Psychosocial counselling is an umbrella term. It refers to formal and informal processes of professional communication, which focus on promoting and strengthening people’s personal and social resources.
Psychosocial counselling is therefore essential task and key competence in many professional fields of social work and early childhood education.
The programme deepens practice-oriented knowledge acquired in a bachelor’s programme, in professional practice and potentially also in specific trainings. It also focusses on reflective competences, which are especially important in psychosocial counselling.
Consequently, our approach in the master's programme is to combine counselling practice with counselling research. In accordance with the spirit of a university of applied sciences, you study different topics of psychological counselling in theory and practice. Thus, as a graduate, you will have both a research as well as a (counselling) practice orientation.
The study programme teaches you competences for various areas: counselling for clients of any age as well as their relatives or even work in counselling research.
It aims at all professional fields which include psychosocial counselling, e.g.
- institutions which provide explicit or implicit counselling services (e.g. open childhood and youth work, counselling for parents, work with older people)
- counselling in cooperation with families in family centres and family education centres, day care for children, all-day schools and in the context of open childhood and youth work
- school social work
- psychosocial counselling services
- social psychiatric and sociotherapeutic facilities
- private and freelance counselling services
You could also work in institutions involved in counselling research and evaluation – e.g. in universities and institutes researching psychosocial counselling.