M.Sc. in Person - Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy

General Information

In 1989, a pioneering counselling & psychotherapy training programme was designed by the Counsellor – Psychotherapist Mrs. Polly Iossifides, the Emeritus Professor of the Athens University Dr. Ioulios Iossifides, and Dr. Charles Devonshire, Clinical Psychologist – Psychotherapist and close associate of the founder of the Person – Centred counselling psychology, Carl Rogers. 
After 25 years of operation, consecutive quality controls, continuous improvement as well as certification by the British State University of Strathclyde, the particular postgraduate programme is currently considered as the most potent training for Person – Centred Counsellors – Psychotherapists.
This is certified by the confidence – development of its students and the professional success of its alumni, as well as by its formal evaluations. Particularly, Dr. Paul Wilkins, External Examiner and Professor of the British Metropolitan University of Manchester, among other things declares: “It is an excellent, well – designed and well applied programme that is delivered by a team of scientists with exceptional abilities and true devotion… One of its most impressive characteristics is the way in which students experience the theory and move from theory to practice and back...”. 
Aims of the programme
This experientia postgraduate programme aims at the development of person-centred counselling and psychotherapeutic skills for its students, with key ones: 
1. The development of self-knowledge and professional identity of the counsellor – psychotherapist
2. The cultivation of skills for the creation of therapeutic relationships by the counsellor – psychotherapist 
3. The ability to practice therapeutic counselling – psychotherapy 
4. Τhe extensive and specialised knowledge of psychopathology, moral-ethical issues, applied counselling and psychotherapy
5. The effective use of supervision 
6. The effective use of counselling in other professional fields
Completion of the programme leads to: 

1. Sequential acquisition of the  Master of Science in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy by the University of Strathclyde.
2. Total or partial fulfilment of the prerequisites for: the register in the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), the award of the Certificate of Counselling by the European Association for Counselling, as well as the title of Person – Centred Psychotherapist by the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP)  through the Network of the European Associations for Person–Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy & Counselling Therapies, (NEAPCEPC). 

Programme Structure 

The duration of the programme is three years and it consists of 6 modules which cover these 3 basic subjects: theory, practice and research. This course consists of a mostly significant experiential and practical element abiding with the educational learning principles of the College. Personal and professional development, skills training and theory complement each other thus transforming the student to a Person-Centred Counsellor and Psychotherapist. The course is delivered during group meetings and it includes lectures, students’ presentations, participation in labs and exercises, encounter groups and most importantly learning via the interaction of the training group and its members.
During the second year, the theoretical training and the personal and professional development of the students is enhanced via practice and supervision in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Year 1 - Total Credits 60
  • Theoretical Foundations in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Practice & Self-Development: Becoming a Person-Centred Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Year 2 - Total Credits 60
  • Theoretical Issues in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Professional Development in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy
Year 3 - Total Credits 60
  • Research Planning for an M.Sc.
  • Research Enquiry & Development in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Academic Assessment

Evaluation in all cycles is given on the written assignments, presentations, personal diaries, supervision feedback, etc.

Operational Characteristics

Starting Date 29 October 2016
Programme Duration 36 months
Teaching Language Greek/English
Programme Type
Flexible programme,
suitable for professional/employees 
(adult learning)
Available Places 20

Entering Criteria

1. Graduates of public or private universities from the following departments:
  • Psychology
  • Health Science (Medicine, Nursing)
  • Social Work (graduates from Greek National Highest Educational Institutions)
  • Social Work Work/Sociology/Occupational Therapy/Speech Therapy (graduates from Greek National Higher Educational Institutions)
  • Teaching and Professorial Faculties

2. Two-year professional experience or/and professional training in the fields of Psychology/Psychotherapy and Counselling is necessary for the candidates who do not hold a University degree of the above departments.


3. Age above 24 years.


4. Good command of the English language


5. In a personal interview the candidates are required to support their ability to attend postgraduate level courses and to show they have maturity, life experience and readiness for personal growth. 

Supplementary Information - Application Procedures

Further information regarding the postgraduate programme and application forms are available at:
Admissions Office - ICPS
56A Filikon Str., 121 31, Peristeri, Athens
Telephone: +,
Fax: +
Email: admissions@icps.edu.gr
Alternatively you can fill in the relevant form choosing “ Expression of Interest“ below


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