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At a glance
Form: part-time
Duration: 6 semesters
ECTS: 180 ECTS
Fee: € 5.000,- per semester
Course language: German
Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Study places 2016: 20
Selection process: interview

Psychotherapy and Counselling Sciences bachelor programme

The innovative design of this part-time degree programme sets new standards in the teaching of psychotherapy and counselling sciences. A psychotherapy foundation course covering the topics specified in the Austrian Psychotherapy Act (Psychotherapiegesetz) forms a key part of the curriculum. The programme gives students the academic background required for entry into the further education becoming a psychotherapist and paves the way for specialist training as outlined in section 6-7 of the Act. Graduates will also have the qualifications needed for supplementary training in counselling professions such as social work, mediation, and life and social counselling.

This unique programme – the first of its kind to be offered in Lower Austria – highlights Karl Landsteiner University’s commitment to providing high-quality, theory-driven and research-based education with the aim of satisfying the rising demand for counsellors and psychotherapists. This demand reflects the increase in cases of mental illness. After completing a subsequent master degree programme, in the medium term students will be in a position to study for a doctorate.

Curriculum

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Sciences bachelor programme has been designed with the objectives of the Bologna process in mind. The programme paves the way for specialist training in psychotherapy and gives students the academic background required for entry into the profession.

Courses cover the basic skills required by psychotherapists under the Psychotherapy Act, as well as providing students with expertise in academic principles, knowledge of key methods and professional qualifications. There is also a focus on developing vital communicative, social and systemic abilities. Interdisciplinary training that equips students to handle gender, cross-cultural and ethical issues rounds out the curriculum.

The psychotherapy foundation course gives students first-hand experience of the counselling profession. Some courses feature blended learning, combining compulsory class teaching with e-learning elements. The academic focus in the first part of the programme lays the foundations for the research-led specialist training which students usually move on to after completing their bachelor degree.

According to the Psychotherapy Act, students must be aged at least 24 before beginning the second part of their education (specialist psychotherapy training) at a recognised higher education institution. Practitioners must be aged 28 or older to be included in the Austrian register of psychotherapists. In keeping with these regulations, applicants to the Psychotherapy and Counselling Sciences bachelor programme must be at least 21 years old.

Thanks to the effective combination of various types of course, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Sciences programme provides students with expert know-how, as well as training in the academic application and practical implementation of such expertise.

Assessment

The written and oral examinations at the end of the programme relate to the topic covered in the bachelor thesis.
 

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