Which courses are affected?
· Postgraduate Certificate in Person Centred Counselling Skills
· Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills
· Postgraduate Certificate in Focusing Oriented Therapy
· Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited)
· MA in Counselling
The Postgraduate Certificate courses are part time and normally one year in duration, with students completing their courses by October 2017.
The Postgraduate Diploma is normally one year in duration, with students completing by October 2017. Those students who wished to do so and who meet the progression criteria, have transfered onto the MA in Counselling and complete Year 2 of the MA in 2017/18.
The MA in Counselling is a two-year course. Students have progressed to Year 2 in 2017/18 and will complete their course in October 2018.
Why are the courses being withdrawn?
The decision to withdraw the counselling courses was taken following a comprehensive review of the programme, which included the exploration of a number of options.
The decision to withdraw the counselling programme was not taken lightly and does not reflect a negative view of the value of counselling to the wider community. Rather it reflects the School of Education and Lifelong Learning’s need for greater alignment of its courses and a more coherent portfolio of activity centred on the teaching of Education theory and practice.
What happened to current students?
We wrote to all current students and held meetings with groups of students to explain what was happening and how they would be affected. All current students were able to complete their course.
Has the withdrawal of the courses affect the counselling services available to UEA students from Student Support Services?
The counselling courses were separate from the UEA Counselling Service operated by Student Support Services. The UEA Counselling Service was not directly affected by this decision.
Some students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling had placements with Student Support Services. The links between the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and the UEA Counselling Service were considered as part of the review, with the views of the Director of Student Services and the Head of Wellbeing being considered as part of the decision making process. The view was that a decision to withdraw the PGDip in Counselling would not have a detrimental impact on the UEA Counselling Service and the support that it offers students and staff. These support services are routinely reviewed and adjusted to take account of requirements and the best way of supporting these. Plans separately under consideration will shift the service towards different models of delivery, reflecting developments in counselling and the requirements for services to deliver evidence-based, cost-effective approaches.
The proposed changes will enhance Wellbeing Service provision, continuing to offer counselling alongside other modes of delivery. These changes would have resulted in further reductions in the number of placements available to PGDip students.
UEA's official statement can be found here.