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MSc Counselling Programme

The M.Sc. Counselling Programme is a part-time three year programme that seeks to provide graduate training and education for the English–speaking Caribbean nationals who want to work as counsellors. The programme prepares participants who are recruited from the fields of education, social services and health to deliver individual, group counselling and family therapy services in their respective countries in the English–speaking Caribbean. As such the programme is a regional collaborative partnership for the development of theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in the Region. Commenced in the academic year 2001-2002, the programme has been delivered in the following countries: Antigua, Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad.  The programme continues to contribute to the psychological health and well-being of the Caribbean Region having graduated close to one hundred and fifty trained counsellors over the past decade.

 

Objectives 

The aims of the M.Sc. Programme in Counselling are as follows:

  1. To help students to develop a thorough knowledge of the philosophy, assumptions, principles, elements, concepts and techniques of Career Counselling, Family Therapy, Person-Centred, Existential, Psycho-dynamic and Cognitive-Behavioural Schools of Counselling, and in  Eclectic Integrative Counselling.
  2. To develop high levels of competence in their practical application of this theoretical knowledge so that they will be able to specialize in any one of these approaches to counselling or adopt an eclectic or an integrative approach in keeping with their personal preferences, philosophy or values.
  3. To provide students with supervision in their counselling practicum so that they are confident and knowledgeable and skilful in the counselling of clients.
  4. To encourage and assist students to obtain therapy for themselves so that they are aware of their real motive for entering this profession and in order that their own personal problems and biases will not reduce their effectiveness as counsellors.
  5. To develop a cadre of counsellors in the fields of education, social services and health, who will be trained to deliver individual and group counselling and family therapy services in their respective countries in the West Indies.
  6. To develop a cadre of highly trained and qualified counsellors who are able to adapt predominantly European and North American counselling models to the West Indian context and who will have the research skills, the theoretical foundation and the practical expertise required to ultimately develop their own models of counselling which will be relevant to West Indian experiences.
  7. To provide counsellors with the kind of experiences which will increase their awareness of the high standards of ethical practice which are expected and required of counsellors and which they should demonstrate in their own personal and professional conduct.