Counselling and Coaching

The UK Bachelor Degree Program "Psychological Consulting and Coaching" is delivered in partnership with Coventry University (UK) and the RANEPA Institute of Social Sciences.

The program “Psychological Consulting and Coaching” embraces the best practices of Russian and international experience in training qualified professionals in psychologist specialties.

The programme rests on the latest advances in psychological (in particular, cognitive) science and practice. It also embraces current trends in IT and neurotechnologies development.

Program graduates can be successful in a variety of careers related to practical psychology, they can apply their knowledge and skills in counseling and psychotherapeutic activities, coaching, organizational consulting for managers, corporate training, and career counseling.
Our students are united by their interest in people, their efforts to understand how “the feelings and thoughts of people are arranged.” Each student has his/her own mindset and vision of how the society functions. However, what matters most is that they care about what happens to “others”, which is a rare quality nowadays. Many of our students are willing to help people cope with life difficulties and problems at the most professional level rather than in a simple everyday conversation. To help others efficiently and professionally, our students study various advanced techniques and approaches of psychological counseling.
Elena Akhunzyanova, lecturer of the Bachelor Degree program Psychological Counseling and Coaching; she conducts counseling and psychotherapy classes as part of work placements and practical trainings.

Peculiarities of UK Bachelor Degree Programs

  • Graduates receive a MSSES state diploma, a RANEPA state diploma, a European transcript of academic record as a supplement to the RANEPA diploma, a diploma from Coventry University, UK;
  • Some disciplines are taught in English;
  • Annual international internships and summer schools (language and professional schools);
  • Compulsory study of two foreign languages starting from the first year;
  • Flexible customized academic programs;
  • Development of critical thinking and academic writing skills in Russian and English;
  • Opportunity to continue education at Master Degree programs in the MSSES, RANEPA, international universities;
  • Access to a unique library;
  • Students accommodation in the on-campus hotel and residential complex.

In general, the primary focus of the program is to train practical psychologists. Additionally to specialized disciplines such as “General Psychology” and “Anatomy and Physiology of the Central Nervous System”, each semester starting from the first year of study, we have discipline introduction courses delivered as trainings, where learn to establish and maintain “psychologist-client” communication. We also have regular classes with our tutor who monitors the “microclimate” in our group and addresses issues related to the educational process.
Tatiana Pavlova, student of the Bachelor Degree program Psychological Consulting and Coaching
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During our classes we try to add more intragroup interactions, even at lectures - we discuss pressing issues of social psychology, we discuss, compare advantages and disadvantages of different approaches, give examples of scientific experiments and also examples from everyday life, discuss methods of practical work and much more
Marianna Sachkova, lecturer of the Bachelor Degree program Psychological Consulting and Coaching, leader of the Social Psychology discipline
  • Command of two foreign languages
  • International internships
  • Compulsory independent academic and experience-oriented projects
  • Network of professional contacts
  • Practical trainings

Most of the students are self-motivated, interested and curious. I am pleased with a good level of English proficiency, which means that we can recommend reading the most recent publications (scientific experimental articles and textbooks), which have not yet been translated and presented in Russia.
Marianna Sachkova, lecturer of the Bachelor Degree program Psychological Consulting and Coaching, leader of the Social Psychology discipline

Training Program

General disciplines:
  • Foreign Language
  • Second Foreign Language
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Academic Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Economy
  • Law Studies
  • Physical Culture and Sport
  • Life Safety

  • Academic Disciplines:
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Central Nervous System
  • General Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychology
  • Psychophysiology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Differential Psychology
  • Psychodiagnostics and the Fundamentals of Psychometrics
  • Disciplines of Specialized Training:
  • Fundamentals of Coaching
  • Consulting and Coaching: Models and Approaches
  • Psychological Consulting Techniques
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • Career Management
  • Advanced Applied Psychotechnology
  • Fundamentals of Social and Psychological Training

  • Personal Effectiveness Disciplines:
  • Psychological Effect Technologies
  • Time Management Technologies
  • Public Speaking and Presentation

  • Specialized Disciplines:
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Ergonomics and Usability
  • Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
  • Psychology of Problem Solving
  • The Psychology of Leadership and Power
  • Disaster Management Psychology
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Fundamentals of Psychiatry
  • Psychosomatics

  • Research-Related Trainings:
  • Psychology Case Study
  • Information Technology in Psychology and the Fundamentals of Programming
  • Mathematical Methods in Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Disciplines Delivered in English:
  • Academic writing
  • Professional Experience 2: Organisational Context of Practice
  • Assessment Technologies
  • Counselling and Coaching for Education, Employment and Training
  • Interpersonal Skills and Communication 
  • Experimental Research 
  • Introduction to Neuroscience and Neuropsychology
  • All lectures are followed by practical seminars, moreover, to get prepared for the seminars we read original texts and analyze them in details with our lecturers who also refer to real cases from practice to ensure better understanding. And if you feel especially interested in any topic, then they advise reading good supplementary literature, which we can also discuss later on.

    Regarding books: at the Academic Reading course taught during the second semester, we studied three books by absolutely wonderful authors who made an invaluable contribution to our understanding of mental processes.

    During the first year, we also completed three small projects works that served as an introduction to serious academic research. We were not limited in the choice of the topic, and everyone decided for himself/herself which topics to explore and which hypothesis to develop as a framework for his/her work.
    Tatyana Pavlova, student of the Bachelor Degree program Psychological Consulting and Coaching

    Independent Research

    An obligatory part of the training relates to writing independent academic and applied course papers. Students of the program have already conducted researches as follows:
    • The Effectiveness of Drawing Techniques in Psychological Counseling;
    • Contribution of Tolerance to Uncertainty and Actualization of Assessment of Physical Appearance to Body Satisfaction;
    • The Influence of Affection Style, Degree of Understanding, Emotional Attractiveness and Respect of Partners on Potential Infidelity in Romantic Relationships;
    • Predictors of Self-Damaging Behavior in Adolescents;
    • Cross-cultural Aspects of Parent-Child Relations in Present-Day Families with Adolescents;
    • The Influence of Emotions on Efficiency of Mental Functions;
    • Impact of Preceding Motor Activity on Formation of the Initial Representation.

    International Internships

    Language internships: English summer schools
    Summer schools for studying the second foreign language


    Professional Internships Summer School of Practical Psychology at Coventry University, UK (3rd year of study)
    Professional Internships (University of Perugia (UNIPG), Italy
    The internship includes lectures in English from leading psychologists of UNIPG and RANEPA, round table discussions, trainings, joint project activities of RANEPA and UNIPG students facilitating international cooperation, and sightseeing tour as part of an excursion program that creates an all-consuming medieval atmosphere Italy (robust building walls, high stone arches on narrow cobbled streets, ruins of a defensive fortress and architectural facilities of the 5th century help to immerse into the country's historical past). Perugia is located in the center of Italy and is the capital of the Umbria region located in the mountainous part of Italy, so interns can also visit cities such as Florence and Rome.

    Practical Training and Work Placement

    During the training, students take part in practical training and familiarize themselves with the main aspects of a psychologist career, which allows them to master the professional tools essential for successful work. The practical training starts during the 2nd year and continues throughout the training program.

    Work Placement Available for Students:

    • Russian Society of Psychosomatics, a center for advanced practical psychology studies
    • Psychological Service, psychological assistance and support services for RANEPA students, lecturers, and staff
    • Technologies and Solutions, a consulting company specializing in HR training and development
    • Training Center of INCOM-Nedvizhimost, an HR selection and training center
    • Sreda Obucheniya, an educational institution of higher education and advanced professional training specializing in online education
    • Neurodata Lab, an international company and laboratory of affective technologies
    • Cognitive Research R&D Laboratory, a research laboratory of the Faculty of Psychology specializing in advanced fundamental and applied psychological research
    • Krasnaya Presnya School No. 1241, Moscow state budgetary educational institution, an educational complex that includes preschool and school education

    Alumni Career Paths


    Program graduates can be successful in a variety of careers related to psychology: 

    - Consulting psychologist
    - Family counselor
    - Psychotherapist
    - Coach
    - Management consultant
    - Corporate trainer (HR training specialist)
    - HR specialist
    - Educational psychologist
    - Developmental education specialist
    - Psychological neurodiagnostics specialist and correctional treatment specialists
    - Research scientist



    Employment Options:

    - Psychological centers
    - Centers for psychological training
    - HR departments (specialists in human resource management)
    - Research centers
    - Departments of psychological support in large organizations
    - Educational institutions

    Key Skills Mastered by our Alumni:

    • Analysis of psychological properties and states, characteristics of mental processes;
    • Psychological and neuropsychological diagnostics;
    • Psychological counseling and therapy for adults and children;
    • Coaching sessions (improving technical, professional, business, leadership, and other skills);
    • Developing and delivering training programs;
    • Personal career counseling;
    • Addressing problems of personal growth;
    • Implementing programs aimed at preventing deviations in social and personal status and development, professional risks in various activities;
    • Psychological assistance and support of an individual, group, organization;
    • Team work in Russian and international research teams.

    In Shaninka students are delicate, inquisitive, indecently intelligent, open to new experience, with insatiable thirst for new knowledge and impressions, with an excellent sense of humor and, most importantly, with a feeling that their possibilities are unlimited! I am wondering if Shaninka attracted them or made them like that. But it is not important. For me, being lecturer, the most important thing is that it is incredibly interesting to work with the “local” students. I would like to share with them the most useful and important knowledge and skills available in the modern psychology. This also makes me strive to become better every day.
    Kristina Ivanenko, Candidate of Psychological Sciences, Associate Professor at the MSSES Faculty of Psychology

    Contact Us

    Телефон: +7 495 642 92 46
    +7 968 825 85 57,
    e-mail: soboleva.dk@gmail.com

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