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MSc Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy

This course will provide you with a strong knowledge base and the expertise to practise as an integrative psychotherapist with a broad range of clients in a variety of settings.

Validated by Middlesex University

Programme Leader: Professor Maria Gilbert

This programme offers postgraduate training in Integrative Psychotherapy leading to a Diploma and/or MSc. It also leads to registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the EAP (European Association for Psychotherapy).

The total length of this programme is five years. This covers Diploma Years 1 and 2 which are part of the Metanoia diploma and gain the student entry to the Middlesex MSc. This is then followed by MSc Years 1 and 2 and a 3rd MSc year for writing up the dissertation and completing the viva. Students are required to complete the MSc within five years of entering MSc Year 1: Middlesex fees will be payable in years 1 and 2 and years 4 and 5 (not in year 3 when the dissertation would usually be written up and the viva completed).

Diploma years 1 and 2 are an essential part of the course and serve as the basis for the Master’s programme which is entered into in the third year after the successful completion of these two years. Students cannot register for the MSc until they have completed these two diploma years. The Clinical Diploma in Psychotherapy and the MSc cover the same content, number of written projects per year, and have the same requirements in terms of personal therapy, clinical work and clinical supervision. All the written work is double marked. Some students elect to do the Diploma only which leads to UKCP registration as does the combined MSc/Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy which also carries the Master’s Degree.

Philosophical basis of the MSc Course

We start from the position that psychotherapy is the considered and intentional use of relationship, grounded in the therapeutic alliance, in the service of the goals of the client. We view the psychotherapeutic relationship as a co-constructed endeavour in which both the client and the therapist are active partners. Given the centrality of the intentional use of the relationship and of the self of the psychotherapist in contributing to successful outcomes, we put emphasis on self-reflexive practice, self-understanding, interpersonal encounter and a sensitivity to attunement, mis-attunement and repair in maintaining an effective therapeutic relationship. By co-creating and maintaining a clearly formulated and secure therapeutic alliance, practitioner and client alike are enabled to focus upon complex interpersonal and intrapersonal issues. From this intersubjective perspective we focus on both the explicit verbal levels of communication and the implicit, non-verbal levels of relating; on the conscious and non-conscious dimensions of communication. We view the change process as happening at the complex interface of these overlapping dimensions of experience. In the words of Allan Schore (2012) we regard psychotherapy as not solely the ‘talking cure’ but very much the ‘communicating cure’ at multiple levels of experience and interaction. Such an intersubjective approach to psychotherapy integration requires that psychotherapists develop an understanding of the self in its multiple facets in order to exercise flexibility, judgement, range, skills, intuition and imagination in the appropriate use of the various dimensions of a therapeutic relationship in response to the current relational needs of the client.

We are not teaching a particular model of integration, rather we are supporting participants in the challenging task of learning to integrate theories and competencies from several traditions in the field of psychotherapy into an evolving model of their own.

The training embraces a clinical developmental view of the evolving self, whilst at the same time stressing the importance of the impact of the social, cultural, economic, ecological and political context on the individual’s self identity.

This training will require of the psychotherapist a commitment to maintain and tolerate several views, even when these may appear to be contradictory, in an effort not to foreclose prematurely on a particular point of view. These differing views serve as a system of continuing self-supervision so that any position taken is a flexible one and responsive to the particular circumstances of a particular client at a particular time in a particular context. Such an approach to psychotherapy integration can serve as an underpinning for both brief-term and longer-term psychotherapy.

Course dates

2014-2015: 11/12 October, 8/9 November, 6/7 December, 17/18 January, 14/15 February, 14/15 March, 18/19 April, 16/17 May, 13/14 June, 11/12 July.

Entry requirements

Psychotherapy is a postgraduate profession and applicants are required to demonstrate that they are able to work at postgraduate level. Applicants need to demonstrate evidence of a proficiency in English.

Applicants will have ONE (or more) of the following:

  • A degree in psychology or a related discipline (such as sociology, education, theology, philosophy, etc.); OR
  • A non-relevant degree (such as accounting, art, etc.) but also some appropriate training and/or work/life experience; OR
  • A qualification in one of the helping professions (such as psychiatric nursing, nursing, probation, social work, teaching, etc.); OR
  • A counselling diploma or equivalent qualification; OR
  • Significant relevant work and/or life experience. (Students in this last category will need to use the APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) process to establish equivalence once they have been assessed for suitability for psychotherapy training.)

For more information concerning the application process email Cathy Simeon our Joint Academic Co-ordinator, at cathy.simeon@metanoia.ac.uk or call her on +44 (0)20 8832 3072.

 

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