Frequently Asked Questions about our courses
These are questions that we have fielded from many different potential students. If you want to know anything not covered by the answers below, don't hesitate to get in touch.
Covid-19 update for applicants: Applications for a September 2021 start are now open for the majority of our courses - some courses close early in the cycle and some later, please check each course page for information. Please see our Covid-19 FAQ's about how we are delivering out teaching during the pandemic.
Applications to our courses can be competitive as places are limited. Therefore we encourage you to submit your application and supporting documents as early in the recruitment cycle as you can.
Before you start your application, please check that you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course. You can find out about specific course criteria by looking on the course information pages.
All of our courses require an interview to assess personal suitability and academic achievement, where applicable. From March 2020, we are conducting all of our interviews online via our meeting platform, Zoom. Zoom is very easy to use on your laptop, PC, tablet or phone and you will be sent all the information you need from your recruitment advisor beforehand.
For full information about our application process please our page on our application journey.
No, this will be an additional cost.
The majority of our longer courses start in September apart from our CPD courses which start all year round. However, we are continually reviewing our academic processes and we can update you if we do introduce another intake in our academic year.
We do offer our CPD64 course which starts in January and September of each year.
There are different routes which you can take that will lead you to qualify as a psychotherapist these are detailed below:
PgDip Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (two years) – this can be studied for three years to MA level but this is not necessary for progression. However, if you are intending to fund the course using a postgraduate loan, then you must study the course to Masters level.
Professional qualification in either Intercultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Couples and Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (two years). Any of these three courses qualify you as a BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) accredited adult psychodynamic psychotherapist.
PgCert Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Wellbeing / Mental Health and Wellbeing: Multidisciplinary practices with young people and adults (one year – there is also the option to study this course over two years.)
On completion one of the PgCerts, you are eligible to apply for our MA in Psychological Therapies with Children, Young People and Families (two years). Once you complete this course you are qualified as a child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapist, accredited with the BPC.
PgDip in Working with Children, Young People and Families: a psychoanalytic observational approach (two years – this can also be studied for three years to MA level but this is not mandatory for progression on to the next course, although if you are intending to fund the course using a postgraduate loan, then you must study the course to Masters level). After completion of this course, you are eligible to apply to the below doctorate. After one year of this PgDip, you can also apply to the MA in the child psychodynamic pathway above, providing you have acquired 60 credits and completed a minimum of 20 hours infant observation.
ProfDoc in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (four years) – this course is full time and fully funded. On completion, you are qualified as a child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist, registered with the ACP (Association of Child Psychotherapists).
Systemic – family therapy
On completing the intermediate level, you are eligible to apply for our MA Systemic Psychotherapy (two years), which on completion qualifies you as a systemic family therapist, accredited with AFT.
If you successfully complete one of our clinical courses, including the required clinical work, you will be able to qualify as a therapist registered with one of our accrediting professional bodies.
Please see below for a list of our qualifying courses. These courses are part of a pathway, so please check the entry requirements section of the relevant course page to ensure that you fulfil the essential criteria.
- Psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapy (M80)
- Psychological therapies with children, young people and
- Systemic psychotherapy (M6)
- Intercultural psychodynamic psychotherapy (D59I)
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy with couples (D59C)
- Forensic psychodynamic psychotherapy (D59F)
- Interdisciplinary training in adult psychotherapy (M1)
We also offer an educational psychology qualifying professional doctorate:
The primary training focus of the Trust is in psychotherapy – psychoanalytic, psychodynamic and systemic practice. Our goal is that more people should have the opportunity to benefit from our approach. Many counsellors, art therapists and play therapists are interested in developing further understanding and go on to do some of our courses.
Both psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy are talking therapies which offer in-depth exploration of people’s emotional, psychological and relationship difficulties for at least a year and often longer. In psychodynamic psychotherapy people are seen once weekly while in psychoanalytic psychotherapy people are seen three to five times per week.
Counselling is usually an intervention which involves empathetic listening and guidance on particular life events or difficulties, for example bereavement or the break-up of a relationship, and can often be limited to 6 to 12 sessions. Psychotherapy on the other hand is a talking therapy for people with ongoing difficulties which affect their capacity to make the most of their lives and usually lasts for a year or more.
Many of our students see patients in their own work setting and with the agreement of their manager and the course team, this can serve as a placement. Usually it is the student’s responsibility to obtain a suitable placement that can provide a learning environment that fits with course requirements. However, guidance and support is given to students who require assistance in obtaining placements.
While students usually have the responsibility to find their own therapist, it is important to be clear of course expectations around qualification and membership of professional body before starting. Some courses have specific requirements about the professional accreditation of students’ own psychotherapists. Therefore it is important for students to be matched with an appropriately qualified psychotherapist.
Does completing one of your introductory/pre-clinical courses guarantee progression onto the next course?
While it will stand you in good stead, the completion of an introductory/pre-clinical course cannot be a guarantee of you gaining a place on the next course in the pathway. All clinical courses require an interview, and our tutors ensure that they thoroughly assess an applicant’s professional and personal suitability for both taking on further training and offering therapy to others. In some cases, applicants may be advised to have further therapy themselves, or to complete advanced work discussion, and then are encouraged to apply the following year. Of course, many people are successful in progressing on to their chosen course, but it is important to note that acceptance on to one of our courses encompasses much more than fulfilling academic requirements.
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