Postgraduate Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

This two-year integrative counselling and psychotherapy course, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), emphasises the integration of theory, research, therapeutic practice, and a commitment to self-awareness, to help you develop into a professionally qualified counsellor and psychotherapist that is safe, creative and ethically sound. The course has a long tradition of preparing students to be versatile and adaptable in their therapeutic practice, in order to meet the individual needs of different client groups and placement agencies.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy is designed to serve as a professional qualification for students seeking a career as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist working in the private, public and/or voluntary sectors.

The Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy course facilitates students in developing a critically analytical and evaluative understanding of integrative counselling and psychotherapy theory and practice, with a view to them developing their own coherent, ethical and effective approach to their own professional practice.

The course is underpinned by a relational integrative approach that reflects Person-Centred, Existential, Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioural ways of working.

Study Mode
2024
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
2025
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C

Year One

  • Integrative Counselling Theory and Practice: Introduces the theory and foundational skills of the humanistic person-centred and existential approaches, whilst also setting the firm foundations of the ethical and legal frameworks within which counsellors and psychotherapists are duty bound to work. 20 credits.
  • Applied Integrative Counselling Theory and Practice: Introduces the theory and foundational skills of the relational psychodynamic approach. In addition, students begin to learn how to integrate approaches within applied therapeutic practice with real client issues. 20 credits
  • Personal and Professional Development: This module places emphasis on self awareness, patterns of relating with others, working with unhelpful aspects of self in addition to working with the challenge of giving and receiving feedback. 20 credits

Year Two

  • Advanced Integrative Counselling Theory and Skills: Introduces the theory and foundational skills of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Third Wave approaches, such as mindfulness, CFT and ACT. The module also provides an overview of models and approaches to working with mental health, e.g. Medical Model, Bio-Psycho-Socio-Spiritual Model as well as more Trauma-Informed approaches. 20 credits.
  • Advanced Applied Theory and Practice: This module focuses more on working integratively with a range of client issues typically found in professional practice e.g. grief and loss, domestic abuse, complex trauma. There is also a focus on developing research skills in preparation for completing a research project. 20 credits.
  • Advanced Personal and Professional Practice: This module places emphasis on engaging with and facilitating safe, ethical and effective group work. 20 credits.

On successful completion of the two year Diploma phase, you can choose whether to proceed to the final research year and Master's thesis. See our MA Integrated Counseling and Psychotherapy for more information.

Teaching

Classes include interactive theoretical lectures, experiential workshops, personal development groups, role play, simulated skills groups, and digital recording of skills sessions for assessment and presentation purposes.

In addition, you will need to be in a placement location seeing 'real' clients throughout the course (once you have been assessed as ready to practice) and you will need to have completed at least 100 hours of supervised counselling and psychotherapy practice by the end of the two years. There is a BACP requirement that you should have fortnightly supervision for your counselling and psychotherapy practice and a minimum of 1.5 hours supervision a month.

We expect students to attend all teaching sessions, and there is a minimum requirement of 80% attendance for successful completion of the course.

Assessment

A range of assessment is used on the Postgraduate Diploma course to test your knowledge, skills, self-awareness and therapeutic practice ability.

Year One: Online Simulation of a 50 minute Counselling and Psychotherapy Session, Critical Skills Report, Essay, a Portfolio of Professional Practice including Personal Development Reflections.

Year Two: Essay, In-Person 50 minute Counselling & Psychotherapy Session, Critical Skills Report, Case Study, Research Proposal, Professional Practice Portfolio including the Facilitation of a Group Activity.

Placements

Placements may be available (by application / interview) within our Helen Kegie Centre for Therapies, operating from the University Newport Campus.

Facilities

We offer a suite of light and airy teaching rooms used by the counselling and psychotherapy courses, digital recording facilities and the use of a suite of specialist counselling and psychotherapy therapeutic practice rooms.

Personal Therapy

Students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy must engage with personal therapy to help with their personal and professional development as a counsellor and psychotherapist; you will need to arrange and pay for this yourself. It is a requirement of the course that students receive a minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy through the two academic years of the course.

Lecturers

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling Skills or equivalent
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Adult Workforce and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)
  • Two references uploaded with your application (one from your previous/current Counselling tutor)*
  • A degree or a qualification at Level 6 or above
  • The criteria for a suitable placement will be discussed at interview and we will provide you with information about organisations who regularly accept integrative counselling students on placement. You will need to organise the placement for yourself but our placement team are available for advice and support.

* The references must be on letter headed paper or the referee can send them direct from a professional/work email address to [email protected]

 

Interview Dates for 2024:

A face-to-face interview is required for this counselling course. The interview process involves a brief demonstration of your counselling skills in role play format, 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.

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3rd July

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 2024 - July 2025 Fees


  • Part-time UK:  £1140 per 20 credits

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees


  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £55.42
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Personal Therapy £25 - £55
10 hours therapy per academic year. Cost is per session.
Other: Personal Supervision £30 - £65
Some agencies require you to pay for the 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.
Professional body student fees *
Cost varies depending on the organisation

Funding

Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

Although building the supervised practise hours to achieve BACP personal accreditation will require more therapeutic practice experience, having successfully completed the formal training hours and assignments, for both year 1 and 2 you will be ready to look for work in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy and eligible for BACP personal professional registration.

Former students from the course have found positions in many settings within the NHS, Private Health Care Organisations, Local Authorities, the Voluntary Sector and in Private Practice.