Which course is right for me?

We understand that training to become a counsellor or psychotherapist is a long-term commitment, and that it is important for you to make an informed choice about planning your training. The diagram below outlines the possible training routes, which you can follow at the Minster Centre

To find out more about our training routes come along to one of  our Open Days or contact our Admissions Team on [email protected].

We also offer professional development courses in Advanced Clinical Practice and Supervison for qualified practioners.

Routes to Qualification

The Minster Centre Routes to Qualification. (Click or tap on the image to open.)

Our Courses

An Introduction to Counselling Skills

Key Information

An introductory course, which is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to use counselling skills and more about themselves. If you are considering a career in counselling this course is a good taster to see if you want to go further and will help prepare you for taking a Foundation Course in Counselling at The Minster Centre or elsewhere.

Start Dates:

FULLY BOOKED Week long intensive: Monday 22nd July 2019 – Friday 26th July 2019, 11am – 6pm

Week long intensive: Monday 2nd September – Friday 6th September 2019, 11am – 6pm

Over 8 weeks: Friday 4th October – Friday 29th November 2019  (no class on the 24 October), 9.45am – 1.30pm

Week long intensive: Monday 9th December – Friday 13th December 2019, 11am – 6pm

See the full information about this course

About the Course

Counselling skills can help you gain insight into how to deal effectively and helpfully with people who are distressed or you may find challenging. These are skills that can be useful at work and in your personal life. You will practice basic counselling skills, such as how to accurately reflect back what a person is saying, summarising, and asking open-ended questions. You will also learn about :

  • The skill of ‘active listening’ – being with a person, and at the same time being able to step back.
  • The ‘core conditions’ – the ability to be with a person without introducing your own agenda, to accept on their terms what they are saying, and at the same time to be genuine yourself.

This course, like all our courses, emphasises an experiential style of learning. Central to counselling skills practice is the idea that to understand the experience of another person you have to first understand our own. The course is structured so that students learn not only from what is taught, but also by actively engaging in exercises. Much of the learning is in small groups and there is an emphasis on students, where appropriate, sharing and reflecting on their own experience.

Course Content

Each session will be made up of three parts: theory, practice and self development – a structure which reflects a central idea in counselling that you need to understand the concepts, develop your counselling skills, and to become more self-aware.

In the theory seminar you will learn about counselling skills and some key ideas in counselling theory.

In the practice section you will divide into small groups where you will practice these skills, usually with one person in the role of listener, one as client and one or two as observer to give feedback.

And finally for personal development, there will be what is called an experiential group. This is an opportunity to explore your own response to the course, your interactions with other people and where appropriate, the process of the group itself. This learning process can happen at any point in the workshop, but the experiential group is a place where in this can be explored in more depth.

Assessment

A 750 word essay on what you have learnt from the course.
Feedback from the counselling skills exercises.

Course Leader(s)

Stephen Callus, Vaughn Goldschagg, David Petherbridge

Course Dates and Times

FULLY BOOKED Week long intensive: Monday 22nd July 2019 – Friday 26th July 2019, 11am – 6pm

Week long intensive: Monday 2nd September – Friday 6th September 2019, 11am – 6pm

Over 8 weeks: Friday 4th October – Friday 29th November 2019  (no class on the 24 October), 9.45am – 1.30pm

Week long intensive: Monday 9th December – Friday 13th December 2019, 11am – 6pm

There is a 80% minimum attendance requirement for this course.

Who Is It For

An Introductory Course open to anyone interested in:

  • Finding out more about what Counselling is.
  • Using Counselling Skills at work or in private life.
  • Preparation for The Minster Centre’s Foundation courses.

Entry Requirements

This is an open access course. You do not need particular qualifications or work experience to attend this course

Undertaking counselling training at any level can be a psychologically, as well as intellectually, demanding process. Personal qualities we are looking for in trainees include:

  • Openness to forming and maintaining therapeutic relationships with others.
  • The ability to engage in experiential learning.
  • A willingness to tolerate difference
  • The capacity to develop empathy
  • The ability to reflect on experiences.
  • Openness to feedback from tutors and peers.

This requires a degree of psychological robustness Having had a mental health diagnosis or difficulty in the past is not, necessarily, a barrier to training; however we do need to consider whether there is a danger of the training exacerbating mental health problems in applicants. For this reason, we may ask about mental health during the application process, and the Centre reserves the right to refuse admission to applicants who we judge would not, at this time, be able to benefit from this course or for whom it might be too disturbing.

Qualifications

Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

Career Prospects

In a work situation you are often faced with a problem that does not require just a practical solution. The ability to listen in a skilled way that enables a person to talk about an issue is often an important first step in finding a solution. This Introductory Course will both teach you these skills and allow you to practice them so you feel confident to use them in the workplace. The skills you will learn on this course can be part of your ongoing CPD programme.

Fees

£310. The fee is payable by cheque or card before the start of the course and is non-refundable.

Venue

The Minster Centre is a five minute walk from Queens Park Tube (Bakerloo line) and Rail Overground Station and a 10-15 min walk from Brondesbury Park Station.

How to Apply

You apply directly to The Minster Centre via the online application form below.
Please ensure each section is fully completed in order for your application to be considered for this course. If you have any further questions please see our FAQs page or email us on [email protected].

The Foundation Course at The Minster Centre

Key Information

The course provides a comprehensive and critical introduction to the field of psychotherapy and counselling from an integrative viewpoint. Students increase their self-awareness, their awareness of others and their capacity to relate and interact with others. This course, or an equivalent, is a requirement before starting professional training to become a psychotherapist or counsellor at The Minster Centre and many other training organisations.

Start Date: 23 September 2019

See the full information about this course

About the Course

The course provides a critical introduction to the field of counselling and psychotherapy from an integrative standpoint which will be informative and enriching in itself and will provide a foundation for those who wish to go on to train as a practicing counsellor or psychotherapist. This is done by introducing students to some of the key thinkers and theories that have shaped and formed the field of psychotherapy. In the process, we will also help you to understand how a process of integration may begin to take place, this will happen through the learning in this module, the skills work and participation in an Experiential Training Group.

Course Content

Foundation Theory and Practice Seminar
A weekly two hour seminar where students are introduced to key thinkers including Carl Rogers, Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, Alice Miller, Donald Winnicott, Carl Jung, Fritz Perls, John Bowlby, Ernesto Spinelli. In addition, the course will explore Bodywork theory, CBT, and Neuroscience. Students will also be introduced to key skills and attitudes that are used by counsellors and psychotherapists and offered opportunities to explore and practice different styles of facilitation.

Experiential Training Group
A weekly one and a half hour group experience which supports the development of self-awareness and awareness of others. introduces students to group processes and provides a space for the processing of material raised by the course. Sessions are entirely experiential and have no set agenda. Each group has an experienced facilitator.

Weekend Workshops
Students participate in two weekend workshops offering a different structure and context for experiential and skills work.

Individual Psychotherapy
It is a requirement that all students attending the Foundation Course to be in weekly personal psychotherapy throughout the course. Your psychotherapy should be with a qualified and experienced, UKCP Registered or BACP Accredited practitioner, or equivalent. Therapists should not be Minster Centre staff. Personal psychotherapy is undertaken at your own expense.

Assessment

Assessment is by Minster Centre staff. Students’ experiential and written work is assessed.

One 3,500 word essay, a written self-assessment of 1,050 words and a 1,500 word process report reflecting on the movements, changes, realisations and conflicts students have experienced during the course.

In addition to assessment of individual pieces of written work, consideration is given to whether students are ready to progress to professional training based on continuous assessment of participation, self-awareness, awareness of others and therapeutic skills.

Course Leader(s)

Vaughn Goldschagg and Stephen Callus

Course Dates and Times

This is a one-year part-time course, taught on Mondays, 5.30pm to 9.30 pm for 30 weeks of the year, with the addition of two weekends. The course provides 129 training hours in total.

There is an 80% minimum attendance requirement – successful completion of the course entails a minimum of 80% attendance of each of the three components (i.e. the seminar, skills and ETG) and 80% of each of the two weekends.

Course Length

30 weeks

Who Is It For

This course is for people who:

  • Want to learn about psychotherapy or counselling.
  • Wish to gain skills for another career or interest.
  • Seek to build on previous introductory skills training.
  • May wish to go on to train as a counsellor or psychotherapist.

Entry Requirements

Training is open to those with a first degree or with previous training in non-degree courses e.g. in social work or health care or those without formal qualification who have equivalent and suitable life experience and can demonstrate the capacity to complete the academic aspects of the course.

Practising as a counsellor or psychotherapist, and training to be one, is a psychologically, as well as intellectually, demanding process. Personal qualities we are looking for in trainees include:

  • Openness to forming and maintaining therapeutic relationships with others.
  • The ability to engage in experiential learning.
  • The ability to reflect on experiences.
  • Openness to feedback from tutors and peers.

This requires a degree of psychological robustness Having had a mental health diagnosis or difficulty in the past is not, necessarily, a barrier to training; however we do need to consider whether there is a danger of the training exacerbating mental health problems in applicants. For this reason, we may ask about mental health during the application process, and the Centre reserves the right to refuse admission to applicants who we judge would not, at this time, be able to benefit from this course or for whom it might be too disturbing.

Qualifications

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Course will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

Successful completion of the course is also an entry route into the Diploma and MA courses in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, although a place cannot be guaranteed. We reserve a large number of places each year for students progressing from our Foundation courses.

Career Prospects

About a third to a half of the students who successfully complete this course continue to join the first year of The Minster Centre professional training courses, others continue to train elsewhere or pursue training in related areas.

Fees

The course costs £2,645 (£2,330 plus £315 enrolment fee). A non-refundable deposit of £700 is payable to secure your place once offered. Fees are payable by bank transfer, cheque or card and are non-refundable if you attend beyond the first half term. Fees may be paid in instalments.

Venue

The Minster Centre is a five minute walk from Queens Park Tube (Bakerloo line) and Rail Overground Station and a 10-15 min walk from Brondesbury Park Station.

How to Apply

You apply directly to The Minster Centre via the online application form below. Please note: we operate a rolling admission process, on a first-come-first-served basis.

EARLY APPLICATION IS RECOMMENDED.

Please ensure each section is fully completed in order for your application to be considered for this course. If you have any further questions please see our FAQs page or email us on [email protected].

Applicants are offered an individual interview with a senior staff member in order to assess suitability for training. The interview fee is £65.

Course Handbook

The Fast Track Foundation Course at The Minster Centre

Key Information

The course provides a comprehensive and critical introduction to the field of psychotherapy and counselling from an integrative viewpoint. Students increase their self-awareness, their awareness of others and their capacity to relate and interact with others. This course, or an equivalent, is a requirement before starting professional training to become a psychotherapist or counsellor at The Minster Centre and many other training organisations.

Start Dates: 22 February 2020

See the full information about this course

About the Course

The course provides a critical introduction to the field of counselling and psychotherapy from an integrative standpoint which will be informative and enriching in itself and will provide a foundation for those who wish to go on to train as a practicing counsellor or psychotherapist. This is done by introducing students to some of the key thinkers and theories that have shaped and formed the field of psychotherapy. In the process, we will also help you to understand how a process of integration may begin to take place, this will happen through the learning in this module, the skills work and participation in an Experiential Training Group.

Course Content

Foundation Theory and Practice Seminar
A weekly two hour seminar where students are introduced to key thinkers including Carl Rogers, Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, Eric Berne, Donald Winnicott, Carl Jung, Fritz Perls, John Bowlby, Ernesto Spinelli. In addition, the course will explore Bodywork theory, CBT, and Neuroscience. Students will also be introduced to key skills and attitudes that are used by counsellors and psychotherapists and offered opportunities to explore and practice different styles of facilitation.

Experiential Training Group
A weekly one and a half hour group experience which supports the development of self-awareness and awareness of others. introduces students to group processes and provides a space for the processing of material raised by the course. Sessions are entirely experiential and have no set agenda. Each group has an experienced facilitator.

Weekend Workshops
Students participate in two weekend workshops offering a different structure and context for experiential and skills work.

Individual Psychotherapy
It is a requirement that all students attending the Foundation Course to be in weekly personal psychotherapy throughout the course. Your psychotherapy should be with a qualified and experienced, UKCP Registered or BACP Accredited practitioner, or equivalent. Therapists should not be Minster Centre staff. Personal psychotherapy is undertaken at your own expense.

Assessment

Assessment is by Minster Centre staff. Students’ experiential and written work is assessed.

One 4000 word essay and two self assessments of 750 words reflecting on the movements, changes, realisations and conflicts students have experienced during the course.

In addition to assessment of individual pieces of written work, consideration is given to whether students are ready to progress to professional training based on continuous assessment of participation, self-awareness, awareness of others and therapeutic skills.

Course Leader(s)

Mark Gullidge

Course Dates and Times

The course runs over eight weekends to the Summer providing 112 training hours in total. This format may especially suit people who wish to start Diploma training in the coming Autumn or who live at a distance from London. There is an 80% minimum attendance requirement – successful completion of the course entails a minimum of 80% attendance of each of the three components (i.e. the seminar, skills and ETG) and 80% of each the two weekends.

The weekends run from 10am until 6pm.

The dates are:

22, 23 February 2020

14, 15 March 2020

28, 29 March 2020

25, 26 April 2020

9, 10 May 2020

30, 31 May

13, 14 June 2020

4, 5 July 2020

Course Length

8 weekends

Who Is It For

This course is for people who:

  • Want to learn about psychotherapy or counselling.
  • Wish to gain skills for another career or interest.
  • Seek to build on previous introductory skills training.
  • May wish to go on to train as a counsellor or psychotherapist.

Entry Requirements

Training is open to those with a first degree or with previous training in non-degree courses e.g. in social work or health care or those without formal qualification who have equivalent and suitable life experience and can demonstrate the capacity to complete the academic aspects of the course.

Practising as a counsellor or psychotherapist, and training to be one, is a psychologically, as well as intellectually, demanding process. Personal qualities we are looking for in trainees include:

  • Openness to forming and maintaining therapeutic relationships with others.
  • The ability to engage in experiential learning.
  • The ability to reflect on experiences.
  • Openness to feedback from tutors and peers.

This requires a degree of psychological robustness Having had a mental health diagnosis or difficulty in the past is not, necessarily, a barrier to training; however we do need to consider whether there is a danger of the training exacerbating mental health problems in applicants. For this reason, we may ask about mental health during the application process, and the Centre reserves the right to refuse admission to applicants who we judge would not, at this time, be able to benefit from this course or for whom it might be too disturbing.

Qualifications

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Course will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

Successful completion of the course is also an entry route into the Diploma and MA courses in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, although a place cannot be guaranteed. We reserve a large number of places each year for students progressing from our Foundation courses.

Career Prospects

About a third to a half of the students who successfully complete this course continue to join the first year of the Minster Centre professional training courses, others continue to train elsewhere or pursue training in related areas.

Fees

In 2020 the course costs £2,978 in total (£2,663 plus £315 enrolment fee). A non-refundable deposit of £700 is payable to secure your place once offered. Fees are payable by bank transfer, cheque or card and are non-refundable if you attend beyond the first half term. Fees may be paid in instalments.

Venue

The Minster Centre is a five minute walk from Queens Park Tube (Bakerloo line) and Rail Overground Station and a 10-15 min walk from Brondesbury Park Station.

How to Apply

You apply directly to The Minster Centre via the online application form below. Please note: we operate a rolling admission process, on a first-come-first-served basis.

EARLY APPLICATION IS RECOMMENDED.

Please ensure each section is fully completed in order for your application to be considered for this course. If you have any further questions please see our FAQs page or email us on [email protected].

Applicants are offered an individual interview with a senior staff member in order to assess suitability for training. The interview fee is £65.

Course Handbook

Diploma in Integrative Counselling Course

Key Information

The course provides for an intensive development of counselling skills and a deep understanding of the theoretical frameworks and concepts underpinning different counselling approaches. It is taught through a mixture of academic theory, experiential learning, group discussion, practical application and microskills exercises. This course is BACP Accredited.

Start Dates: 24 September 2019

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About the Course

Successful completion of the Diploma in Integrative Counselling qualifies students to practice as an Integrative counsellor, supports BACP Registered Membership and is the first step to obtaining BACP accreditation. If students successfully complete the first two years of training they can also apply to continue to do the MA/Advanced Diploma.

The course provides for an intensive development of counselling skills and a deeper understanding of the theoretical frameworks and concepts underpinning different counselling approaches, leading to an integration of these into sound counselling practice. The Integrative approach encourages people to find their own voice and identity as counsellors. The Minster Centre has a long tradition of social commitment and our training syllabus reflects this, with students encouraged to reflect on issues of diversity and society as part of their work.

The course will cover humanistic, existential, psychodynamic and body work approaches to counselling. Over three years students mix teaching, experiential learning, group discussion, practical application and microskills exercises with relevant theory. As well as being grounded in the traditional approaches to psychotherapy and counselling, our tutors also have experience and expertise in contemporary understandings, such as neurobiology, relational and embodied work.

Course Content

Four core academic modules exploring theoretical traditions from a range of therapeutic approaches: Humanistic and Existential models of Psychotherapy and Counselling; Object Relations and the Psychoanalytic Tradition; The Body in Psychotherapy and Diversity.

Weekend Workshops: Students participate in experiential weekend workshops during the course to extend their learning. They offer specific experiential exploration or give more time to cover specific areas in more depth. Topics covered include: Jung: Family and Belonging: Skills for working with trauma; Working with the impact of childhood sexual abuse; Severe presentations and medication.

Experiential Training Group (ETG): Focuses on the personal and emotional development of the students, their sensitivity towards/awareness of themselves, others, and the interactions within the group of students.

Intensive Skills and Supervision groups: Sessions may include presentation and discussion of work with training clients, role plays, practice sessions and discussion of issues related to practice.

Support from your Head of Year.

It is also a requirement for all students to be in individual psychotherapy at least once weekly throughout the course.

Clinical Practice and Placements

When both the student and their supervisor agree they are ready, usually in the second year, students start working with one or more training clients, and may start an external placement. A total of 150 supervised clinical hours is required to qualify.

In most cases, we are able to refer ‘training clients’ to our students via The Minster Centre Psychotherapy and Counselling Service (MCPCS) our affordable therapy service. You will usually work with one or two long term training clients. In addition, you will need work in an external placement. Placement experience accelerates and deepens your professional learning and understanding and increases your employability. Placements are an opportunity to learn about working within therapeutic services and to make contacts with others in the field. Both training clients and placements will help you accrue the necessary client hours for qualification.

You will be responsible for securing a placement but will receive advice and guidance from the Placement Coordinator. You will need an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. One DBS check is included within your course fees and will be organised with you in the second year. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist each case is considered on an individual basis. You will be given an opportunity at your selection interview to discuss this with your interviewers. For more information about DBS checks see here.

Accreditation

The Minster Centre Diploma in Integrative Counselling is accredited by the BACP. BACP reviews the course accreditation every five years. The accreditation was last reviewed in 2018.

Assessment

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods are primarily coursework assessments including essays, portfolios, presentations and live assessment of a recorded piece of clinical work. Support and guidance is given for each assessment. Assessment is by course tutors, except for the Live Assessment, which is assessed by examiners not teaching on this course. In addition to formal assessment of written work, tutors and supervisors assess students’ experiential and clinical work. All marking is moderated and we also have an external examiner to ensure that marking is fair and consistent. You will receive feedback on all formal assessments to support your learning.

Students are assessed each year and given specific recommendations on areas they need to work on and whether they are ready to progress to the next year.

Course Leader(s)

Heads of Year 1: Nancy Browner and Jenny Clark
Heads of Year 2: Anne Marie Keary
Head of Year 3: Philip Wood

Course Dates and Times

Attendance

The Counselling Diploma is a three-year course. Each year is taught over three ten-week terms. Training takes place one day a week, on Tuesdays 12-8 in the first year, Thursdays 10-6 or 11-7 in the second year, and Wednesdays usually 1.30pm-6.30pm in the Third year plus 26 days study at weekends over the three years. From the Second year onwards students will also need to allow time for clinical practice (you are likely to be seeing up to four clients a week).

Because of the experiential nature of learning required to become a counsellor there is a 80% minimum attendance requirement for all components of the course i.e. 80% attendance of each module (including ETGs and supervision) and weekend teaching.

First-term
Monday 23rd September to Friday 6th December 2019
Half-term – Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October

Second-term
Monday 6th January to Friday 20th March 2020
Half-term – Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February

Third-term
Monday 20th April to *Monday 6th July 2020
Half-term – Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May

Bank Holidays/Closure:
Christmas closure: 21st December 2019 to re-open 2nd January 2020
Easter break: Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April
Good Friday – 10th April
Easter Monday – 13th April
May Day – Monday 4th May
Spring B/H – Monday 25th May (within half-term)

*This date includes the additional Monday for the Foundation year due to the May Day Bank Holiday and may include weekend teaching (5/6 July). All other year groups will finish weekday teaching the week commencing Monday 29th June 2020.

Course Length

3 years, part-time

Who Is It For

This course is for people who want to train as counsellors and have completed Foundation level training and/or have equivalent relevant experience.

Students come from all walks of life including people already working in caring and related professions such as nursing and social work and people coming from very different backgrounds including creative professions, teaching, practical or technical careers.

Entry Requirements

Students must have successfully completed The Minster Centre Foundation course or had training and/or experience to a similar level before beginning the Diploma. Any Foundation course undertaken elsewhere should be at least 90 contact hours, covering theory and skills.

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 20 hours of ongoing personal individual therapy within the year prior to the start of the course. It is essential for all students to be in individual psychotherapy at least once weekly throughout the course. Choice of therapist is made with flexibility subject to Minster Centre approval.

Training is open to those with a first degree or with previous training in non-degree courses e.g. in social work or health care or those without formal qualification who have equivalent and suitable life experience and can demonstrate the capacity to complete the academic aspects of the course (including through successful completion of a Minster Centre Foundation Course).

If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate a capacity to study in English either through your written and practical work during previous training at the Minster Centre, or in your application and interview and through qualifications such as IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).

You will need a satisfactory DBS report to undertake clinical practice which is an essential component of the course – see section on Clinical practice and placements above.

Practising as a counsellor or psychotherapist, and training to be one, is a psychologically, as well as intellectually, demanding process. Personal qualities we are looking for in trainees include:

  • Openness to forming and maintaining therapeutic relationships with others.
  • The ability to engage in experiential learning.
  • The ability to reflect on experiences.
  • Openness to feedback from tutors and peers.

This requires a degree of psychological robustness and a capacity for self reflection. Having had a mental health diagnosis or difficulty in the past is not necessarily a barrier to training; however we do need to consider whether there is a danger of the training exacerbating mental health problems in applicants. For this reason, we ask about mental health during the application process, and the Centre reserves the right to refuse admission to applicants who we judge would not, at this time, be able to benefit from this course or for whom it might be too disturbing.

Accredited Prior Experience and Learning (APEL)

There may be aspects of your course that you feel you have already covered as part of another training course or as a result of previous experience in employment or elsewhere. In some circumstances it is possible to have this prior learning recognised through the award of credit which will exempt you from identified elements of the course.

You can only apply for learning to be credited that relates to whole modules, weekend training sessions or other complete components of the course. See our APEL Policy.

There is no APEL option for applications to the BACP Accredited Diploma in Counselling beyond the first year. This is because the first year includes more than a third of the teaching hours. Students who join the professional training beyond the first year or join at the start of the MA cannot opt to take the BACP Accredited Diploma in Counselling. Students who join in the second year of professional training or join the MA may be able to submit evidence to BACP of their previous training and the training they undertake at the Centre in as part of their submission for BACP Registration or Accreditation. Applicants in this situation are advised to look at the BACP website for information about accreditation and consult with BACP membership services.

Qualifications

Minster Centre Diploma in Integrative Counselling

Career Prospects

If students successfully complete the first two years of training they have the option to apply to continue to do the MA/Advanced Diploma. BACP will accept these ongoing studies as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The Diploma is also the first step to obtaining BACP accreditation.

Graduates of the Minster Centre can be found working successfully all over the UK and abroad. As well as private practice, graduates often work with a variety of client groups in the NHS; in schools, colleges and universities; in organisations such as MIND and other charitable foundations; and as tutors in other training organisations.

Fees

In 2019/20 the fees are as follows:

First Year: £5610
Second Year: £5695
Third Year: £3825

Course fees are subject to annual inflation. Once you have started a course we will endeavour to keep fee increases in subsequent years as low as possible. Increases may occur to reflect changes to the course, changes in the requirements of accrediting organisations, inflation, staff pay rises or other increases to the cost of providing the course.

A non-refundable deposit of £700 is payable to secure your place once offered. Fees are payable by bank transfer, cheque or card and are non-refundable if you attend beyond the first half term. Fees may be paid in instalments. Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

Fees include supervision of training clients, one DBS check, common room facilities and refreshments, access to the library and on-line resources, insurance for seeing client through the Minster Centre Psychotherapy and Counselling Service.

The following course related costs are not included in the fees: personal therapy, placement supervision (usually but not always provided by the placement), any additional costs associated with placements, the provision of consulting rooms for seeing training clients, assessment of resubmitted coursework. Personal therapy can cost from £50 per session upwards in London, sometimes less outside London. In addition, you will need to budget for the purchase of key books a year (these are texts you will need to refer to frequently) and travel to the Centre, to placements and to therapy. Depending on the topics you choose for your written assessments you may need to buy books or internet access to articles, or access books, articles or other resources through the British Library or other specialist libraries. You will also need a secure means of audio recording client work, ideally this will be on a password protected and encrypted digital recorder, prices start around £215.

Accommodation and living costs are not included in fees and as all our students are part time we do not have on-site accommodation. The Centre has no parking available for students unless you have a blue badge. The Centre is close to public transport. We cannot guarantee that the timing of courses will not require peak time travel.

For more details on fees and financial terms and conditions click on the button below:

Financial Support

Click here to see details on funding.

Venue

The Minster Centre is a five minute walk from Queens Park Tube (Bakerloo line) and Rail Overground Station and a 10-15 min walk from Brondesbury Park Station.

How to Apply

You apply directly to the Minster Centre via the online application form below. Please note: we operate a rolling admission process. EARLY APPLICATION IS RECOMMENDED.

Please ensure each section is fully completed in order for your application to be considered for this course. If you have any further questions please see our FAQs page or email us on [email protected].

Applicants are offered an individual interview with two senior members of staff in order to assess suitability for training. The interview fee is £95.

Course Handbook

MA/Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling

Key Information

The Advanced Diploma is a four-year (minimum) modular course which qualifies students to practice as Integrative Psychotherapists and meets the training requirements for registration with UKCP as a psychotherapist. The first two years follow the same curriculum as the Diploma in Integrative Counselling; the last two years form the MA. This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion. The whole 4 years is a UKCP Accredited programme. The course is taught through a mixture of academic theory, experiential learning, group discussion, practical application and microskills exercises. Students’ practical and academic integration is further developed as they are encouraged to find their own voice and identity as therapists.

Start Dates: 24 September 2019

See the full information about this course

About the Course

This is a four-year modular course which qualifies students to practice as Integrative Psychotherapist and meets the training requirements for registration with UKCP as a psychotherapist. The first two years follow the same curriculum as the Diploma in Integrative Counselling; the last two years form the MA.

The Advanced Diploma is a high-level vocational qualification. The MA (Master of Arts) is an academic qualification. The MA is always obtained in combination with the Advanced Diploma, it cannot be obtained separately and the work submitted is the same. This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

The Minster Centre’s Integrative approach encourages people to find their own voice and identity as therapists. The theoretical framework of the MA/Advanced Diploma includes Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Existential, Body work and Relational thinking within a structure which contains academic, experiential and practical components. As well as being grounded in the traditional approaches to psychotherapy and counselling, our tutors also have experience and expertise in contemporary understandings, such as neurobiology, relational and embodied work.

The Minster Centre prides itself in offering small study groups, personal attention and a friendly, supportive learning environment which encourages personal development. The Centre also has a long tradition of social commitment and our training syllabus reflects this, with students encouraged to reflect on issues of diversity and society as part of their work.

In most cases, we are able to refer ‘training clients’ to our students via the MCPCS, our affordable therapy service. Both training clients and placements will help you accrue the necessary client hours for graduation and accreditation with the BACP or UKCP.

Students who successfully complete the MA/Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling may go on to seek UKCP registration.

Course Content

Students will have completed the course work from the first two years of the Minster Centre Diploma in Integrative Counselling. Students then go on to study:

Two core academic modules which develop students’ practical and academic integration, making links across theoretical and methodological models: Personal and Clinical Integration and Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy

Weekend Workshops (26 weekend days over 2 years): Students participate in weekend workshops during the course to extend their learning, they cover experiential exploration or give more time to cover areas in more depth. Topics covered include, Death and Bereavement, Severe Presentations and the use of Medication, Working with Sexual and Erotic Charge, Psychiatric Assessment, Gender Diversity and further sexualities, Self-harm and suicide.

Clinical Practice and Placements: Students continue their work with training clients. After completion of 450 hours of supervised practice, students may go on to seek UKCP accreditation through the Minster Centre, or personal accreditation with BACP.

Two Clinical Supervision modules where work with long term training clients is supervised and students are supported to develop their clinical practice and prepare for final assessment. You will attend clinical supervision weekly in term-time plus 5 supervision sessions during the holiday periods.

Teaching on research methods, skills and ethics. This is currently taught at weekends; we are reviewing whether in future this will be taught in the final year as a weekday 12-week module.

Following research teaching students prepare a 15,000-word dissertation with the support of a research supervisor.

It is also a requirement for all students to be in individual psychotherapy at least once weekly throughout the course.

Clinical Practice and Placements

When both the student and their supervisor agree they are ready, usually in the second year, students start working with one or more training clients, and may start an external placement. A total of 450 supervised clinical hours is required to qualify.

In most cases, we are able to refer ‘training clients’ to our students via the Minster Centre Psychotherapy and Counselling Service (MCPCS) our affordable therapy service. You will usually work with two or three long-term training clients. In addition, you will need to work in an external placement. Placement experience accelerates and deepens your professional learning and understanding and increases your employability. Placements are an opportunity to learn about working within therapeutic services and to make contacts with others in the field. Both training clients and placements will help you accrue the necessary client hours for qualification and to seek registration with UKCP.

You will be responsible for securing a placement but will receive advice and guidance from the Placement Coordinator. You will need an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. One DBS check is included within your course fees and will be organised with you in the second year. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist each case is considered on an individual basis. You will be given an opportunity at your selection interview to discuss this with your interviewers. For more information about DBS checks see here.

Accreditation

All four years are accredited by UKCP. Modules for the final two years are also quality assured by Middlesex University at postgraduate level (Level 7) and form the MA.

UKCP reviews course accreditation every five years, we were last reviewed in 2017. Middlesex University reviews validation every six years, our validation was last reviewed in 2014.

Assessment

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods are primarily coursework assessments including essays, portfolios, reflective accounts, case studies and live assessment of a recorded piece of clinical work, and a dissertation. Support and guidance is given for each assessment.

Assessment is by course tutors, except for the Live Assessment, which is assessed by examiners not teaching on this programme. In addition to formal assessment of written work, tutors and supervisors assess students’ experiential and clinical work. All marking is moderated and we also have an external examiner to ensure that marking is fair and consistent. You will receive feedback on all formal assessments to support your learning.

Students are assessed each year and given specific recommendations on areas they need to work on and whether they are ready to progress to the next year.

As well as passing all modules and written work as required, students must have accrued 450 hours of supervised clinical practice with training clients and on placement and undertake a Mental Health Familiarisation Placement.

Course Leader(s)

Head of Year 1: Nancy Browner and Jenny Clarke
Head of Year 2: Anne Marie Keary
Head of Year 3: Philip Wood
Head of Finalists: Nancy Browner and Julia Denington

Course Dates and Times

First-term
Monday 23rd September to Friday 6th December 2019
Half-term – Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October

Second-term
Monday 6th January to Friday 20th March 2020
Half-term – Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February

Third-term
Monday 20th April to *Monday 6th July 2020
Half-term – Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May

Bank Holidays/Closure:
Christmas closure: 21st December 2019 to re-open 2nd January 2020
Easter break: Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April
Good Friday – 10th April
Easter Monday – 13th April
May Day – Monday 4th May
Spring B/H – Monday 25th May (within half-term)

*This date includes the additional Monday for the Foundation year due to the May Day Bank Holiday and may include weekend teaching (5/6 July). All other year groups will finish weekday teaching the week commencing Monday 29th June 2020.

Term dates for following years will normally be available in July each year; timings for seminars will normally be released in early September.

This is a part-time course which takes a minimum of four years to complete. The first two years follow the same timing as the Minster Centre Diploma in Counselling. The first year of the MA (third year of professional training) runs on Wednesdays (9.30-6, 10-6.30 or 12- 8.30) for three ten week terms. In addition, there are six weekends covering personal and professional development topics and 5 2-hour holiday supervision groups.

In the second year of the MA (fourth year of professional training) students come into college for 35 supervision groups (weekly in term time) and complete the written final submissions of a dissertation and two case studies and present their clinical work for live assessment. There are also 14 taught weekends. Finalist supervision is usually on a Wednesday but there are some other options available and there is some choice of day and time.

Currently research is taught at weekends; we are reviewing whether in future this will be taught in the final year as a weekday 10-week module. This will reduce the number of taught days at weekends and may run on a Monday or Friday.

From the second year of professional training onwards students will also need to allow time for clinical practice (you are likely to be seeing four or more clients a week). The timing of this will depend on your placement requirements and the time that both you and your training clients can manage.

Because of the experiential nature of learning required to become a counsellor and psychotherapist there is a 80% minimum attendance requirement for all components of the course i.e. 80% attendance of each module (including ETGs and supervision) and weekend teaching.

Course Length

Minimum 4 years, part-time.
Minimum 2 years for the MA component.
Some students take more than 1 year to complete the final submissions.
It is possible to complete the Diploma in Integrative Counselling concurrently.

Who Is It For

This course is for people who wish to train as psychotherapists working at depth
and long-term with clients who may have more complex issues.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • Successfully completed the first two years of the Diploma in Integrative Counselling (also known as Professional Training) at the Minster Centre and be recommended to continue to further training

OR

  • Are trained practitioners who have successfully undertaken an Integrative counselling training elsewhere.
  • Have significant clinical experience of providing counselling and psychotherapy (at least 150 hours).
  • Be able to demonstrate extensive self-development activity (usually obtained through recent one to one personal therapy).
  • Have completed a minimum of 20 hours of ongoing personal individual therapy within the year prior to the start of the course and have had at least 40 hours of personal therapy at some point prior to the course.
  • Possess a first degree or be able to demonstrate the capacity to study at Postgraduate level through providing evidence of work at this standard produced through academic or professional study or other experience.
  • Must be competent in the English language. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate a capacity to study in English either through your written and practical work during previous training at the Minster Centre, or in your application and interview and through qualifications such as IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).
  • We are not able to consider applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study.
  • Please note a DBS check will be required before you can start seeing clients. see section on Clinical practice and placements above for more information.

Practising as a counsellor or psychotherapist, and training to be one, is a psychologically, as well as intellectually, demanding process. Personal qualities we are looking for in trainees include:

  • Openness to forming and maintaining therapeutic relationships with others.
  • The ability to engage in experiential learning.
  • The ability to reflect on experiences.
  • Openness to feedback from tutors and peers.

This requires a degree of psychological robustness and a capacity for self reflection. Having had a mental health diagnosis or difficulty in the past is not necessarily a barrier to training; however we do need to consider whether there is a danger of the training exacerbating mental health problems in applicants. For this reason, we ask about mental health during the application process, and the Centre reserves the right to refuse admission to applicants who we judge would not, at this time, be able to benefit from this course or for whom it might be too disturbing.

Accredited Prior Experience and Learning (APEL)

There may be aspects of your course that you feel you have already covered as part of another training course or as a result of previous experience in employment or elsewhere. In some circumstances it is possible to have this prior learning recognized through the award of credit which will exempt you from identified elements of the course. Prospective students wishing to join beyond the first year of Professional Training will be interviewed to assess the appropriate point of entry to our programmes. Credit may be given for previous training or life experience through The Minster Centre’s APEL procedure. For more information see our APEL Policy.

You can only apply for learning to be credited that relates to whole modules, weekend training sessions or other complete components of the course.

See the Diploma in Counselling section for details on APEL options and limitations for the first two years of professional training. For those wishing to register with UKCP on completion of the Advanced Diploma/MA APEL cannot exceed 50% of the credits of the full 4 year Psychotherapy training programme (of which the MA Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling forms the final 2 years).

Qualifications

Students who successfully complete all the requirements are awarded a Minster Centre Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling. If you have registered with Middlesex University you will also be awarded an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling by Middlesex University.

Career Prospects

The Advanced Diploma/MA is accredited by UKCP. After successful completion of the course students may go on to seek UKCP Registration through the Minster Centre.

Graduates of The Minster Centre can be found working successfully all over the UK and abroad. As well as private practice, graduates work with a variety of client groups in the NHS; in schools, colleges and universities; in organisations such as MIND and other charitable foundations; and as tutors in other training organisations. After further clinical experience, graduates may obtain further qualifications in clinical supervision.

Graduates have gone to higher-level study on doctoral programmes.

Fees

In 2019/20 the fees are as follows:

First Year: £5610
Second Year: £5695

To finish with the qualification Minster Centre Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling:

Third Year: £5995
Fourth Year: £3935

To finish with Middlesex University MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling:

Third Year (£5995 plus £761 Middlesex fee): £6756
Fourth Year (£3935 plus £761 Middlesex fee): £4696*

*We are currently reviewing the Research element of the course which may result in fees in Third Year being reduced and those in Fourth Year increasing.

Students who register for an MA also pay an MA Registration fee in both their 3rd & 4th years. The fee is set by Middlesex University and is handed over to Middlesex by the Minster Centre. These fees cannot be refunded. In 2019 the fee will be £761.

Course fees are subject to annual inflation. Once you have started a course we will endeavour to keep fee increases in subsequent years as low as possible. Increases may occur to reflect changes to the course, changes in the requirements of accrediting organisations, inflation, staff pay rises or other increases to the cost of providing the course.

For more details on fees and financial terms and conditions click on the Fees button below.

A non-refundable deposit of £700 is payable to secure your place once offered. Fees are payable by bank transfer, cheque or card and are non-refundable if you attend beyond the first half term. Fees may be paid in instalments.

Fees include supervision of training clients, one DBS check, common room facilities and refreshments, access to the library and on-line resources, insurance for seeing clients through the Minster Centre Psychotherapy and Counselling Service.

The following course related costs are not included in the fees:
personal therapy, placement supervision (usually but not always provided by the placement), any additional costs associated with placements, the provision of consulting rooms for seeing training clients, assessment of resubmitted coursework. Personal therapy can cost from £50 per session upwards in London, sometimes less outside London. In addition, you will need to budget for the purchase of key books each year (these are texts you will need to refer to frequently) and travel to the Centre, to placements and to therapy. Depending on the topics you choose for your written assessments you may need to buy books or internet access to articles, or access books, articles or other resources through the British Library or other specialist libraries. You will also need a secure means of audio recording client work, ideally this will be on a password protected and encrypted digital recorder, prices start from around £215.

Once you have an Agreement to Practice you will need to arrange private supervision for any private clients and you will need to take out professional indemnity insurance which costs £80-100 per year.

Accommodation and living costs are not included in fees and, as all our students are part time, we do not have on-site accommodation. The Centre has no parking available for students unless you have a blue badge. The Centre is close to public transport. We cannot guarantee that the timing of courses will not require peak time travel.

Financial Support

If you register on the MA you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Student Loan. These are Government funded student loans for students on Masters courses of up to £10,609 to help with fees and living costs. These are not based on income and are paid directly to you. There are personal eligibility requirements which are determined by the Government, for instance, you have to be under 60 and not already have an MA, you will need to repay the loan plus interest and repayments will be based on your income. More information loans and how to apply can be found here:

http://media.slc.co.uk/sfe/nysf/pgl/sfe_pgl_main_guide_1617_d.pdf

and

https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan/overview.

The Minster Centre also offers some bursaries. Click here for more details on Funding.

Venue

The Minster Centre is a five minute walk from Queens Park Tube (Bakerloo line) and Rail Overground Station and a 10-15 min walk from Brondesbury Park Station.

How to Apply

You apply directly to The Minster Centre via the online application form below.
Please ensure each section is fully completed in order for your application to be considered for this course.

All candidates are selected by individual interview with two senior staff members. The interview fee is £95 and is paid upon application.

If you have any further questions please see our FAQs page or email us on [email protected].

Course Handbook

MA/PG Dip Professional Practice Counselling & Psychotherapy (Advanced Clinical Practice)

Key Information

This course is for qualified therapists and counsellors, who want to update their knowledge, gain a higher-level qualification and reflect in-depth on their clinical practice.

Start Date: 10 January 2020

See the full information about this course

About the Course

This course is for qualified therapists and counsellors, who are looking for an opportunity to update their knowledge, gain a higher-level qualification and reflect in-depth on their practice. Teaching will be given via seminars on theory as well as through experiential learning sessions. Students will have the opportunity to integrate new perspectives into their clinical work with ongoing in-house supervision groups. In addition, seminars on contemporary theories will be delivered by experts in the field.

The course is designed to meet the requirements of busy professionals, with the teaching taking place in weekend blocks.

Students will be able to sign up for either the one year Post Graduate Diploma or the two-year MA programme, both of which are validated by Middlesex University.

Course Content

Two core academic modules which develop students’ in-depth knowledge of some of the most significant contemporary theories as well as advancing their understanding of the inter-relationship between theory, their own personal history and their clinical practice.

Two core practicum (clinical) modules which encourage students’ development as ethical integrative practitioners, able to draw on their own capacity to make therapeutic use of the relational encounter.

Support from a personal tutor.

Forms of assessment include case studies, client logs, self-reflective accounts, live assessment, a 40-minute presentation and a 15,000-word dissertation.

The course requires that the student completes a minimum of 60 hours supervised clinical practice with long term clients and 20 hours in-house supervision across the two Practicum modules.

 

Clinical Practice and Placements

Students will agree suitable long-term clients with their programme clinical supervisor. Students may use work undertaken with private clients, in the course of their employment (with suitable agreement with their employers), students seen in placements or through the Minster Centre Psychotherapy and Counselling Service (MCPCS).

Students are responsible for securing a placement but will receive advice and guidance from the Placement Coordinator. You will need an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. One DBS check is included within your course fees and will be organised with you in the second year. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist each case is considered on an individual basis. You will be given an opportunity at your selection interview to discuss this with your interviewers. For more information about DBS checks see here.

Accreditation

Both the PG Dip and MA are quality assured by Middlesex University.

Assessment

There is one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessment associated with each module. Assessment methods include essays, portfolios, presentations, reflective accounts, case studies and live assessment of a recorded piece of clinical work, and (for the MA) a 15,000 word dissertation. Support and guidance is given for each assessment.

Assessment is by course tutors, except for the Live Assessment, which is assessed by examiners not teaching on this programme.

In addition to formal assessment of written work, tutors and supervisors assess students’ experiential and clinical work.

All marking is moderated and we also have an external examiner to ensure that marking is fair and consistent. You will receive feedback on all formal assessments to support your learning.

Course Leader(s)

Andrew Sutton

Course Dates and Times

For the Post Graduate Diploma, the teaching is delivered over 10 weekend blocks, comprising three full days on Fridays and Sundays (10am to 5.30pm), Saturdays (10am to 4.30pm) in the first year.

Students registered and continuing on for the MA will attend an extra three weekends on research awareness and methods during the first year, which lead to undertaking a piece of independent research, in the second year. This will be overseen by a research supervisor and supported by the course staff.

In addition, in the second year MA students attend a further nine days of teaching which may be on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. PG Dip students will attend a further three days of training in the Second Year.

The course dates are:
10, 11, 12 January 2020
14, 15, 16 February 2020
13, 14, 15 March 2020
3, 4, 5 April 2020
15, 16, 17 May 2020
5, 6, 7 June 2020 (5 June all students attend, 6 and 7 June are for MA students only)
3, 4, 5 July 2020
31 July and 1, 2 August 2020
11, 12, 13 September 2020
9, 10, 11 October 2020 (9 Oct all students attend, 10 and 11 Oct are for MA students only)
30, 31 October and 1 November 2020
21, 22 November 2020 (MA students only)
4, 5, 6 December 2020

Course Length

16 months for Post Graduate Diploma or 2 years for the MA programme, part-time.

Who Is It For

Qualified therapists and counsellors who are looking for an opportunity to update their knowledge, gain a higher-level qualification and reflect in-depth on their practice.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate significant clinical experience, including at least one year of practice post qualification. Students must also demonstrate recent self-development work, usually personal therapy, and will be required to undertake weekly one to one therapy during the course.

Entry Requirements

  • You must hold a professional qualification in counselling or psychotherapy (BACP or UKCP accredited course or equivalent).
  • You must be able to demonstrate significant clinical experience, including at least one year of practice post qualification.
  • You must be able to demonstrate recent self-development work, usually personal therapy, and will be required to undertake weekly one to one therapy during the course.
  • If you do not have a first degree you will need to demonstrate that you can produce work to MA standards, either through results in previous professional training or through equivalent training or experience.
  • You must have competence in the English language. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate a capacity to study in English either through your written and practical work during previous training at the Minster Centre, or in your application and interview and through qualifications such as IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).
  • You will need an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, if you don’t already have one. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist each case is considered on an individual basis. You will be given an opportunity at your selection interview to discuss this with your interviewers. For more information about DBS checks see here.
  • We are not able to consider applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study.

Accredited Prior Experience and Learning (APEL)

We do not offer an APEL option for this programme.

Qualifications

On successful completion all academic and course requirements students may exit from the programme with either a:

  • PG Diploma in Professional Practice (Advanced Clinical Practice)

Or

  • MA Professional Practice, Counselling & Psychotherapy (Advanced Clinical Practice)

Qualification can also lead to UKCP accreditation.

Career Prospects

Graduates of The Minster Centre can be found working successfully all over the UK and abroad. As well as private practice, graduates often work with a variety of client groups in the NHS; in schools, colleges and universities; organisations such as MIND and other charitable foundations; and as tutors in other training organisations.

MA graduates could go on to higher-level study on doctoral programmes.

Fees

Fees for 2020:

PG Dip: £6506 (£5745 plus £761 Middlesex Registration).

First Year of MA: £4634 (£3873 plus £761 Middlesex Registration).

Second Year of MA: The second year fees will be the same as the first year plus any increase for unavoidable costs such as inflation and any increase in Middlesex Registration fees.

We offer a 15% discount to Minster Centre members (graduates and those who
maintain their UKCP membership through the Centre). The discount does not apply to the Middlesex University registration fee (£761).

Course fees are subject to annual inflation. Once you have started a course we will endeavour to keep fee increases in subsequent years as low as possible.

For more details on fees and financial terms and conditions click on the Fees button below.

A non-refundable deposit of £700 is payable to secure your place once offered. Fees are payable by bank transfer, cheque or card and are non-refundable if you attend beyond the first half term. Fees may be paid in instalments.

Fees include supervision of training clients, one DBS check, common room facilities and refreshments, access to the library and on-line resources, insurance for seeing client through The Minster Centre Psychotherapy and Counselling Service.

The following course related costs are not included in the fees:
personal therapy, placement supervision (usually but not always provided by the placement), any additional costs associated with placements, the provision of consulting rooms for seeing training clients, assessment of resubmitted coursework. Personal therapy can cost from £50 per session upwards in London, sometimes less outside London. In addition, you will need to budget for the purchase of key books each year (these are texts you will need to refer to frequently) and travel to the Centre, to placements and to therapy. Depending on the topics you choose for your written assessments you may need to buy books or internet access to articles, or access books, articles or other resources through the British Library or other specialist libraries. You will also need a secure means of audio recording client work, ideally this will be on a password protected and encrypted digital recorder, prices start from £215.

Accommodation and living costs are not included in fees and, as all our students are part time, we do not have on-site accommodation. The Centre has no parking available for students unless you have a blue badge. The Centre is close to public transport. We cannot guarantee that the timing of courses will not require peak time travel.

Financial Support

If you register on the MA you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Student Loan. These are Government funded student loans for students on Masters courses of up to £10,609 to help with fees and living costs. These are not based on income and are paid directly to you. There are personal eligibility requirements which are determined by the Government, for instance, you have to be under 60 and not already have an MA, you will need to repay the loan plus interest and repayments will be based on your income. More information loans and how to apply can be found here:

http://media.slc.co.uk/sfe/nysf/pgl/sfe_pgl_main_guide_1617_d.pdf

and

https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan/overview.

For a full breakdown of the course fees and financial terms and conditions see here.

Venue

The Minster Centre is a 5 minute walk from Queens Park Tube (Bakerloo line) and Rail Overground Station and 10-15 min walk from Brondesbury Park Station.

How to Apply

You apply directly to The Minster Centre via the online application form below. Please note: we operate a rolling admission process. EARLY APPLICATION IS RECOMMENDED.

Please ensure each section is fully completed in order for your application to be considered for this course. If you have any further questions please see our FAQs page or email us on [email protected].

Applicants are offered an individual interview with a senior staff member in order to assess suitability for training. The interview fee is £95.

Course Handbook

MA/PG Dip Professional Practice Counselling & Psychotherapy (Supervision)

Key Information

This course is designed for qualified therapists and counsellors from any modality who wish to undertake a training in supervision and obtain a postgraduate qualification.

Start Dates: 24 January 2020

See the full information about this course

About the Course

This course is designed for practicing psychotherapists and counsellors who want to become clinical supervisors and obtain a post-graduate qualification. The programme will allow counsellors and psychotherapists from any modality to train as supervisors. Students’ learning is supported through experiential work and a significant amount of direct tutor contact.

The Minster Centre prides itself on offering small study groups, personal attention and a friendly, supportive learning environment which encourages personal development. Applicants are not required to have been in recent academic training in order to be considered for a place on this course.

Students will be able to sign up for either the one year Post Graduate Diploma or the two-year MA programme, both of which are validated by Middlesex University. The course will follow the same syllabus as the Minster Centre Supervision Diploma for the first three modules with the addition of a further clinical supervision module for the PG Dip. Students registered and continuing on for the MA will attend an extra three weekends on research awareness and methods which lead to undertaking a piece of independent research, in the second year. This will be overseen by a research supervisor and supported by the course staff.

Course Content

Two core academic modules which develop students’ in-depth knowledge of the main theoretical concepts of effective supervision plus opportunities for students to integrate this knowledge into their practice.

Two Supervision Skills-in-practice (Practicum) modules which lay the foundations for effective and ethical supervisory practice and explores supervisory procedural issues relating to clinical responsibility, contracting, risk assessment, auditing and professional record keeping.

For MA students – teaching in research methods and ethics and research supervision will prepare students to complete a 15,000 word dissertation.

Forms of assessment include an essay, case report, reflective assignments, a 40-minute presentation, a 15,000-word dissertation and a portfolio.

This course requires that the student completes a minimum of 40 hours supervision practice and 21 hours supervision of supervision across both practicum modules (1&2).

Supervision Practice and Placements

Students will agree suitable supervisee and supervision of supervision arrangements with course tutors. Students may use work undertaken with private supervisees in the course of their employment (with suitable agreement with their employers) or supervisees seen in placements. Students are responsible for securing a placement but will receive advice and guidance from the Placement Coordinator.

 

Accreditation

The Post Graduate Diploma and the MA programme are validated by Middlesex University. The programme also meets both the UKCP requirements for supervision training and the BACP Counselling Supervision Training Curriculum.

Assessment

There is one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessment associated with each module. Assessment methods include essays, portfolios, presentations, reflective accounts and case reports and (for the MA) a 15,000 word dissertation. Support and guidance is given for each assessment.

Assessment is by course tutors. All marking is moderated and we also have an external examiner to ensure that marking is fair and consistent. You will receive feedback on all formal assessments to support your learning.

In addition to formal assessment of written work, tutors and supervisors assess students’ experiential and clinical work.

Course Leader(s)

Sue Murphy

Course Dates and Times

For the Post Graduate Diploma, the teaching is delivered over seven weekend blocks between January and July, comprising Friday evenings (6.30 to 9pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (10am to 5pm), followed by six further weekend days and additional on-line supervision of supervision and CPD to be agreed individually .

Students registered and continuing on for the MA will attend a further three weekends on research awareness and methods which lead to undertaking a piece of independent research, in the second year. This will be overseen by a research supervisor and supported by the course staff.

The course dates are:

24, 25, 26 January 2020
21, 22, 23 February 2020
20, 21, 22 March 2020
17, 18, 19 April 2020
15, 16, 17 May 2020
19, 20, 21 June 2020
10, 11, 12 July 2020

There are also three further Weekend Teaching Blocks on the dates below:

September TBC – Friday/Saturday/Sunday (PG Diploma students will not attend on Friday).
November TBC – Friday/Saturday/Sunday (PG Diploma students will not attend on Friday).
December TBC – Friday/Saturday/Sunday (PG Diploma students will not attend on Friday).

In addition students who have registered for the MA (and not the PG Diploma) will need to attend a Research Training weekend workshop, date TBC.

Course Length

1 year for Post Graduate Diploma or 2 years for the MA programme.

Who Is It For

This course is for people who:

  • Have a professional qualification in counselling or psychotherapy (UKCP or BACP accredited course or equivalent) and wish to train clinical supervisors.
  • Qualified therapists who want to advance their careers through acquiring a postgraduate level qualification.

Entry Requirements

  • You must hold a professional qualification in counselling or psychotherapy (BACP or UKCP accredited course or equivalent).
  • You must have been in clinical practice for at least three years.
  • You will need to practice supervision or work in a supervisory capacity during the course.
  • If you do not have a first degree you will need to demonstrate that they can produce work to MA standards, either through results in previous professional training or through equivalent training or experience.
  • You must have competence in the English language. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate a capacity to study in English either through your written and practical work during previous training at the Minster Centre, or in your application and interview and through qualifications such as IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).
  • We are not able to consider applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study.
  • ‘You will need an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, if you don’t already have one. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist each case is considered on an individual basis. You will be given an opportunity at your selection interview to discuss this with your interviewers. For more information about DBS checks see here.

Accredited Prior Experience and Learning (APEL)

Applicants who have undertaken previous relevant training or who have had significant relevant experience (deemed to be equivalent to a postgraduate level) may be able to apply for exemption from one or more modules. For more information see our APEL Policy.

Qualifications

On successful completion of all academic and course requirements combined with the fulfilment of the specific practice requirements, students may exit from the programme with either a:

  • PG Diploma in Professional Practice, Counselling & Psychotherapy (Supervision)

Or

  • MA Professional Practice, Counselling & Psychotherapy (Supervision)

Career Prospects

Graduates of The Minster Centre can be found working successfully all over the UK and abroad. As well as private practice, graduates often work with a variety of client groups in the NHS; in schools, colleges and universities; organisations such as MIND and other charitable foundations; and as tutors in other training organisations.

MA graduates could go on to higher-level study on doctoral programmes.

Fees

Fees for 2020:

PG Dip: £6195 in total (£5434 plus £761 Middlesex Registration fee).
First Year of MA: £4634 in total (£3873 plus £761 Middlesex Registration fee)
Second Year of MA: The second year fees will be the same as the first year plus any increase for unavoidable costs such as inflation and any increase in Middlesex Registration fees.

We offer a 15% discount to Minster Centre members (graduates and those who maintain their UKCP membership through the Centre). The discount does not apply to the Middlesex University registration fee (£761).

Course fees are subject to annual inflation. Once you have started a course we will endeavour to keep fee increases in subsequent years as low as possible.

For more details on fees and financial terms and conditions click on the Fees button below.

A non-refundable deposit of £700 is payable to secure your place once offered. Fees are payable by bank transfer, cheque or card and are non-refundable if you attend beyond the first half term. Fees may be paid in instalments.

Fees include supervision of training clients, one DBS check, common room facilities and refreshments, access to the library and on-line resources, insurance for seeing client through the Minster Centre Psychotherapy and Counselling Service.

The following course related costs are not included in the fees:
Eleven hours of supervision of supervision, any additional costs associated with placements, the provision of consulting rooms for seeing supervisees, assessment of resubmitted coursework. In addition, you will need to budget for the purchase of key books (these are texts you will need to refer to frequently) and travel to the Centre and to placements. Depending on the topics you choose for your written assessments you may need to buy books or internet access to articles, or access books, articles or other resources through the British Library or other specialist libraries.

Accommodation and living costs are not included in fees and, as all our students are part time, we do not have on-site accommodation. The Centre has no parking available for students unless you have a blue badge. The Centre is close to public transport. We cannot guarantee that the timing of courses will not require peak time travel.

Financial Support

If you register on the MA you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Student Loan. These are Government funded student loans for students on Masters courses of up to £10,609 to help with fees and living costs. These are not based on income and are paid directly to you. There are personal eligibility requirements which are determined by the Government, for instance, you have to be under 60 and not already have an MA, you will need to repay the loan plus interest and repayments will be based on your income. More information loans and how to apply can be found here:

http://media.slc.co.uk/sfe/nysf/pgl/sfe_pgl_main_guide_1617_d.pdf

and

https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan/overview.

For a full breakdown of the course fees and financial terms and conditions see here.

Venue

The Minster Centre is a 5 minute walk from Queens Park Tube (Bakerloo line) and Rail Overground Station and 10-15 min walk from Brondesbury Park Station.

How to Apply

You apply directly to The Minster Centre via the online application form below. Please note: we operate a rolling admission process. EARLY APPLICATION IS RECOMMENDED.

Please ensure each section is fully completed in order for your application to be considered for this course. If you have any further questions please see our FAQs page or email us on [email protected].

Applicants are offered an individual interview with a senior staff member in order to assess suitability for training. The interview fee is £95.

Course Handbook

Diploma in Integrative Supervision

Key Information

A flexible professional training route for counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to obtain a supervision qualification.

Start Dates: 24 January 2020

See the full information about this course

About the Course

This course is designed for practicing psychotherapists and counsellors who want to develop their professional skills to offer clinical supervision. The programme will allow counsellors and psychotherapists from any modality to train as supervisors.

This course provides a solid foundation in the theory and practice of supervision drawing on the model outlined by Shohet & Hawkins in Supervision in the Helping Professions (2002) and the developmental model proposed by Stoltenberg and McNeill. It provides a structure which contains theoretical, experiential and practice components and aims to enable the supervisor to work with counsellors and/or psychotherapists who may have trained in a variety of different orientations.

Course Content

Two core academic modules which develop students’ in-depth knowledge of the main theoretical concepts of effective supervision plus opportunities for students to integrate this knowledge into their practice.

Skills-in-practice component which lays the foundations for effective and ethical supervisory practice and explores supervisory procedural issues relating to clinical responsibility, contracting, risk assessment, auditing and professional record keeping.

Forms of assessment include a 4000 word essay, a Portfolio containing supervision logs and a progress report.

This course requires that the student engages in a minimum of 40 hours supervision practice and 20 hours supervision of supervision.

Supervision Practice and Placements

Students will agree suitable supervisee and supervision of supervision
arrangements with course tutors. Students may use work undertaken with
supervisees in their private practice or with supervisees in the course of their
employment (with suitable agreement with their employers) or supervisees seen
in placements. Students are responsible for securing a placement but will receive advice and guidance from the Placement Coordinator.

Accreditation

The course meets both the UKCP requirements for supervision training and the BACP Counselling Supervision Training Curriculum.

Assessment

Assessment is by Minster Centre staff. In addition to formal assessment of essays, tutors and supervisors assess students’ experiential and clinical work.

Course Leader(s)

Sue Murphy

Course Dates and Times

The teaching takes place over weekend blocks: Fridays 6.30pm – 9.00pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10.00am – 5.00pm.

24, 25, 26 January 2020
21, 22, 23 February 2020
20, 21, 22 March 2020
17, 18, 19 April 2020
15, 16, 17 May 2020
19, 20, 21 June 2020
10, 11, 12 July 2020

 

Course Length

7 weekends Jan -July, plus supervision practice and written work to completed over 1 year.

Who Is It For

Practising counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to obtain a supervision qualification.

Entry Requirements

Applicants need to possess a professional qualification in counselling/psychotherapy (BACP, UKCP accredited or equivalent) and have been in practice for at least three years.

Students will need to practise supervision or work in a supervisory capacity during the course. Students gain most from the course if the supervision placement or work is arranged prior to, or as near to the start of the course as possible. The Minster Centre can assist with suggesting practice placements.

You will need an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, if you don’t already have one. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist each case is considered on an individual basis. You will be given an opportunity at your selection interview to discuss this with your interviewers. For more information about DBS checks see here.

Qualifications

Minster Centre Diploma in Supervision

Career Prospects

Graduates of The Minster Centre can be found working successfully all over the UK and abroad. As well as private practice, graduates often work with a variety of client groups in the NHS; in schools, colleges and universities; organisations such as MIND and other charitable foundations; and as tutors in other training organisations.

Fees

Fees for 2020: £2863

We offer a 15% discount to Minster Centre members (graduates and those who maintain their UKCP membership through the Centre). The discount does not apply to the Middlesex University registration fee (£761).

For a full breakdown of the course fees and financial terms and conditions please click on the Fees button below:

Venue

The Minster Centre is a 5 minute walk from Queens Park Tube (Bakerloo line) and Rail Overground Station and 10-15 min walk from Brondesbury Park Station.

How to Apply

You apply directly to The Minster Centre via the online application form below. Please note: we operate a rolling admission process. EARLY APPLICATION IS RECOMMENDED.

Please ensure each section is fully completed in order for your application to be considered for this course. If you have any further questions please see our FAQs page or email us on [email protected].

Applicants are offered an individual interview with a senior staff member in order to assess suitability for training. The interview fee is £95.

Course Handbook

Open Days and Evenings

Come to one of our Open Events to find out more about our professional training courses. There’ll be Q & A sessions with tutors and current students, advice on the application process, plus an opportunity to look around the building. Our events are also designed to give you a taste of the kind of experiential training we offer. Each open event runs for two hours.

Testimonials

"I thought there was a good balance between teaching, experiential work, role play and discussion and the different characters of the course facilitators complemented the overall process very well."

"The structure was excellent, boundaried, clear and always seemed to get consolidated and with a constant view on integration. Excellent, I'd recommend this to anyone."

"The course fully met my expectations. I learn best from a mixture of theory, practice and experiential, which I felt the course gave in a balanced way."