Teaching Methods and Assessment

We bring together theory, practice and experience and all our courses combine theoretical seminars with skills training, experiential training groups and weekend workshops, as well as supervised work with training clients.


Seminars introduce students to a range of theories, histories and practices in psychotherapy and counselling. They combine lectures and group discussions and require students to produce essays and give presentations.

Experiential Training Groups

These peer groups are concerned with your own personal development, alongside your own personal therapy. Group leaders facilitate students' personal exploration as well as the development of interactions within the group.

Training Client Experience

Students in later years of study (usually after the start of the second year) begin working with 'training' clients. All training clients are assessed by staff at the Minster Centre, and students are closely supervised while in practice.

Students will also need to take up a placement in an external setting to both boost their client hours for accreditation, and to expand and extend their learning experience. Our Placement Co-Ordinator keeps an up to date database of placement providers and tips on applying.

During your final years of training (as a psychotherapist), clinical experience extends to a Mental Health Familiarizations Placement.

Continuous and Open Assessment

We require that our students are proficient in the written, experiential and clinical areas of their training. Our assessment is continuous and open, and includes self-assessment, peer assessment, tutor assessment and assessment by external examiners.

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