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Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (PDC).

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.


CURRICULUM
a) Duration of the Programme
The PDC programme is one year of intensive full-time study, which includes a supervised practicum.  The academic year is comprised of two 17-week semesters of full-time study.  Each semester will have 15 weeks for lectures followed by two weeks for examinations.
b) Structure of the Programme
The programme will utilise several relevant instructional techniques, including lecture, role play, audio and/or video taping, and practicum.

YEAR ONE, SEMESTER ONE 
Course Code Course Title Lecture Hours Prac. Hours Total Hours Course Unit
PSY 6101  Individ. Differences and Personality Psychology
30
30
2
PSY 6102 Social Psychology 
30
30
2
PSY 6103 Human Development   
30
30
2
CLG 6101 Principles of Guidance
45
45
3
CLG 6102  Theories of Counselling  
45
45
3
CLG 6103 Counselling Workshop
30
60
3
 
15
YEAR ONE, SEMESTER TWO
CLG 6201  Family and Group Theory
45
45
3
CLG 6202  Community Psychology
30
30
2
CLG 6203 Internal Practicum
45
180
225
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Seminar Courses (one or more is chosen by each candidate):

CLG 6201 Healthy Living & Illness Counselling
45
45
3
CLG 6202 CounsellingVulnerable & Delinquent Children
45
45
3
CLG 6203 Biblical Counselling
45
45
3
CLG 6204 Workplace Counselling
45
45
3
CLG 6205 Marriage & Family Counselling
45
45
3
CLG 6206     Addiction Counselling
45
45
3
CLG 6207 Psychosexual Issues      
45
45
3
CLG 6208  Child Counselling     
45
45
3
CLG 6209      Counselling for Disability  
45
45

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