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PGCertHE (Teaching and Learning in Counselling and Psychotherapy)

PGCertHE (Teaching and Learning in Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Faculty Head: Dr Peter Pearce

Director of Studies: Amanda Stewart-Harries

Applications now open

We are accepting applications for this programme. Click here to apply. 

Overview of Training Programme

The PGCertHE programme is an exciting and pioneering programme, the first dedicated qualification in the teaching and learning of the psychological therapies. Training in counselling, psychotherapy and applications of the psychological therapies requires trainers/ lecturers to have specific, highly specialised, skills. Therefore, a discipline specific training/teaching qualification that addresses the planning, creation and facilitation of curriculums and experiential learning forums to support the development of these skills/ attributes alongside robust theoretical knowledge and ethical professional practice seems a natural development.

The PGCertHE is a developmental course rather than a training course, with the emphasis being on the development of your understanding about the different ways in which people learn the psychological therapies and your skill in enabling this learning. The programme will provide both short and longer term benefits. It will support you in the early stages of learning to teach this discipline in higher education and will also help establish a framework for your career long development in this field through reflective practice. You will be encouraged to be creative in seeking out effective approaches to your teaching. 


Aims of the Programme

The overall aim of the programme is to have a direct impact on the process that underpins the teaching of psychotherapy and counselling. It has been designed to support participants to become competent, effective and enthusiastic teachers in this specialist vocational subject area.

The PGCertHE will:

• Build a community of education, based on collaborative learning, peer support and feedback within the practice field of counselling and psychotherapy in higher education

• Relate teaching to student’s learning through considering the connected curriculum, the research-teaching nexus and students as partners

• Equip participants with the knowledge and ability to, critically evaluate their own approach to facilitating learning, manage and assess the conditions for quality educational experiences in this discipline area and contribute to development across their Higher Education Provider

• Support those new to teaching to gain confidence and a depth of understanding in the teaching of the psychological therapies • Provide a framework for the continuing development of participants as informed, effective, creative and scholarly academic staff in this highly specialised area • Encourage and develop reflective and evidence-based practice teaching and learning 

To find out course dates click here

Further Information

If you have any questions, or would like to apply, please contact Cristina Soares, Senior Academic and Research Administrator on 020 8832 3096(direct) or by email at cristina.soares@metanoia.ac.uk 


This programme is validated and quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

Metanoia Institute has begun the process to be able to award its own degrees. This will not affect students starting in 2023. Please see here for further details

PGCertHE (Teaching and Learning in Counselling and Psychotherapy)

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