A master's of science degree in counselling psychology of University of Iringa is a 180 credits which prepares students for work in private and public practice, Universities, industries, mental health and mental retardation centres, orphanages, rehabilitation and hospitals setting. The programme is designed to help students meet requirements for licensure as professional counsellors or psychotherapists.
Nature and Design of the ProgrammeThe programme runs for two academic years and is divided into two parts: Part one consists of comprehensive course work with written examination and in the form of a case Studies. The parts of the case studies include; phase one which involves a written treatment plan for a psychological counselling case; the second phase which involves an oral defense/presentation of the case to a committee of faculty members
Part two is basically divided into two parts, part one is the practicum in counselling psychology which once students have a sound knowledge of psychological theory and appropriate skill training, they are placed in practicum positions. University of Iringa has established a reliable network with a number of recognized organizations and clinics prepared to accept students for internship. Students need to accumulate 50 credits of supervised fieldwork in order to complete the programme. Practicum is the culminating experience in counseling/Psychotherapy education, preparing students to apply classroom learning to real world concerns. Success in these courses is a requirement for graduation. Again a student is required to do the research dissertation where by he/she must enroll in 80 credits of dissertation. The dissertation allows students to get involved as an active participant in research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
The Bachelor of Counselling Psychology programme at the University of Iringa is a three years fulltime covering 380 credits, intensive Counselling Psychology undergraduate degree programme designed to prepare candidates for professional action oriented psychological counselling in a wide range of Counselling psychology fields.
Programme Learning Outcomes
This programme aims to:
· Train students in psychological counselling skills and prepare them for a variety of helping roles: Psychological counselling of individuals, couples and families; facilitating personal development groups; counselling at work places, mediation and conflict resolution.
· Provide adequate knowledge of relevant disciplines as solid scientific foundations for students to build their counselling skills upon.
· Provide both personal and professional development in the context of vibrant, supportive learning community of faculty and students.
· Integrate theory and practice in a highly interactive learning community.
Nature of the Programme
The programme consists of four interrelated strands:
· Theoretical studies
· Practicum (Skills development via peer skills practice and clinical internship)
· Personal development
· Supervision and research report
This is a professional Counselling Psychology Diploma programme. It is a skill – oriented programme built on a firm theoretical knowledge base. It allows the learners to acquire competence in the knowledge and counselling skills and to utilize the blended competences in counselling fields of the students’ choice, both in class and in the community.
The Diploma programme covers 260 credits and the courses, the learning outcomes, the learning units, the teaching and learning tasks and their evaluations have been drawn from the current Bachelor of Counselling Psychology degree programme.
The certificate programme in counselling psychology is a skill – oriented programme built on a firm theoretical knowledge base. It allows the learners to acquire competence in the knowledge of psychology and counselling skills and to utilize the blended competences in counselling psychology fields of the students’ choice, both in class and in the community.
The programme covers 140 credits and its courses, the learning outcomes, the content areas, the teaching and learning tasks and their evaluations have been drawn from the current Diploma in Counselling Psychology programme. The Certificate programme therefore enables its graduates who after having worked as beginning counsellors and or additional to other qualifications such as nursing, social work and teaching for two to three years or so and want a Diploma in counselling psychology may come back and be allowed to start the diploma programme, at a fee.