School of Education

MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Experiential Practice Learning Methods

At Nottingham, we are committed to creating a safe, engaging and inclusive learning environment in which you are able to grow as a person and a professional. Classes are characterised by experiential learning activities, critical engagement with theoretical perspectives, and opportunities to reflect and share participants' unique perceptions of issues and events.

Classes are organised to provide multiple opportunities for learning through small, medium and large group activities, so that you have a range of spaces in which to express your feelings, thoughts and experiences.When this works well, you will develop your understanding of each other as individuals. Over time, trust in the group process reduces fear of failure or exposure, so you can move beyond your comfort zone and try out new ways of learning and being in relationships with others.

Thus, robust relationships between students, and staff and students become the vehicle for learning and growth, and the classroom becomes a laboratory for learning how to become fully human and fully present to oneself and to others. The course therefore relies on your willingness to play an active part in the course learning community.

This learning community approach requires you to:

  • acknowledge that being a counsellor is a way of being rather than a set of competencies
  • recognise that the course provides a unique opportunity to practice 'being' and 'becoming', not only in class but in all interactions and behaviours with staff, peers, administrators, personal counsellors and placement agencies

Therefore you will need to be:

  • aware that learning is an active process, requiring support from others, courage and humility
  • responsible for engaging with any preparatory readings or activities in order to fully participate in class activities
  • committed to arriving on time, ready and willing to learn and to support others with their learning
  • willing to ask for help, request specific information, express personal opinions and share personally meaningful stories relevant to the situation
  • available to receive feedback from others to promote your personal growth and development
  • willing to offer feedback to others in order to support their learning and growth, and to learn from feedback on their interpersonal skills
  • mindful about sharing space across the learning community over a period of time
  • committed to ensuring that assessments are completed on time and negotiated with academic tutors
  • ready to initiate opportunities for development and growth in collaboration with others


School of Education

University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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