Psychotherapeutic Propaedeutics

Psychotherapeutic Propaedeutics – (independent) part of the Psychosocial Counselling (BA) programme

Type of the programme:  (independent) part of the study programme Psychosocial Counselling (BA)
Duration: 1 year (60 ECTS)
Mode of study: Part-time study
Place of studies: Ljubljana

Do you want to gain basic knowledge or improve your knowledge of psychosocial assistance and counselling?

Do you need confirmation that the study of psychosocial counselling is really the right education for you?

Then enrol into the (independant) part of the study programme – Psychotherapeutic propaedeutics. The programme is an introduction to psychosocial counselling studies. It is indended for individuals who want to improve their knowledge of psychosocial assistance and counseling or to confirm that this is the right area where they will continue to education and work.

The general objective of the Psychotherapeutic propaedeutic program is to equipe candidates with basic knowledge in the field of psychosocial counseling that enables them to make meaningful decisions about possible further education in  this field. Students acquire fundamental knowledge and competences for continuing to study psychosocial counselling or other  related programmes.

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.



Enrolment into the Psychotherapeutic Propaedeutics

Pursuant to the Article 38 of the Higher Education Act, the following persons may enrol into the study programme Psychotherapeutical propaedeutics:

The following individuals may enrol into Psychotherapeutic Propaedeutics study programme:

  • Anyone who has completed matura examination;
  • Anyone who has completed the vocational matura examination or final exam at any secondary school programme;
  • 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.


Read the CALL FOR ENROLMENT in the study programme Psychotherapeutic Propaedeutics.

Application deadline for enrolment: To be revealed soon.

The candidate submits the application for enrolment via the online form. The application must also be printed (check and correct any errors manually – next to manual corrections please add your signature), signed and sent together with the attachments to the headquarters of the faculty: FUDŠ, Gregorčičeva 19, 5000 Nova Gorica.

Find detailed information about the application/enrolment procedure here – uredtiti še potrebno.


Price: EUR 2,990.00.

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.


The study programme for training Psychotherapeutic propaedeutic is  implemented as part-time study. When implementing part-time studies, at least one third of the organized study work provided by the programme is guaranteed. Part-time students on average realize 10 hours of organized study work in one week. The number of hours of organized study work (lectures, seminars, etc.) is lower than in the full-time study, therefore,  this mode of studies requires more independent work. 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 implemented during (three) examination periods (– the winter, summer and autumn examination period with possible pre-date for exams.

Part-time study will be implemented in the form of consultations, if less than 5 students are enroled in the year.

Lecture schedule: Lectures and seminars are organized in the afternoon during the week or on weekends. Access to the schedule and materials is available via Web office (spletni referat) or online classroom after the candidate is registered.


The study of Psychotherapeutic propaedeutic contains selected subjects from the higher education programme Psychosocial councelling.




No. of hours L*

No. of hours S*

1.General Psychology6205
2.General Psychopathology5155
3.General Psychology 26205
4.Special Psychopathology6155
5.Knowledge and Treatment Skills61015
6.Developmental Psychology6205
7.Special Psychopathology Theories and Models of Personality61510
9. Knowledge and Treatment Skills 291530
10.Selected topics of Psychotherapy71510


ECTS – European Credit Transfer System

L – Lectures

S- Seminars


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.


  • The knowledge and understanding of basic concepts and methods, acquaintance  with innovations in the field of study;
  • Ability to critically analyse, synthesize and predict solutions and consequences;
  • Acquaintance with research methods, procedures and processes, the ability to collect and interpret data, to develop 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;
  • Cooperation, group work (in international environment);
  • The knowledge and understanding of basic concepts and methods within the scope of  counselling and   psychotherapy relevant fields including psychology,medicine and psychiatry, as well as statistics and scientific methodologies;
  • The ability to apply and understand basic or general and specific concepts and methods of counselling  in concrete situations of working with clients;
  • The ability of argumentative and respectful discussion and problem solving;
  • The ability to autonomously use resources for learning specific contents;
  • The ability to recognize and take into account the context of a counselling situation, its limitations, and the capability to adapt to the right approach.

Upon completion of the study programme, students are trained to provide psychosocial counselling to various populations, such as adolescents, elderly people, patients, migrants, people with mental health problems, addicts, unemployed, homeless people, offenders, workers and leaders in companies and institutions, etc.

During their studies, students acquire competences that enable them to perform the given work tasks.


In order to complete the studies, candidate has to acquire 60 ECTS provided by the programme. The candidate receives a certificate, which is a public document, and an Appendix with the described competences and completed contents of the programme.


Students who complete the study programme for training Psychotherapeutic Propaedeutic do not acquire an academic title or any other title. The diploma however allows them to continue their study on the Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme Psychosocial Counselling or other related programmes.

Students gain knowledge that is useful for working on the field of social protection, education, health tourism, rehabilitation, programmes of psychosocial counselling, palliative care, psychosocial counselling, especially in the fast-growing service sector, in public and private non-profit organizations, international institutions (e.g. charity organizations).