MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy
Programme Leader: Dr Diane Hodgson
Validated by Middlesex University
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A 5 year part-time training leading to a Diploma and MSc degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy, which will provide you with automatic registration with UKCP and a qualification to practice as a psychotherapist.
The Gestalt programme provides a thorough theoretical base to Contemporary Gestalt therapy alongside a scrupulous process of experiential and clinical training. Whilst the professional development of competent practitioners is the focus of the training, creativity, experimentation and enjoyment are also important.
The programme is based on a balance between theory, experience and practice. Students are encouraged to share responsibility for their growth, learning and some of the design of their own training. The teaching seeks to model:
- the dialogic relationship
- the phenomenological meeting between students and tutors
- openness to difference and self awareness
- responsibility for the relationship between person and environment
The overall aim of the programme is to support students to become competent, reflexive Gestalt practitioners who can take a research approach, have an ability to integrate theory and practice and can work effectively in a variety of settings.
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Aims of the Course
All of our training programmes emphasise attention to individual learning needs, the development and maintenance of high standards of practice based on well-established theoretical models, and the importance of an ethical framework.
We see the aims of our training programme as follows:
- To facilitate a thorough and experiential knowledge of Gestalt therapy including basic philosophy such as the theory of phenomenology, dialogic relationship, existentialism and field theory.
- To provide in-depth understanding of Gestalt therapy theory and practice.
- To emphasise self-directed learning and self-support in order to establish high standards of competence.
- To incorporate high standards of competence and ethics in Gestalt therapy practice.
- To facilitate an understanding of Gestalt within the context of other psychotherapies and its potential contribution to political and social issues.
- To be aware of current research and be able to take a research approach to clinical practice.
- To support the student to become a competent, professional psychotherapist.
Accreditation and Recognition
- Introductory workshop 14 hours.
- Four Years of training of 560 hours (each training weekend at Metanoia counts to 140 hours a year).
- Final Dissertation Year, 6 days on weekends
- Supervision: 150 hours.
- Completion of written work.
- Personal weekly individual and/or group psychotherapy is required. (The majority of this must be with an accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist).
- Mental Health Familiarisation placement (unless there is evidence of previous relevant experience).
- Client hours: 450.
These are minimum requirements and individuals may need to undertake extra hours of training, supervision or personal therapy, as advised by their Academic Consultant, in order to reach their own level of readiness to pass the exam and become a qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist.
Training or Supervision hours from other recognised programmes, may count towards the Diploma or the MSc and individuals may APL into the training at the training at the level appropriate to their training and experience.
This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by Metanoia Institute awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.
The attainment of the Metanoia Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy confers recognition by UKCP.
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