Master of Arts (Counselling Psychology)
The Department of Psychology offers a two-year Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. The programme, which leads to registration as a counselling psychologist with the Professional Board of Psychology (PBP) of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), is a full-time degree offered on the Kingsway campus (APK) in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. The language of instruction is English, and this is a contact-tuition programme. Because of coursework and lecture-attendance requirements, you will not be able to hold part-time employment. You will be registered as a student psychologist with the HPCSA. The first year consists of coursework, a minor dissertation, and practical placements. The second year requires you to serve as an intern psychologist at an HPCSA-accredited programme or institution. All students must apply for and obtain this accredited internship position themselves. The Department will provide further information about this after you have been successfully selected and enrolled into the programme. To gain entrance into the programme, you must apply to the department for selection. Information and documentation is provided below.
Applications for 2021
APPLICATIONS OPEN: 1 April 2020
CLOSING DATE: 10 July 2020 @ 12:00pm (midday) – strictly
SELECTION WEEK: 17 – 21 August 2020
Please follow the following steps in order to apply:
- Apply online to study this course at UJ (Follow the "Study at UJ Apply" links on main webpage)
- Download the Application Guide AND the Department Application Form AND the Referee Report Form (links below)
- Complete the downloaded application form (following the instructions in the downloaded Application Guide). Then, either courier or hand deliver the completed form to the Department of Psychology on the APK Campus.
- Ask your referee to complete the form and to send it directly to the Department of Psychology.
*PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE COMPLETED ALL FOUR STEPS*
Documents for in order to apply:
- Application Guide - UJ 2021 Counselling MA
- Application Form - UJ 2021 Counselling MA
- Referee Form - UJ 2021 Counselling MA
- For the application process, please contact the Student Enrolment Centre on (011) 559 4555; for other queries contact the Student Assistants Office in the Department of Psychology on (011) 559 3130.
- For course content (ONLY) contact Ms S Uren: email@example.com
- Referee reports must be sent by the referee to Ms Anita Smyth: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Admission into the MA (Counselling Psychology) programme is subject to a selection process. See Application Guide for selection process and selection criteria.
Please note that you can only apply for either Counselling or Clinical, not both.
Disclaimer: Should you not follow the UJ application process correctly, we will not be held responsible for incomplete or unprocessed applications.
Overview of the course
The MA (Counselling Psychology) degree provides trains student psychologists in line with the Department's vision, as well as the strategic objectives of the University. In this manner, the training aims to prepare counselling psychologists to be scientist-practitioners who are ethically astute and active critical thinkers. These psychologists must be keen to apply and be aware of community values, and must hold multidisciplinary awareness when working. A key consideration is to locate theoretical and practical understandings in an intersectionality paradigm. The training has a participatory ethos where students engage dynamically and practically with facilitators and teachers who aim to incorporate innovative strategies and blended learning opportunities.
The course currently provides the following modules:
- Therapeutic Psychology: Individual Approaches
- Therapeutic Psychology: Group Approaches
- Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Psychotherapy
- Psychopathology, Psychodiagnostics and Psychological Assessment
- Integrated Professional Development
In addition to the above students are required to complete a minor research dissertation.
In 2020, the counselling psychology students are involved in providing services to PsyCAD, Headway, and Melpark Primary School, as well as the implementation of community projects.