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Master of Science in Counselling and Social Work


Overview

The Master of Science in Counselling and Social Work programme prepares Social Practitioners for excellence in the fields of Counselling and Social Work. The courses in the programme cover issues related to the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of various conditions and they offer participants opportunities to undertake research and practicum in related institutions. The programme is ideal for Practitioners who desire advanced clinical competencies and skills to meet the needs of a growing body of individuals who are faced with social, emotional and psychological challenges. Graduates of this programme will be highly motivated to revolutionize the fields of Counselling and Social Work and provide services which will help the population to lead more meaningful lives.


Programme Outcomes


Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:

  • Effectively engage in psychotherapy with individuals and groups
  • Use knowledge and skills gained through research, lectures, seminars and practical experiences to implement counselling programmes in schools and communities
  • Implement programmes, in conjunction with the legal, health and education sectors, to address the emotional, physical, social and financial needs of clients
  • Provide leadership to schools and community agencies in the areas of child development through professional development workshops, seminars and conferences
  • Model high levels of professionalism through effective communication, team work and confidentiality.
Mode of Delivery

The programme is delivered face-to-face.

Duration of Study & Credit Load

The programme is scheduled to be completed in twenty-four (24) months. Participants will complete 58 credits.


Entry Requirements


In order to pursue the Master of Science in Counselling and Social Work, candidates must:

    Either:

  1. Satisfy the School’s requirements for normal matriculation:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Counselling or Social Work from an accredited institution
    • A GPA of at least 3.0
    • Note: Depending on the results of the transcript review, participants may be required to complete pre-requisite courses in Counselling and/or Social Work.

  2. OR

  3. Satisfy the School’s requirements for lower level matriculation

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a related area. Entry via lower level matriculation is subject to evaluation/approval by the Academic Board and the candidates may be offered provisional entry until pre-requisite courses have been completed.
    • A GPA of at least 3.0
    • Prospective students will be interviewed by a panel from the Graduate School of Education as part of the application process.


Courses in the Programme


Prerequisites
  • PGGC3101 Group Guidance and Group Counselling (0 Credits)
  • PSCS2101 Skills in Counselling (0 Credits)
  • PTTQ2101 Theories and Techniques in Counselling (0 Credits)
  • PAPC4101 Abnormal Psychology (0 Credits)
  • PSPS4101 Social Psychology (0 Credits)
  • OFSC1101 Foundations of Sociology (0 Credits)
  • RCED4101 Caribbean Economic Development (0 Credits)
  • ZPAS5101 Psychometrics and Assessment (0 Credits)
Year 1 Semester 1

ZLST6101 Learning Strategies (0 Credits)

ZELI1102 Ethical and Legal Issues in Mental Health (3 Credits)

ZRMT6101 Research Methods (3 Credits)

ZSFW5101 Foundations of Social Work (3 Credits)

Year 1 Semester 2

ZBLC5101 Basic Counselling Laboratory (3 Credits)

ZCPP1102 Child Psychopathology (3 Credits)

ZCSW1101 Community Social Work (3 Credits)

Year 1 Semester 3

ZACT5101 Advanced Counselling Techniques (3 Credits)

ZGTC5101 Grief/Trauma Counselling (3 Credits)

ZACD2101 Addiction Counselling (3 Credits)

Year 2 Semester 1

ZACL6101 Advanced Counselling Laboratory (3 Credits)

ZAPP6101 Adult Psychopathology (3 Credits)

ZPRC5101 Practicum (10 Credits)

ZTRP5101 Thesis (6 Credits)

Year 2 Semester 2

TBA Advanced Clinical Assessment (3 Credits)

ZFMT5101 Family Therapy (3 Credits)

Year 2 Semester 3

ZSPA5101 Social Policy & Administration (3 Credits)