The Aegean College offers a high-quality postgraduate course on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Councelling skills in collaboration with the state British Canterbury Christ Church University.
The so-called “Talking Therapies” are mental health services which give patients a way to address personal problems as well as issues of thoughts, emotions, behaviour and interaction with their partners with the aim of improving their lives.
The course includes topics on individual, team, family and couples counselling and can offer participants the necessary skills to help them become professional psychotherapists specialized on cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy.
The focus is on developing their skills through both theory and practice as well as their familiarization with the different schools of counselling. A major point is to learn methods of personal and professional development centered on people.
The postgraduate course is separated in three stages and completed in two years of full-time attendance and three years of part-time attendance.
In stage 1, students familiarize themselves with the basic principles of psychopathology, neuropsychology and psychopharmacology while having the chance to support their personal development.
In stage 2, they are taught theoretical models of counselling and skills on designing research programmes and collecting and analysing data. They are also taught the basic principles of Cognitive-Behavioural approach in interdisciplinary counselling and the necessary tools and practices of Cognitive-Behavioural psychotherapy.
In stage 3, students put theory into practice using a variety of skills under supervision. They are taught how to preserve the ethical framework of right practice (BACP and HAC) and they develop communicative and reflective skills in addition to skills of writing reports and using software. Stage 3 cultivates students’ interpersonal perception.
Students have to complete 160 hours of supervised and assessed practice in a cooperative framework.
They are also obliged to undergo 150 hours of personal psychotherapy by the end of the course, regardless of the therapeutic approach.
The course is aimed at graduates of humanitarian, social and health sciences, educators of all levels, psychologists, children’s psychiatrists, social workers, speech and occupational therapists, nurses etc.
- The cognitive-behavioural model is of the mostly widespread and successfully applied methods in mental health.
- Postgraduate holders are entitled to become official members of the Greek Association for Counselling.
- Within the college premises students are provided with two fully equipped psychology laboratories, the Psychometric and Research Lab and the In-house Clinic, where they can take part in several experimental evaluations, role plays, simulated sessions etc.
- Psychology students actively participate in the events of the college’s Cinema Club, which involve watching films that are later discussed by scientists and the audience.
- Students’ practical workshop takes place in distinguished centers and clinics like Greek Alzheimer’s Society, Galenion Melathron etc.
- School courses are taught by prominent scientists and professionals in the field of mental health.
- Psychology students cooperate with students from other sectors within the scope of interdisciplinary groups of intervention.
- The Aegean College hosts events of great impact, which feature highly acknowledged people in the field of psychology, like psychiatrist-psychoanalyst Dr Matthew Yosafat.
The postgraduate Course of Counselling at the Aegean College is a full academic course lasting two years, which provides students with all the necessary knowledge and expertise required in the field.
The Aegean College has created a modern and fully equipped Laboratory of Psychometric-Neuropsychological assessment and speech therapy intervention.
The lab was designed according to most recent international education and professional standards in the fields of Psychology and Speech Therapy. It is a place of simulating actual research and professional conditions. It includes a one-way window and audio-visual communication through CCTV in special rooms. This way students are able to monitor sessions carried out by experienced professors and professionals, supervised by the teaching staff of the college.
The lab also has a wide variety of psychometric tools of evaluation and intervention material. Besides watching, students take on tasks under their teachers’ supervision so that they gain valuable experience. They all have the opportunity to put theory into practice and are asked to cooperate in order to comprehend the function of an “interdisciplinary group of intervention” in compliance with the most state-of-the-art models of intervention in the health sectors.
On completion of the course graduates can work as:
- counsellors and therapists either in public services that offer counseling and psychological or social support or as freelance professionals.
- as supervisors of new counselors and therapists.