This two-year counselling and psychotherapy course, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), emphasises the integration of theory, research, practice, and a commitment to self-awareness to help you develop into a competent, creative and ethically-sound counsellor. The programme has a long tradition of preparing students to be versatile and adaptable in their therapeutic practice to meet the individual needs of different client groups and work settings.
The Postgraduate Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy has been designed to serve as a professional qualification for students seeking a career as a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist working in the statutory and voluntary sectors, in business or private practice.
The Counselling and Psychotherapy course facilitates students in developing a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of integrative counselling practice, with a view to them developing their own coherent, ethical and effective approach to counselling practice, which can be adapted for use in a wide range of settings for short and long term work. On completion, you will be ready to work as a trained integrative therapist.
The core integrative model taught is based on the relational pluralistic approach, comprising of three main elements: the Contemporary Relational Psychodynamic Approach, a Humanistic-Existential approach and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.
After successful completion of the Diploma stage, which is two years, you can choose whether to proceed to the final Masters research and dissertation year. See our MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy for more information.
Classes include interactive theoretical lectures, experiential workshops, personal development groups, role plays, skills groups, digital recording of skills sessions for assessment and presentations.
In addition, you will need to be in placement seeing ‘real’ clients for the duration of the course and will have to have completed a minimum of 100 hours counselling practice by the end of the two years. There is a BACP requirement that you should have fortnightly supervision for your counselling practice and a minimum of 1.5 hours supervision per month.
The postgraduate diploma is taught over 30 days each academic year. For the 2019/20 academic year, the main teaching day will be on a Thursday , with one Wednesday, which is a joint teaching day with the second year students.
In addition, students will be required to attend weekend workshops each academic year. In Year One, there is a residential weekend and a non-residential practice weekend. In year two, there are two non-residential weekends, which cover mental health and advanced practice issues.
We expect that students attend all teaching sessions, and there is a minimum requirement of 80% attendance in order to complete the course successfully.
A range of assessments are used at the PG Diploma stage of this course to test your knowledge, skills, self-awareness and practice ability.
Year One: Two essays, Two skills assessments, a professional practice portfolio, and a personal development review.
Year Two: Essay, skills assessment, a research portfolio, a case study with live client audio, a group project and a professional practice portfolio, a personal development review and a supervisor’s report.
Placements may be available (by application/interview) in SWCAP, the USW counselling service for the local community which operates from the University counselling clinic facilities.
We offer a suite of light and airy teaching rooms used by the counselling / psychotherapy courses, video recording facilities and use of a suite of specialist counselling practice rooms.
Students on the Postgraduate Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy have therapy to help with their personal and professional development as a counsellor; you will need to arrange and pay for this yourself. A course requirement is that students have a minimum of 10 hours personal therapy for each of the two academic years.
Dr Shelley Gait is a registered Counselling Psychologist with the HCPC and Chartered Psychologist with the BPS.
Before her training in counselling psychology, Shelley worked as a social worker in both, child protection and mental health services, with families, children and adolescents.
Shelley currently has her own private clinical practice, having worked in primary and secondary mental health services in the NHS for many years.
Shelley is a relational practitioner, drawing upon Relational Psychodynamics, Systemic and Existential ideas of psychological health and well-being.
Dr Shelley Gait, course leader
An interview is required for this counselling course. The interview process involves a brief demonstration of your counselling skills in role play format, two group exercises, a brief one-to-one interview and a short written submission. This will include the time for you to ask questions and to find out in detail how the programme runs. Applicants are asked to allow half a day for this process. If you are selected to attend an interview we will contact you by e-mail to make a booking. We strongly advise that you book yourself onto the earliest interview date to avoid disappointment as the numbers are limited for each date and are filled on a first come first served basis.
Interview Dates for 2019:
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
August 2019 – July 2020 Fees: USW will be offering a package of financial support for postgraduate study and this will be announced shortly.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£20 - £50||
Encrypted USB stick for video recording
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
|DBS Updating Service||£13||
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended that you sign up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
|Other: Personal Therapy||£25 - £45||
10 hours therapy per academic year. Cost is per session.
|Other: Personal Supervision||£30 - £45||
Some agencies require to pay for supervision required in Year 1 & 2. Cost is per session.
|Other: Professional Indemnity Insurance||£75 - £150||
Cost varies depending on individual circumstances. Each year if not already covered.
|Other: Residential Weekend||£150 - £200||
In Year 1 Approx. Costs
|BACP Membership *||£80|
While more practice experience will be required to build the hours to achieve personal BACP accreditation, having successfully completed the formal training hours and assignments, graduates of the PG Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy will be ready to look for work in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
Former students from the course have enhanced their career profile within their current employment or found new positions in the voluntary sector, in health settings, in Higher or Further Education, in Employment Assistance Programmes (EAPs), in business and in private practice.
The course has a good record of graduates developing portfolio careers, using their adaptable approach to work in a variety of settings. It is also possible to undertake further specialised training in order to work with children and young people, or to apply for a research PhD.