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MSc Integrative Psychotherapy


Course Description

COURSE OVERVIEW
This MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy is an accredited training programme with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

WHY SHOULD I STUDY THIS COURSE?
• The course offers those wishing to become psychotherapists the opportunity to study at MSc level and for existing therapists to learn and train at a deeper theoretical and clinical level that will develop and advance their skills and knowledge as an Integrative Psychotherapist, with UKCP accreditation as the final goal.
• Through, and with, the guidance of experienced staff at both theoretical and clinical levels you will be encouraged to become reflective practitioners.
• To meet UKCP requirements and to provide the depth of training necessary, this course is structured to provide one day a week attendance at the university through each year of training. The University is working to develop a regional expert resource base that is founded on advanced clinical theory and practice.
• This course is aimed at practitioners in the field who wish to strengthen their academic and practice bases through the critical and reflective analysis of the practice of Integrative Psychotherapy.

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSE?
The course is aimed at ensuring you are prepared to practice safely and effectively within the context of psychotherapy, adhering to the UKCP ethical framework. Participants bring a wide range of experiences and knowledge, and part of our core aims is to create an atmosphere of critical self-analysis and learning that will strengthen and nurture a deeper understanding of your self-integration as a psychotherapist.

KEY FACTS
As an accredited training programme of UKCP you will find us listed under the Universities Training College as affiliated to the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association. The course is managed and taught by experienced and practicing clinicians that bring the reality of client experience into the training.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
You must satisfy the minimum entry requirements of the programme, which are as follows:

Standard Graduate Certificate Course Entry Requirements:
•A degree in psychology or a related discipline (such as sociology, philosophy, etc.);
Or
•A non-relevant degree (such as education, etc.) but also some appropriate training and/or work/life experience;
Or
•A qualification in one of the helping professions (such as psychiatric nursing at level 5 or level 6, probation, social work, teaching, etc.);

Standard Post Graduate Programme Course Entry Requirements:
• Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate Integrative Psychotherapy programme, or Level 6 equivalent in order to meet the learning outcomes of the Graduate Certificate stage;

•A counselling diploma or equivalent qualification that meets the learning outcomes of the Graduate Certificate stage;
And one of the following:

•A degree in psychology or a related discipline (such as sociology philosophy, etc.);
Or
•A non-relevant degree (such as education, etc.) but also some appropriate training and/or work/life experience;
Or
•A qualification in one of the helping professions (such as psychiatric nursing at level 5 or level 6, probation, social work, teaching, etc.);

Non-Standard entry:
In the event that any of the above entry requirements are not met, candidates may need to evidence the entry requirements through an interview and a portfolio of achievement. Candidates can apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL) from each module on the programme.

In the interview and portfolio of achievement the candidate will need to have met the learning outcomes of the stage of the programme they wish to APEL. The Course Director will need to be assured that the candidate is able to grasp the techniques of scholarship required.

COURSE STRUCTURE
You will be required to undertake 110 hours of contact time in university (this includes group process, theory, clinical skills practice and professional development) and 110 hours of self-study for each single module.

Students will attend university one day per week: Graduate Certificate stage on Tuesdays, Postgraduate Certificate stage on Thursdays, Postgraduate Diploma stage on Wednesdays, MSc stage on Mondays. The programme runs from the beginning of October through to the end of May. You can complete the course in a maximum of five years.

In July there are a series of workshops which students from across all years can attend; these workshops are not compulsory and there are no additional costs for these workshops.

As a part-time student you will need to allow time for assignments. A further 120 hours of self-directed study per module will be required. From the Graduate Certificate Stage of the programme you will be required to have 40 hours personal therapy with a UKCP registered psychotherapist. Additional time will be required in the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc stage to see clients and attend supervision.

ASSESSMENT
A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the programme, including presentations, essays, audio recordings, case studies and a research proposal. The MSc final year stage is assessed by a project (includes a small scale research project and taped transcript).

To qualify for the MSc students must pass all modules and have completed the equivalent of 40 hours per year of personal therapy and have accumulated 300 hours of clinical work with supervision hours equating to at least one supervision hour for every six clinical hours. For UKCP registration the clinical hours must be 450 hours.

Students are able to register post qualification with the University to gain any extra hours needed for UKCP registration.

EMPLOYABILITY
It is expected that graduates may go on to occupy key positions as expert clinicians, developing both psychotherapy services and influencing current health and social care delivery systems.

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

Entry Requirements

Psychotherapy is a postgraduate profession and candidates are required to demonstrate that they are able to work at postgraduate level. Candidates that do not hold the required academic entry requirements will need to demonstrate through their life experiences and previous endeavours that they are able to commit successfully to study at post graduate level.

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