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Integrative Psychotherapy MSc

Course Description


The MSc Integrative Psychotherapy, leading to professional registration with UKCP in Psychotherapy or Psychotherapeutic Counselling, is suitable if you are a graduate and wish to achieve professional registration in psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling. UKCP operates separate registers for practitioners who work with young people and adults, and successful completion of this programme leads to entry onto either of these specialist registers. A 60 credit Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling Skills is also available to enable you to develop your clinical skills in psychotherapy, and provides a bridge to the MSc programme for applicants without prior clinical qualifications.

What does the course cover?

Programme content is based on the professional requirements for either child or adult practitioners, but both specialisms also share certain common components. To meet UKCP accreditation requirements, you will develop a portfolio to evidence your skills and learning throughout the programme. This portfolio will form the basis of your registration with UKCP, via Newman’s professional accrediting partner, the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy. In line with professional requirements governing training duration, students with no previous clinical experience could qualify as psychotherapeutic counsellors after 3 years of study and as psychotherapists after 4 years, subject to completion of all course components. Training components include clinical placements, supervision, personal therapy, and mental health placements.

Selection of modules

Content is differentiated by client group and need, but topic areas across all programme options include:
• Theories and Theoretical Integration
• Skills and Therapeutic Process
• Clinical Practice and Advanced Clinical Practice
• Human Development
• Perspectives on Mental Health
• Legal and Ethical Issues
• Context, Co-operation and Multi-agency Working
• Neurophysiology
• Mental Health: Wellbeing and Distress
• Research, Evaluation and Monitoring
• Dissertations (for the award of MSc)

The programme is offered on a part-time basis, and includes a substantial number of professional components. An 80% attendance requirement is therefore linked to professional competence and fitness to practice. Learning will be via lectures, workshops, practical activities, online discussions and self-study. Attendance will include some weekday and Saturday components.


Modules will be assessed via a variety of methods including traditional essays, case presentations, personal reflections, journals, and psychotherapy session recordings. The programme as a whole will be assessed via portfolio, based on professionally specified learning outcomes. The final academic component will be a research dissertation.

Special features

• UKCP is the key accrediting body in psychotherapy in the UK. Both Child and Adult routes lead to professional registration. The Child programme is one of a small number nationally, and the only programme in the Midlands that leads to professional registration with UKCP in Child Psychotherapy and Counselling.
• The programme offers a unique combination of academic and professional qualifications. These include two ‘interim’ awards - Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling Studies (level 6) and a PG Cert in Integrative Psychotherapy Studies (level 7), as well as four academic awards leading to professional accreditation, namely: ◦ PG Dip in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling (adult) (level 7) – leading to professional registration on the adult register as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.
◦ PG Dip in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling (level 7) – leading to professional registration on the child register as a Child Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.
◦ MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy (adult), (level 7) – leading to professional registration on the adult register as a Psychotherapist.
◦ MSc in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (level 7) – leading to professional registration on the child register as a Child Psychotherapist.

Completion of additional specified components can lead to professional registration both as a child and an adult practitioner.

• Personal and professional development is a key component of psychotherapy training, and occurs continuously throughout the period of study. As part of this, you will undertake personal therapy throughout the period of training. Personal therapy is self-funded.
• You will be required to gain a total of 450 supervised practice hours, which will be completed as part of your course, enabling you to proceed directly to professional registration upon completion of the course.

Course Fees

UK/EU Total Course Fees as of 2017/18:
MSc £6,865
PG Dip £4,577
PG Cert £2,288

Visit the Integrative Psychotherapy MSc page on the Newman University website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Entry onto the MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy is a postgraduate programme and normally requires a prior first degree (minimum 2:2) and the ability to work at level 7. Applicants with a first degree in Counselling or equivalent may gain direct entry to the MSc, whilst those with a Foundation Degree or Diploma in Counselling may commence the MSc upon successful completion of Newman's BA Top-up award in Integrative Counselling. Additional requirements are: substantial relevant work experience with either children or adults; personal suitability based on personal qualities such as resilience and the aptitude for psychotherapeutic work.

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