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MASTER OF ARTS IN COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY

BACKGROUND

Modernization and urbanization have separated many people from their traditional support systems.  As a result, individuals are increasingly encountering alienation and the inability to cope with personal and societal demands.  Due to specters such as HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, marital problems, increasing numbers of orphans and refugees, financial crisis, redundancy and unemployment; counsellors must be readily accessible and well trained to assist people with the complex problems they face.
In addition to reactive services, there is the need to promote positive mental health practices in our communities.  Every sector can benefit from the improvement of interpersonal skills in communication, coping, and human interaction.  The M.A. Counselling Psychology programme prepares professional Counsellors who are competent to counsel, to train others in counselling and the helping professions, to research contemporary issues in psychotherapy and mental health, and to develop programmes aimed at augmenting the provision of mental health services in our communities.  It is designed to provide counsellors a firm theoretical foundation and the requisite practical skills from which to aid people from all age groups and walks of life to develop the ability to cope with the wide range of problems they face.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS     

All programme candidates must hold a second class or higher honours degree from Makerere University, or its equivalent from another recognised institution.  In addition, candidates must meet one of the following two qualifications:
QUALIFICATION 1: Graduates in psychology who wish to specialise in psychotherapy, must possess demonstrated maturity and well-developed people skills.

QUALIFICATION 2: Graduates in other disciplines must have documentation of two or more years of experience in counselling or an allied field.  Among others, these may include practising social workers and medical personnel; lawyers working with advocacy organisations such as FIDA; hall wardens; school matrons and careers teachers; religious workers such as priests, sheiks, mullahs, pastors, nuns and brothers; prison warders; human resource managers in government or private industry; guidance and counselling lecturers in National Teachers Colleges and other tertiary institutions; and those working with special needs groups such as refugees, street children, the bereaved, and victims of rape, defilement, dismemberment, unwanted pregnancy, HIV/AIDS or critical incidents and trauma.
Candidates who qualify during the initial screening may be invited to an oral interview before final acceptance into the programme.


STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme will utilise instructional techniques including lecture, role play, audio and/or video taping, and practica.  Two supervised counselling practica must be successfully completed.  The course includes four 17-week semesters of full-time study, each of which includes 15 weeks of instruction and two weeks of examination.  Recess terms will focus on original supervised research leading to production of a dissertation.

YEAR ONE, SEMESTER ONE 
Course Code Course Title Lecture Hours Prac. Hours Total Hours Course Unit
PSY 7101  Individ. Differences and Personality Psychology 
30
30
2
PSY 7102 Social Psychology 
30
30
2
PSY 7103 Human Development   
30
30
2
PSY 7104 Academic Writing and Research Methods
45
45
3
CLG 7101    Principles of Guidance   
45
45
3
CLG 7102 Theories of Counselling
45
45
3
15
YEAR ONE, SEMESTER TWO
PSY 7201 Statistics 
45
45
3
PSY 7202  Measurement and Evaluation
45
45
3
PSY 7203 Abnormal Behaviour  
30
30
2
CLG 7201 Family and Group Theory   
45
45
3
CLG 7202 Community Psychology 
30
30
2
CLG 7203 Counselling Workshop 1
45
45
3
16
YEAR ONE RECESS TERM
CLG 7301 Proposal Presentation
180
180
6
YEAR TWO, SEMESTER ONE
CLG 8101 Counselling Workshop 2 
45
45
3
CLG 8102 Psychometric Assessment 
45
45
3
CLG 8103 Internal Practicum 
45
180
45
3
15
YEAR TWO, SEMESTER TWO
CLG 8210 External Practicum 
45
180
225
9

Seminar Courses (one is chosen by each candidate):
CLG 8201  Healthy Living & Illness Counselling   
45 
45 
3
CLG 8202  CounsellingVulnerable & Delinquent Children 
45 
45 
3
CLG 8203  Biblical Counselling  
45 
45 
3
CLG 8204 Workplace Counselling 
45 
45 
3
CLG 8205  Marriage & Family Counselling    
45 
45 
3
CLG 8206  Addiction Counselling
45 
45 
3
CLG 8207  Psychosexual Issues 
45 
45 
3
CLG 8208  Child Counselling  
45 
45 
3
CLG 8209  Counselling for Disability  
45 
45 
3
15
YEAR TWO RECESS TERM
CLG 8301  Dissertation     
180
180
6