The Masters of Arts in Community-Based Counselling Psychology (MACC) degree extends over not less than two academic years of full-time study. It comprises two parts: a coursework component and an internship. In order to graduate, candidates also need to have successfully completed a research report.
During the first year (M1) students complete the coursework component and begin the research report. The coursework component consists of a theoretical and practical programme run by the School of Human and Community Development.
The first year comprises the following modules:
Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy
The aim of this module is to train professionals who are skilled in the theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy within the South African context. A further aim is to develop effective counselling skills and knowledge, as well as personal and professional awareness within the community context.
The aim of this module is to equip students with the relevant theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to develop and implement interventions that will enhance the psychosocial well-being of particularly marginalised communities. Students will attend seminars in order to explore theoretical and applied issues relevant to community psychology. Students will also participate in one of a number of community projects and will participate in regular community psychology supervision.
The aim of this module is to train professionals skilled in assessment within the South African context. The module will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of psychological assessment. The core competencies of this course are aligned with the competencies required by the Professional Board. This module aims at enhancing the ability of learners to carry out professional psychological assessments and to develop skills in assessment practice management and referral expertise.
The Theory and Practice of Psychopathology in Context
Identification, application, understanding and critical evaluation are the cornerstones of this course. The course consists two components: a theoretical introduction followed by an applied component, both of which are driven by these guiding principles. This module aims to enhance the ability of students to:
Research Workshops and Seminars
This module aims to enhance the ability of learners to do research and complete the research report that forms part of their degree. By the end of this module, learners should:
Seminars in Professional Psychology (SPP)
Seminars in Professional Psychology (SPP) is a co-ordinated programme which combines the resources of Clinical Psychology, Community-Counselling Psychology and Educational Psychology. Trainee-psychologists from each of these programmes come together for a variety of seminars and workshops in the areas of psychotherapy, psychological assessment and research. The incorporation of a joint seminar programme within each specific training has many advantages. For example:
SPP provides a forum for three different purposes:
The module structure is designed to reflect the links between and integrations of specific programmes while at the same time emphasizing each programme?s specific areas of specialization. The Psychotherapy and Assessment modules have both SPP and programme-specific input. This means that trainee-psychologists will attend seminars within their own area of specialization as well as with students from other sub-disciplines. The Research component will be SPP-based.
The second part (usually the second year or M2) of the degree involves a counselling internship of twelve months duration, at an internship site approved by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).
During their first year in the program each student will identify an area of interest in the fields of community psychology or community-bases counselling psychology. This module was developed to foster critical, cultural reflection-in-context and a deeper understanding of its implications for action within a developing framework for community psychology in South Africa. Students will work in supervision to design, conduct and write their research. This component counts 50% towards the degree.
Application closing date (for study in 2015): 6 June 2014
Dates for selection week: 29 July to 1 August 2014
Applicants must complete the university online Postgraduate application form.
Please also submit the Course Application Form to the Department of Psychology (See below). Be sure to enclose official university transcripts and one passport/ID sized photograph with your applications.
In addition, please choose two referees from people acquainted with your academic and/or professional performance. Choose people who have an understanding of the needs of the profession. Ask them to complete and send the referee’s reports to the Department of Psychology, to arrive before the closing date.
Incomplete or late application forms will not be accepted, nor applications sent to the Faculty.
Departmental Application form and referees’ reports should be sent to:
Ms. Mmopiemang Sesing-Letsike
M.A. Community-Based Counselling Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of the Witwatersrand
Private Bag 3
Be sure to Mark the envelope “MACC Application”
Click here to download the MACC Psychology application form
Click here to download the MACC course information booklet
Click here to download the MACC confidential referee's report form