The Psychosexual Therapy course will be delivered by practitioners who have a wealth of psychosexual experience between them. This is currently the most northerly psychosexual course available within the UK.
You’ll be required to take three theoretical modules in year 1, that will prepare you for the practitioner module and you will also need to complete a minimum of 120 hours client work across one academic year. In years 3 & 4 you will undertake a robust piece of empirical research and potentially complete the requisite number of hours for COSRT Psychotherapist Accreditation.
The course takes a Psycho-Bio-Medical Approach to the field of Psychosexual Medicine You will be introduced to the course and basic sexual and relationship theory. You will then study Relationships: Models and Interventions; and Diversity of Psychosexual Needs before taking the Psychosexual Practitioner module that is delivered over one academic year. You’ll also be required to complete an Introduction to Postgraduate Research module. The second year is closely linked to the practice of psychosexual therapy for which you will take a year-long placement in a psychosexual therapy clinic close to your area of employment.
For students who complete the MSc, are successful in completing COSRT accreditation, and who meet UKCP’s further requirements, may be eligible for UKCP registration.
As part of this course you will be required to become student members of COSRT and will therefore receive regular updates with regards to possible employment psychosexual opportunities throughout the UK. In addition, your placement will give you the opportunity to experience a working NHS psychosexual clinic.
Previous graduates of this type of course have advanced to become medical consultants within the NHS, or General Practitioners; within nursing to advance to become specialist nurse practitioners and nurse consultants; within Counselling & Psychotherapy to become consultant psychosexual therapists and to then move into teaching.
To progress onto the MSc from the PGCert students must pass an interview and receive a satisfactory status with a DBS Check. The placement in the second year will give students a wonderful opportunity to experience psychosexual therapy in practice and will also have the opportunity to learn from the required supervision which currently stands at 1.5 hours supervision for every 6 hours client work.
All immediate teaching staff involved with this course were trained on the fore-runner to this programme when it ran at UCLan until 2006 and each achieved a minimum of a pass with Merit. Peter Cardew currently works as a consultant psychosexual therapist in Manchester; Dr Karl Hollows is a Clinical Specialist in Stafford; Janice Lamb now works as a Psychosexual Therapist for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Carole Roberts is now Principal Psychosexual Therapist and Service Lead Psychosexual Service - SHARE – (Sexual Help & Relationship Enhancement) Community Health Services Division, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Students will have the opportunity to undertake a psychosexual placement within an existing NHS Psychosexual Therapy service although students (mainly doctors) who choose to undertake their practice within an existing service will have on going support provided by the university via placement audits and personal tutor support. Within the psychosexual placement you will receive on-going supervisory support in the ration of 1.5 hours supervision/6 hours of client therapy.
In terms of possible career paths, successful graduates will be eligible to apply for positions as a qualified Psychosexual Therapist and to work towards the completion of COSRT/UKCP Accreditation.
Graduates of this programme may wish to progress further onto research-based academic qualifications (e.g. MPhil/PhD).