Bachelor of Arts in Psychosocial counselling

Undergraduate BA programme in Psychosocial Counselling
Degree (and type) of the programme: Bachelor of Arts (BA) study programme
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters), 180 ECTS
Classification: SOK: 7, EOK: 6, EOVK: first level
Mode of study: part-time studies
Place of studies: Ljubljana and Nova Gorica (study is implemented if there is sufficient number of enrolled candidates at the particular location)
Professional title: Bachelor of Psychosocial Counselling, abbreviated: BA in Psychosocial Counselling
 

Notice regarding the implementation of studies in 2020/21

According to currently valid national guidelines and recommendations for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, study at the School of Advanced Social Studies in the coming academic year (2020/21) will take place in a combined form: smaller groups of students in lecture rooms, other students via ICT and ZOOM platform. 
Lectures, seminars and other forms of organized activities of all study programs, will also be conducted remotely using the platform ZOOM. At the locations, the presence of students will be required in classes only for the activities that cannot be equivalently done using interactive technology and online platforms.
The faculty will keep students informed about the exact implementation of individual study programs and subjects.
In case of any modifications in National recommendations for the performance of studies or introduction of additional adjustments to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease, changes may occur in the study process.
 
 

Do you wish to help people in difficult life situations? Do you wish to promote personal growth and strengthen self-confidence? Do you wish to become a psychosocial consultant with a sense for the society and fellow human beings?

A graduate in Psychosocial Counselling (BA) is an expert in providing basic psychosocial counselling and non-directive therapy. This includes: counselling in difficult life situations, emotional relief, deepening insight into current problems, strengthening self-confidence, empowerment for independent problem solving, developing social skills, encouraging personal growth In order to implement such assistance students, during their studies, gain knowledge and skills to  establish  a counselling relationship, implement non-directive interview, recognize symptoms of mental disorders and refer person to the appropriate expert or the relevant institution.

The general objective of the undergraduate study programme in Psychosocial Counselling (BA) is to develop a professional competence of candidates in the interdisciplinary field of psychosocial counselling that covers basic knowledge and basic competence  for consultative work in the psychosocial field. After completing the studies in Psychosocial Counselling in the first level, the graduates can engage in creative work processes in organizations  working in the fields of social protection, education psychosocial rehabilitation, or wherever they offer different forms of psychosocial counselling, including the commercial sector, public, private or non-governmental organizations, or they can continue their studies at Masters level.

Application period: from 17. 2. –until 21. 8. 2020 and from 22. 8. until 28. 9. 2020; -> for applications up until 30.6.2020 you receive 10 % discount on tuition fee for the 1st year;

 

 

SASS may decide to have an additional deadline for filling those vacancies that remain free after the completion of the second application deadline.

ZOOM online info day 

INFO DAY DATE AND TIME LINK
ZOOM online info day for Undergraduate and Graduate programmes (Social management BSc, Psychosocial Counselling BA and MA, Social Management BA and Intercultural management MA) for Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, N. Macedonia) 20.8.2020 at 17.00h until approx.. 18.30h https://zoom.us/j/99504090834
Info day Slovenija 21.8.2020 at 17.00h until approx.. 18.30h https://zoom.us/j/91836230017
ZOOM online info day for PhD students in Serbia and N. Macedonia 3.9.2020 at 17.30h until approx.. 19.00h https://zoom.us/j/94621205995
ZOOM online info day for PhD students in Croatia 4.9.2020 at 17.30h until approx.. 19.00h https://zoom.us/j/98824192724
Info day Slovenija 18.9.2020 at 17.00h until approx.. 18.30h https://zoom.us/j/99967551083
 

 

 

 **For all international students who wish to move and study in Slovenia, SASS has connected with the biggest student work organization in Slovenia E-študentski servis (e- student service) to offer our tuition paying students an opportunity and support to study, work and live in Slovenia while being SASS students. For more information about the project "Study, live and work in Slovenia", please click HERE or contact our Students Office at referat@fuds.si or call(+386)5 907 2461
Curriculum: 

1st year

 

 

COURSE

1. SEMESTER

2. SEMESTER

ECTS

ECTS

1.

General Psychology 1

6

-

2.

General Psychopathology

5

-

3.

Introduction to Psychosocial Help

6

-

4.

Introduction to Research Methods

6

-

5.

Social Security Law

7

-

6.

General Psychology 2

-

6

7.

Special Psychopathology

-

6

8.

Sociology of Social Policy

-

6

9.

Introduction into Helth and Social Care

-

6

10.

Knowledge and Treatment Skills 1

-

6

Together

30

30

2nd year

 

 

COURSE

1. SEMESTER

2. SEMESTER

ECTS

ECTS

1.

Developmental Psychology

6

-

2.

Rehabilitation, Special and Social Pedagogy

7

-

3.

Quantitative Methodology 1

7

-

4.

Deliquency Theories and Process of Help in Community

4

-

5.

Tuition 1

6

-

6.

Theories and Models of Personality

-

6

7.

Quantitative Methodology 2

-

7

8.

Qualitative Methodology

-

6

9.

Neuropsychology and Psychotherapy

-

5

10.

Tuition 2

-

6

Together

30

30

3rd year

 

COURSE

1. SEMESTER

2. SEMESTER

ECTS

ECTS

1.

Etics

3

-

2.

Knowledge and Treament Sklills 2

9

-

3.

Psychotherapeutic Approaches

11

-

4.

Selected Topics of psychotherapy

7

-

5.

Elective course 1

-

6

6.

Elective course 2

-

6

7.

Elective course  3

-

6

8.

Tuition 3

-

6

9.

Undergraduate/Diplomathesis

-

6

Together

30

30

Elective courses

 

Course

ECTS

1.

The Development of Psychotherapeutic Approaches - Group Psychotherapy

6

2.

The Development of Psychotherapeutic Approaches - Cognitive Behavioral Approaches

6

3.

History of Psychotherapy

6

4.

Woman in Psychotherapy

6

5.

Advicing Couples

6

6.

Dying, Death and Paliative care

6

7.

Psychotherapy of Adults with Special Needs

6

8.

Suicidology

6

9.

Psychotherapy of Severe Mental Disorders and Community Care

6

10.

 Psychotherapy and Sprituality

6

11.

 Communication Training

6

12.

 Psychosocial Treatment of Addiction

6

13.

 Sport Movement Psychotherapy

6

14.

 The process of De - institucionalization

6

15.

 Supervision and Intervision

6

** Each academic year, SASS offers 3-4 elective courses from the entire set of courses, or the offered number of courses depends on the number of students enrolled.

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ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) - credit points
 

Practical training

Practical education is of great importance in the study of psychosocial counselling due to the applied orientation of the programme. SASS will organize a working or professional practice. Due to the nature of the work of psychosocial counselors, it is essential that students get in touch with practice in the work environment relatively early in the course of their studies, as this enables them to learn about the challenges, processes and modes of working that arise in this activity. Further, practical training enables them to apply the knowledge obtained during the study programme.

Enrolment conditions: 

Enrolment into the 1st year

The following individuals enrol into the first year of the Psychosocial counselling study programme (BA):

A. Anyone who has completed matura examination,

B. Anyone who has completed the vocational matura examination or final exam in corresponding programme for obtaining secondary professional education,

C. Anyone who has graduated from any 4-years secondary school programme before 01.06.1995.

Enrolment requirements are also fulfilled by those who have completed equivalent education abroad.

Selection criteria in case of limited enrolment

In the case of limited enrolment, the candidates from paragraphs A, B and C are selected according to the following criteria:

- Overall success at the final exam, vocational matura examination or general matura examination - 60% points,

- Overall score in the third and fourth year of school - 40% points.

Enrolment into a higher year (according to the criteria for transitions or under the conditions for faster progress)

Progress directly into the second year of the study programme of Psychosocial counselling (BA) is possible for:

a) Graduates who have successfully completed a post-secondary professional programme (višješolski strokovni), adopted after the 01.01.1994, if they meet the conditions for the enrolment into a Higher professional/BA study programme.

Candidates must pass the differential exams prescribed by the competent body at SASS in the range of maximum 30 credits (ECTS) on the basis of recognized differences between the two programmes. At each transition with which a candidate enrols in the second year, he/ she must necessarily complete at least the General Psychology 1 and General Psychology 2 courses.

b) Candidates who (due to transition) enrol on the basis of recognized exams previously passed in other (Bologna) study programmes of the same level.

Progress directly into the third year of the study programme Psychosocial counselling (BA) is possible for:

a) Graduates who have successfully completed post-secondary (višješolski) education programmes adopted before 01.01.1994, if they meet the conditions for the enrolment into a Higher professional/BA study programme.

b) Graduates who have successfully completed high professional (visoka strokovna) adopted before 11.6. 2004 if they meet the conditions for the enrolment into Higher professional/BA study programme.

c) Graduates of (Bologna) higher professional and university education programmes on first level, if they meet the conditions for the enrolment into Higher professional/BA study programme.

Candidates from points a), b) and c) must pass differential exams from the set of elective courses of the first and second year prescribed by the competent body at SASS in the range of maximum 45 credits (ECTS) on the basis of recognized differences between the two programmes. At transition with which the candidate enrols in the third year, he/she must complete at least the following two courses: Rehabilitation, Special and Social Pedagogy, and Neuropsychology and Psychotherapy.

d)  Candidates who (due to transition) enrol on the basis of recognized exams previously passed in other (Bologna) study programmes of the same level.

Candidates who completed the equivalent education abroad also meet the requirements to enrol into the studies. For more specific information on the enrolment of foreign citizens, please contact Students Office – referat@fuds.si

Applications for transition are processed individually according to the procedure determined by the Statute of the higher education institution.

You can find more information on differential exams at the following hyperlink.

Acquired competences: 

After completing the study programme Psychosocial Counselling (BA), graduates are qualified to provide psychosocial counselling to different populations, such as young people, the elderly, patients, migrants, people with mental health problems, drug addicts, the unemployed, homeless, offenders, workers and managers in enterprises and institutions ...

During the studies, students gain competences which enable them to perform the assigned work tasks.

General competences:

     ·        The knowledge and understanding of basic concepts and methods, acquaintance with innovations in the field of study;

     ·        Acquaintance with research methods, procedures and processes, the ability to collect and interpret data, the development of critical and self-critical assessment, the ability to apply knowledge in practice and to solve problems;

·        Development of communication skills and abilities, especially communication in an international environment;

·        Ethical reflection and commitment to professional ethics;

·        Cooperation, group work (in international environment);

·        The ability to use  sources and cite them properly;

·        The ability to document and present data to professional and the general public;

·        Critical reading of expert speech (discourse or epistemological analysis) and their effects in the context of the assistance process;

·        Sensitivity to diversity and social inequality;

·        The ability to critically reflect on theoretical arguments and deduction on specific problems in interactional, personal, cultural and social structural systems.

Course specific competences:

·        The knowledge and understanding of basic concepts and methods within the scope of social assistance in psychology, medicine and psychiatry, as well as statistics and scientific methodology;

·        The knowledge and understanding of general theoretical and clinical principles of psychotherapeutic approaches and specific ones for the selected approach;

·        The knowledge and understanding, as well as evaluation of research methods relevant for all approaches and those that are specific for the selected approach;

·        The ability to apply knowledge and methods of psycho-social counselling in concrete situations of working directly with clients;

·        The ability of argumentation and respectful discussion and problem solving;

·        The ability to autonomously use resources for learning specific contents;

·        The knowledge of group dynamics when working with a group and / or co-therapists;

·        The use of critical reflection and regular supervision to assess both one’s own work and the work of others;

·        The ability to research and reflect upon one’s personal involvement in the processes of counselling and psychosocial assistance, in which they participate;

·        The ability to take a critical attitude towards his/her own approach, to assess its limits, and to compare it with other alternative approaches;

·        The ability to understand critical evaluation of implications of cultural problems, problems of race, gender, sexual orientation in one’s counselling and psychotherapeutic work;

·        The ability to collect and interpret relevant data necessary to form critical assessment (e.g. regarding the necessary psychosocial intervention), that also consists of reflection of underlying social, professional and ethical aspects;

·        The ability of learning and professional development with a high level of autonomy;

·        The ability to recognize and take into account the context of a counselling situation, its limitations, and the capability to adapt with the right approach;

·        The ability of autonomy in  implementing individual tasks in one’s professional practice;

The ability to undertake ethical and professional responsibility to be a counsellor.

Enrolment instructions: 

Instructions for the enrolment 

Candidates can apply electronically using e-application portal eVŠ: http://portal.evs.gov.si . On the portal, candidates choose the following option: Call for enrolment of the School of advanced social studies into undergraduate study programmes (1st Cycle) in academic year 2020/21; private higher education institution.

Find detailed information about the application/enrolment procedure here

For more information contact Students office:

Phone/mobile: +386 5 907 3461

E-mail: referat@fuds.si

You can also visit our staff in person at the address Gregorčičeva ulica 19 in Nova Gorica, every Monday and Wednesday from 9.00 am to 11.00 am and every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

Open days

Open days will take place in Nova Gorica (Gregorčičeva ulica 19) and Ljubljana (Leskoškova 9e). The dates are published on the following link.

Tuition fee: 

Price: EUR 2,990.00 per year.

Terms of payment: Tuition fee can be paid as a single payment or in instalments (from 1 to 5 instalments) with the following due dates: at the time of enrolment; at the latest on 30.11.; at the latest on 31.1.; at the latest on 31.3.; at the latest on 31.5. of the current academic year.

Differential exams are additionally payable.  The price of a single differential exam is 130 EUR, and should be paid before the registration for the exam.

Mode of study: 

The higher professional programme Psychosocial Counselling (BA) is  implemented as a part-time study. 

In part-time study, the organization and timing of lectures, seminars and exercises are adjusted accordingly. For the implementation of contact hours, the faculty also applies a variety of modern forms of information and communication technology (online classroom, etc.).

A study year is generally implemented in one academic year, and it is divided into two semesters. During the semesters, students attend lectures, seminars and other forms of organized activities. Exams are generally implemented during (three) examination periods – the winter, summer and autumn examination period.

The schedule of lectures:

In Ljubljana, the lectures and seminars are generally organized in the afternoon hours during weekdays.

In Nova Gorica lectures and seminars are generally held on Friday afternoons and on Saturdays throughout the whole day.

The access to the schedule and materials is available via Web office (spletni referat) or online classroom after the candidate is enroled.

Advancing through the programme: 

To progress from the first to the second year, the student must acquire at least 45 ECTS from the first year.

To progress from the second into the third year, the student must meet all the requirements from the first year and acquire at least 45 ECTS from the second year.

Exceptionally, students can enrol in the next year, even if all the requirements set by the study programme for enrolment in the next year were not met, if he/she has justifiable reasons, such as maternity, prolonged illness, exceptional family and social circumstances, participation at top professional, cultural and sports events.

The status of the student ceases if the student:

·        Graduates /completes the studies,
·        Withdraws,
·        Is excluded,
·        Does not enrol into the following year or semester during the studies,
·        Does not graduate at the study programme of the first level within 12 months after the end of the last semester; unless the student repeated the year during the study or changed the study programme or module- then his/her status is ceased at the end of the last semester.
 

Seniority (absolventski staž), or an additional year, is a term that applies to the time after the end of the last semester, when the student may retain his/her status, if he/she did not graduate. The student asserts this right by enrolling into additional year or the Seniority. The student may use this right only immediately after finishing the last semester, provided that:

·        He/she does not graduate at the study programme of the first level within 12 months after the end of the last semester (unless the student repeated the year during the study or changed the study programme or module - then his/her status is ceased at the end of the last semester).

Recognition of study obligations

Student who has previously studied in another study programme of the same or higher level at a higher education institution in the Republic of Slovenia or abroad may, prior to the start of studies or during studies, apply for the recognition of exams which are equivalent (in content and scope) to those exams that he/she already passed. SASS many also recognize the knowledge that corresponds to the learning contents of the courses in the enrolled study programme, and has been acquired in different forms of education. Recognition of knowledge and skills acquired prior to the enrolment is decided by the course holder upon a written request of the student (completed form), attached certificates or other documents proving the successfully acquired knowledge as well as the content and scope of this knowledge and the student's input. The exam may be recognized in full, in part or is not recognized. The Commission for Study and Student affairs decides on the recognition of elective courses that are not implemented at the faculty.

Students also have the opportunity to apply for recognition of professional practice.

Knowledge assessment and grading: 

Knowledge assessment is part of the study process of teaching and learning, and it takes place during the course of the study process and after the completion of the individual courses of the study programme. At the same time, students are expected to pass ongoing activities. The intention and objective of knowledge assessment is to acquire regular and quality information about how students are achieving the planned general and course-specific competences, and obtain information on the achievement of the goals of the study programme.

The method of knowledge assessment and grading is determined for each individual course and specified in its syllabus. They are adjusted to verify the achieved objectives at individual courses, anticipated achievements of the study, and development of general and subject-specific competencies. Methods of knowledge assessment and grading vary because of different teaching methods, which ensure criteria of validity, reliability and objectivity, but also take into account the quality of the structure and organization of knowledge.

The purpose of knowledge assessment is to:

·        Assess knowledge and skills of students,
·        Assess output produced in the course of the study work,
·        Offer quality feedback on the progress and achieved results, aiming to motivate students to acquire additional knowledge and skills,
·        Enable integration into continuing education, and
·        Obtain data for the evaluation of conducted pedagogical work.
 

Criteria for knowledge assessment is based on the objectives of the study programme and anticipated achievements of students, identified in individual syllabuses. Students are informed about elements of knowledge assessment and grading criteria in written form, as part of curriculum, and at the start of each course (at the beginning of each semester). Moreover, higher education lecturer informs students on the syllabus of the course, study obligations, shares of individual components of knowledge assessment that contribute to the final grade at the course, and relevant literature.

Anticipated methods of knowledge assessment and grading are:

·        Colloquiums,
·        Oral exams,
·        Written exams,
·        Seminar papers or essays,
·        Oral presentations,
·        Practical assignments or portfolio, journals,
·        Solving real problems (case studies),
·        Projects, peer reviews,
·        Written report on professional practice,
 

Undergraduate/Diploma thesis.

Conditions for the completion of the studies: 

In order to finish the studies, student has to successfully complete all study obligations prescribed by the study programme in the range of180 credits (ECTS)

The student who enrols into the second year of the Psychosocial Counselling (BA) programme after graduating from a post-secondary professional (višješolski strokovni) study programme adopted after 01.01.1994, must complete all prescribed differential exams and regular study obligations from the second and third year in the range of minimum120 ECTS credits.

The student who enrols into the third year after graduating from a post-secondary programme adopted before 01.01.1994, must complete all prescribed differential exams and regular study obligations from the third year in the range of minimum 60 ECTS credits.

The study completes with the preparation and oral defense of the Undergraduate/Diploma thesis.

Employment opportunities for graduates: 

Opportunities for the profession: The graduate is an expert in providing basic psychosocial assistance and non-directive counselling. These includes: assistance in difficult life situations, emotional relief, deepening insight into current problems, strengthening self-confidence, empowerment for independent problem solving, developing social skills, encouraging personal growth In order to implement such assistance students, during their studies, gain knowledge and skills to  establish  a counselling relationship, implement non-directive interview, recognize symptoms of mental disorders and refer person to the appropriate expert or the relevant institution.

After completing the study programme, the graduate of the Psychosocial Counselling programme is qualified to provide basic psychosocial counselling to various populations, such as children and adolescents, the elderly, patients, migrants, people with mental health problems, addicts, the unemployed, the homeless, offenders, etc.

Psychosocial Counsellor can implement these activities in appropriate public or private institutions, non-governmental organizations or private practice.