation of different theoretical orientations, as they relate to the counselling process.

The MSc in Counselling Psychology is a full-time, 3-year programme consisting of course work, training (practicums) and research (thesis). The three years include 16 academic courses, four thesis preparation and completion courses and two practicum courses, where students would have to complete 1000 hours of supervised practice. The language used in the programme is Greek with a sufficient knowledge of English needed.

Practicum Placement

Students are expected to complete a total of 1000 hours at their rotating practicum sites during the third year of their studies. These sites include, but are not limited to, a variety of fields such as the counselling center of the University, non-psychiatric medical settings, schools, addiction centers and community counselling centers. The supervision of these 1000 hours will be conducted be licensed experts in the field with many years of clinical and supervision experience.

Career Prospects

Graduates are employed in a variety of settings depending on the services they provide and the client populations they serve. Some are employed in colleges and universities as teachers, supervisors, researchers, and service providers. Others are employed in independent practice providing counselling, psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation services to individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations. Additional settings in which counselling psychologists practice include community mental health centers, hospitals, family services, health maintenance organizations, rehabilitation agencies, business and industrial organizations and consulting firms.

 

 

The Faculty of the BSc in Psychology