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 book onto 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 Supervision for qualified practitioners.

Routes to Qualification

Our Courses

An Introduction to Counselling Skills

Key Information

Course format: We are continuing to offer both online and in-person teaching formats. Please see dates below for details.

About the Course: 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.

For Course Start Dates please click on the tab below.

The Foundation Course at The Minster Centre

Key Information

About the course: 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: Monday 16th September 2024

The Fast Track Foundation Course at The Minster Centre

Key Information

About the course

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: Saturday 17 February 2024

Applications update 27 February 2024: This course has now started, and we are unable to accept any further applications for 2024.

Diploma in Integrative Counselling Course

Key Information

About the course: 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 Date: Tuesday 17th September 2024

Applications update 27 February 2024: We are now fully recruited for September 2024 entry, and the waiting list is full.

MA/Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling

Key Information

Applications update: Our waiting list is full and we are not currently accepting new applications for this course.

IMPORTANT: This programme is only for those who have already obtained a Diploma in Counselling (or equivalent) and are applying for direct entry into Year 3. Please see the section below: Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL).

Coronavirus Response: Please see our COVID-19 FAQS  section which has more details about our plans for delivering our courses from September 2021 onwards.

About the course: 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 Date: Tuesday 19th September 2023

MA/PG Dip Advanced Clinical Practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling (January start)

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: Friday 12th January 2024

MA/PG Dip Advanced Clinical Practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling (September start)

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: Friday 20th September 2024

MA/PG Dip Supervision in Psychotherapy and Counselling

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 Date: Friday 19th January 2024

Diploma in Integrative Supervision

Key Information

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

Start Date: Friday 19th January 2024

Getting to Grips with Groups

Key Information

A five day intensive workshop for people wanting to get more out of the personal development group experience component of counselling and psychotherapy trainings.

Dates: TBC

The application form is currently closed.

Open Days and Evenings

Due to the Coronavirus situation we are hosting Open Days and Evenings via Zoom, for those interested in finding out more about our professional training courses. The online Open Days and Evenings are hosted by one of our Tutors and feature Q & A sessions, the chance to meet a current student and advice on the application process. 

Our events are normally designed to give you a taste of the kind of experiential training we offer. We will try to recreate this as best we can via the online setting. 

Each open event runs for 2 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."

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