Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Arts in Counselling


Forthcoming International Conference:

8th World Conference for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling

The Centre for Counselling Studies on behalf of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling will be hosting a major International Conference from 6 - 10 July 2008 at the University of East Anglia.

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New 30 credit module available:

Creative Thinking for Research - Thinking at the Edge

The Centre for Counselling Studies are pleased to offer this 30-credit module, designed primarily for those who wish to develop their ability to think creatively about their professional work or about their research field. It may be of special interest to those working in the areas of counselling and psychotherapy, but the course is open to those with other professional interests.

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The Centre for Counselling Studies offers a wide range of training and professional development courses and is developing a research base. Since its foundation in 1992 by Brian Thorne, the Centre has achieved an enviable reputation in the field of counselling.

Programmes of study include:

Postgraduate Diploma course (accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) with the opportunity to undertake further study to gain the award of an MA in Counselling

Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Focusing

MA by Research, MPhil, PhD or EdD

The Centre works in close collaboration with the University Counselling Service and the two units have common clinical, theoretical and research interests. This collaboration makes for a rich environment for all trainees and graduate students.

Postgraduate Diploma/Master of Arts in Counselling

There are two components to this award: Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Postgraduate Diploma component runs over a period of one year and is designed to offer training of sufficient duration and depth to equip the successful course member to practise professionally in the role of counsellor. Students may opt to receive a Postgraduate Diploma after the first year or progress to the full research-based MA in Counselling.

The central theoretical model for the course is the person-centred approach developed by the late Carl Rogers. All trainees undertake a placement in the University Counselling Service and thus have the unique opportunity of theoretical, clinical and experiential study on the same campus. Further counselling opportunities are available at other counselling agencies in the city of Norwich.

The course is also unique in exploring the implications of person centred theory and practice for spiritual understanding and development. For this aspect of the course, links have been established with the Julian Shrine in Norwich, an internationally renowned centre of pilgrimage and scholarly activity.

Applicants will normally be expected to be graduates, but those with other professional qualifications or who can demonstrate appropriate academic skills will be considered. A Certificate in Counselling Skills is highly recommended.

Tuition Fees

Home/EU Students
Postgraduate Diploma: £6,130
Master of Arts: £1,100

International Students
Postgraduate Diploma: £9,500
Master of Arts: £3,167

If you wish to speak to somebody about your application please contact Jane Ramsbottom, Tel: +44 (0)1603 592656, email: or download the brochure and application form online.

Research Degrees

The Centre for Counselling Studies welcomes applications from suitably qualified counsellors, or from members of other professions who have a significant interest in counselling, to study full or part-time for an MA by Research, MPhil or a PhD. Candidates are expected to undertake advanced research on topics of their own choice and which are associated with the research interests of the staff of the Centre for Counselling Studies or the Centre for Applied Research in Education. Applicants can be accepted at any time of the year, and if successful are usually registered at the beginning of each semester.

Counsellors working within educational settings may wish to consider the Doctorate in Education programme as a possible course of study. Those undertaking advanced research in the person-centred approach may be able to undertake a placement at the University Counselling Service through negotiation with the Director.

If you would like further information please contact the Faculty of Social Sciences Admissions Office, Tel: +44 (0)1603 592807, email:

Research Interests within the Centre

Work addiction;
Spiritual dimensions in counselling;
Effective process in client-centred therapy;
Loss of academic motivation;
Role of the person-centred facilitator;
Construction of counsellor identity;
Sexuality and the counselling relationship;
Empathy training and the school curriculum;
Individual process and self-concept change during training;
Definitions of the self, including Eastern perspectives on the self;
Focusing and working with experiential process;
The impact of social environment on process and identity;
Addiction in relation to individual processes and identity;
The emotions of self-assessment, such as shame;
Buddhist approaches to psychotherapy;
The philosophical work of Eugene Gendlin;
Moments of transformation.

Staff Profiles

Dr Judy Moore
Judy Moore is Director of Counselling at UEA and Director of the Centre for Counselling Studies. She taught on the full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling course for several years and has published several articles and chapters on the person-centred approach. She is particularly interested in the question of the self and the spiritual dimension of the person.

Ian Draper
Ian Draper is a Counsellor at the University Counselling Service. He has taught on the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling course since 2001 and, prior to this, on a wide variety of counselling skills courses. He has an interest in groups and groupwork, particularly gender issues in training groups. He is also interested in counsellor training and is currently collaborating on a book on this subject.

Dr Campbell Purton
Campbell Purton is Senior Counsellor at the University Counselling Service, and Director of the Postgraduate Diploma/Master of Arts in Focusing and Experiential Psychotherapy course. He has published papers and book chapters on topics in counselling, philosophy and Buddhism. His current research interests include the nature of the emotions, concepts of the self and both the clinical and philosophical aspects of Eugene Gendlin's focusing-oriented psychotherapy.

Dr Anne Cockburn
Anne Cockburn is a Reader in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. Over the past 25 years she has been involved in a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research projects. Her research interests include teacher stress, recruitment and retention and she has recently begun to explore the use of meditation in primary teacher education.

Emeritus Professor Brian Thorne
Brian Thorne is the founder of the Centre. He is a prominent figure in the international community of person-centred practitioners and scholars and has contributed substantially to the professional literature. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and holds honorary appointments in both France and Austria. He is also a Professor of Education in the College of Teachers. He contributes to the Diploma in Counselling and is consultant to the staff group.

Associates of the Centre
Jean Ashby, Richard Baughan, Miriam Crasnow, Eamonn O'Mahony, Ruth Roberts, Sally Russell, Louise Young.


Applications are welcomed from interested people regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. All courses will make every effort to accommodate those with physical disabilities.

Other Activities

The Centre for Counselling Studies in association with the University Counselling Service offers a range of other activities of interest to counsellors and to others working in allied fields. Graduates of the Centre for Counselling Studies are invited to become members of the Associates of the University Counselling Service. The Associates host thrice-yearly public talks and sponsor other open events throughout the year such as day conferences, encounter group week-ends and workshops.

The Centre for Continuing Education offers a Certificate in Counselling Skills course.

*** Gendlin's Philosophy of the Implicit: A Process Model Colloquium (13th - 16th July 2007)***
This colloquium was held for people - psychotherapists, focusing practitioners, philosophers, students, and others who are interested in Eugene Gendlin's work on the philosophy of the implicit, and who wanted to extend or share their knowledge and understanding of this work.

*** Spirituality Conference ***
The Spiritual Dimension in Therapy and Experiential Exploration: this conference for those counsellors, psychotherapists and other professionals concerned to explore the significance of spirituality in their life and practice took place from 18th to 22nd July 2004. A post-conference website is now available for interested parties.

Useful Links

The following weblinks are recommended as a means to focusing on the person-centred approach.