College for Humanistic Sciences - ICPS


Master in Person-Centred Psychotherapy

Course Details

Welcome to the website of the postgraduate programme in Person-Centred Psychotherapy!

The programme is offered at the College in collaboration with the School of Community Health and Midwifery of the State University of Central Lancashire and extends the range of Psychotherapy programmes we offer in Greece since 1989.

This pioneering one-year postgraduate programme combines theory, experiential education, placement and research application based on the principles of Person-Centred Psychotherapy.

Founded in the 1950s by Carl Rogers, Person-Centred Psychotherapy is the "third force" in psychology and an alternative to the other two dominant approaches of psychoanalysis and behavior therapy. "The purpose of this approach ..." Rogers said "... is not to solve a specific problem, but to help the individual develop so that he can deal with the problem himself ... It is much more based on one's tendency for growth, health and adaptation… This new treatment emphasizes the emotional elements ... rather than the mental processes ... It emphasizes the present situation rather than the person's past ... Finally, this approach emphasizes the therapeutic relationship itself as a developmental experience". Today, Person-Centred approach is recognized by all approaches as the basis of any therapeutic relationship and as synonymous with the counselling process.

The Masters in Person-Centred Psychotherapy is specifically designed to develop the skills required to apply the principles and methods of the Person-Centred Approach, both in cases of daily emotional stress and psychological distress. During the course of study, students will be trained in the basic principles of counselling and psychotherapy and subsequently in the principles of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and its application to specific population groups.
Inter alia, it covers:
  • The theory and findings that govern the application of Person-Centred  Psychotherapy to people's daily lives.
  • Development of important counselling and psychotherapy skills in order to build a successful therapeutic relationship
  • Specialized training in the approach of psychopathology from the perspective of Person-Centred Psychotherapy
  • Development of Advanced Skills in the Therapeutic Processes of the Person-Centred Approach
  • Personal development and expanded self-awareness through experiential exposure and group work
  • Specializing in cases of mourning and loss, eating disorders, family violence and conflicts, play therapy and other
  • Placement in organizations or with Professional members of Panhellenic Association of Professionals in Person-Centred & Experiential approach (PEEPVIP)
  • Training in Person-Centred Psychotherapy research protocols
Moreover, important characteristics of the programme are:
  • Postgraduate programme with international recognition from the 5th largest University of England
  • Intensive and specialized Masters in Person-Centred Psychotherapy that simultaneously offers experiential and academic education.
  • Recognition in Greece, based on the provisions of Union Law, on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications as defined by law
  • An applied programme with placement, hands-on training and observation sessions at the ICPS Specialized One-Way Mirror Psychotherapy Laboratory
  • Interdisciplinary team of trainers with experience in counselling and psychotherapy, certified by the European Association for Counselling, the European Association for Psychotherapy as well as Panhellenic Association of Professionals in Person-Centred & Experiential approach (PEEPVIP)
  • Flexible programme offered in full-time or part-time basis to be combined with other obligations.


Entry Requirements

  • University degree, preferably in Psychology or a similar field (eg medical, nursing, social worker, sociologist etc).
  • English language comprehension of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent level. Those who have completed their graduate studies in English language are exempted
  • Successful completion of the selection process (interview and psychometric evaluation).
  • Applicants who have completed a graduate research thesis will be preferred
  • Two years of working experience are desirable, but not necessary
  • Very good knowledge (at first degree level) of Research & Methodology using SPSS. (Candidate who does not cover the criteria can attend a special intensive programme at ICPS)


COurse Structure

The programme consists of three parts. The first one includes lectures, experiential workshops and practical training that develop the general principles of counselling and psychotherapy, as well as methodology and research lectures. The second part consists of specialized lectures, seminars, experiential workshops and workshops aiming at the development of expanded skills in Person-Centred Psychotherapy. At the same time, students attend special seminars on personal and professional development. The third part includes placement and the conduct of quantitative or qualitative research targeting to emerge the effectiveness of Person-Centred Psychotherapy. 

The subjects of postgraduate programme, inter alia, include:

  • Counseling and Psychotherapy in Practice: The Principles and Skills of a Successful Mental Health Professional.
  • Comparative study and understanding of psychotherapeutic approaches in the spectrum of daily challenges up to psychological maladaptation.
  • Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy: From Theory to the Applied Approach.
  • Psychopathology, Diagnosis and Person-Centred Psychotherapeutic Intervention
  • Person-Centred Psychotherapy: Chronic and Terminal Illness, Abuse, victims of sexual abuse, Disaster/War survivors etc.
  • Tools of Person-Centred Coaching and Brief Therapy in Person-Centred Approach
  • Personal development, self-assessment and supervision as professional tools
  • Principles and application of critical and systematic retrospect and research protocols applicable to Person-Centred Psychotherapy
  • Professional and ethical issues related to different contexts and differentiated groups and needs
  • International perspectives and cultural differences in the understanding of psychological difficulties and well-being
  • Work and goal achievement in interdisciplinary team


Academic Assessment:
Academic evaluation in this postgraduate programme includes a variety of methods: assignments, presentations, exams, case studies, role play, self-assessment, personal development reports, etc.

Entry Requirements

  • You will gain multifaceted knowledge, skills and experience in topics such as person-centred psychotherapy interventions in different groups of the population.
  • You will be distinguished by having one of the few Postgraduate degrees in Person-Centred Psychotherapy in Greece
  • You will contribute to the development of the Person-Centred Psychotherapy application through pioneering research
  • You will study in the highly specialized College with 30 years of experience in the field of Psychology and the body that brought and represents Person-Centred approach in Greece 
  • You will be trained by a multidisciplinary team of professionals with great experience in Counselling and Psychotherapy in Greece and abroad
  • You will be awarded worldly recognized postgraduate title that will open you doors in Greece and abroad
  • You will be a member of ICPS family, the largest psychology school in Greece in number of programmes offered and the 5th largest University of England


The programme aims at developing knowledge and skills that will make the graduate competitive not only in the Greek but also in the international labor market.

Graduates take up positions at: 

  • Mental health organizations
  • Detoxification organizations
  • Organizations supporting vulnerable groups
  • Organizations offering counselling services to vulnerable groups
  • NGO providing services to refugees
  • Schools, counselling centers and business settings
  • Human Resources management departments


Of course, another activity for graduates of the programme is the exercise of the profession by providing psychological and psychotherapeutic services. 
The programme also gives the graduate an advantage to continue his education and obtain the European Certificate of Psychotherapy from the European Association for Psychotherapy. 


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