DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOTHERAPY

(EQUIVALENT TO LEVEL 5)

Integrative Course

YEAR 1

Foundation = 120 hours (40 x 3 hours)

Part 1 – History and Development of Three Schools of Psychotherapy

  • Psychodynamic (developmental)
  • Humanistic (inc Transpersonal)
  • Behavioural (inc Cognitive and Neurological)

Psychodynamic

  • Freud – Psychoanalysis
  • Melanie Klein – Kleinian
  • Winnicott
  • Adler – Tree of Life
  • Erick Erickson – 8 stages of Development
  • Bowlby – Attachment & Loss
  • John Bradshaw – Inner Child

Transpersonal

  • William James
  • Jung
  • Wilber
  • Grof

Humanistic

  • Rogers – Person Centred
  • Fitz Perls – Gestalt
  • Yalom – Existential
  • Gendlin – Focusing

Cognitive Behavioural & Neurological

  • Transactional Analysis – Berne
  • Behaviourism – Skinner
  • CBT – Padesky 5 Areas Approach
  • NLP & Hypnosis – Bandler
  • Solution Focused – Wittgenstein and de Shazer

Part 2 Beginning Practice

  • Supervision
  • Revisiting Safeguarding
  • Revisiting Ethics and Legal Requirements
  • Record Keeping

Part 3 Applying Theory to Practice through study of key presenting issues

  • Relationship & Loss
  • Self harm & Suicide
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress and Problem Solving

YEAR 2

Year 2 – Counselling Diploma – 120 hours (40 x 3 hours)

Part 1 Clinical Practice

  • Psychopathology
  • DSM V
  • Trauma
  • Sexual Abuse

Part 2 Specialist Areas

  • OCD
  • Eating Disorders
  • Relationships & Couples Therapy
  • Working with Adolescents

YEAR 3

1 year part time (120 hrs)

This course is for those who have already completed training equivalent to level 3 & 4 and in many cases will complete the 450 hours of study needed to work toward accreditation.

Course content is primarily experiential and divided into 2 sections:

Part 1

Experiential & Self Growth (TOTAL 30 weeks)

Weekly Journal (800 – 1500 words)

  • Creative Interventions – getting out of our chairs, taking risks within safe boundaries, venturing outside, artwork, sand-tray, balancing being present with creative intervention, movement
  • Dream Work- accessing the unconscious, dream symbology, meaning making, interpretation, lucid & precognitive dreams, visualisation, the waking dream
  • The Saboteur – what gets in the way of recovery? Meeting the saboteur, saboteur as shadow, saboteur as guide
  • Body work- releasing trauma from the body, reiki / energy medicine, breath & sound, metaphor & abstract exploration, feedback & interpretation from the body, ideas about dissociation
  • Deepening relationship & other ways of ‘knowing’, intuition, inspiration, felt sense
  • Mindfulness & Yoga – increasing awareness of self & being here now
  • Consciousness & emerging neuroscience – how do our fundamental beliefs and perspectives inform and/or impede our work, exploring unfamiliar territories and ‘anomalous phenomena’, ‘mind’ vs brain, employing mind to change behaviour

Part 2

Research & Development (total 10 weeks)

Dissertation 5000 words (OR 3000 + Practical or Presentation)

• Contributing to the field – why is this important? Ways of contributing

• Qualitative research; explanation, ethics, research questions, literature review, gathering data, analysis & presentation, conclusions – 6 weeks

Term 1

Beginnings & creating the container – 1 week

Creative intervention 4 weeks

  • getting out of our chairs, taking risks within safe boundaries, venturing outside
  • artwork & sand-tray
  • balancing being present with creative intervention
  • the value of physical movement

Dream work 4 weeks

  • Jung vs contemporary theorists & accessing the unconscious
  • dream symbology, meaning making & interpretation
  • lucid & precognitive dreams
  • using dreams in healing; visualisation & the waking dream

Research part 1 3 weeks

  • adding to the field through qualitative research
  • ethics
  • the literature review and defining your research question

Term 2

Resistance 4 weeks

  • resistance – what gets in the way of recovery?
  • meeting the saboteur
  • saboteur as shadow
  • saboteur as guide

Trauma & Body work – releasing trauma from the body 4 weeks

  • reiki / energy medicine; feedback from the body
  • breath & sound
  • metaphor & abstract exploration
  • ideas about dissociation

Research part 2 – 3 weeks

  • discussing your research questions, participants & ethical issues
  • your abstract, gathering the data & data analysis
  • presentation, theories & conclusion

Deepening relationship 2 weeks

  • other ways of knowing
  • intuition & anomalous phenomena in the therapy room

Term 3

Deepening relationship – 2 weeks LB – 2 weeks

  • power dynamics in relationship
  • working with the right-use of power

Mindfulness 2 weeks

  • focused attention
  • yoga & movement

Research part 3 2 weeks

  • 1:1 tutorials
  • group tutorial & supervision

Consciousness 4 weeks

  • the impact of personal belief & perspectives on meaning making, analysis and experience
  • contemporary views
  • mind vs brain
  • the possibility of change

Research part 4 2 weeks

  • final tutorials
  • presenting your work

Transformation & Ending 3 weeks

  • reflecting & feedback
  • where are you now?
  • what’s next?