Graduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Couple and Individual Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (CT2)
This three-year BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) accredited course provides a psychodynamically-orientated clinical and academic training, qualifying you to practice as a psychodynamic couple and individual counsellor and psychotherapist.
You will gain an in-depth training in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and the professional clinical skills to apply these to working with couples and individuals presenting with relationship issues.
Who is this course suitable for?
It is suitable for those of you who have had some relevant work experience, such as in social work, the legal profession, the NHS, voluntary organisations or those who have attended the Introductory Course in Psychodynamic Couple Counselling (PC1).
Alternatively, you may be a trained counsellor or therapist who wants to deepen your expertise in couple work and may be eligible for entry with Advanced Standing into Year Two of the three year training (CT2A).
For entry into Year 1 you will be expected to have a first degree or equivalent professional qualification/experience and relevant work experience (paid or voluntary work in the caring professions or work requiring a high level of interpersonal skills) or to have completed the Introductory Course in Psychodynamic Couple Counselling (PC1).
You will be expected to be in once weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy on commencement of the course.
The course is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is validated by the University of East London (UEL).
Duration and time commitment
3 years, part-time. There may be more time involved to complete the clinical requirements.
Year 1: Graduate Certificate: Wednesdays (6.30 - 9.50pm) and Thursdays (6-8pm) for 36 weeks, including reading weeks. Subject to sufficient demand, there may be the option to undertake some elements during the day on Thursday rather than late Wednesday and Thursday evenings. 1 or 2 Saturday workshops (10-4pm) per term and 20 hours of self-directed seminars/workshops/conferences. Some students may be able to undertake a minimum 3 and half hours per week clinical work & supervision in Term 3.
Years 2 & 3: Postgraduate Diploma: Wednesdays (6.30 - 9.50pm) for 36 weeks, including reading weeks. Minimum 4.5 hours per week clinical work and supervision. 1 or 2 Saturday workshops per term and 20 hours of self-directed seminars/workshops/conferences.
Programme structure and components
- Weekly theory seminars for 3 years
- Weekly self-reflective practice groups in Years 1 & 2
- Experiential learning workshops
- Weekly supervision for 3 years and in 4th year if undertaking clinical work within training
- 300 hours of clinical case work
- Weekly clinical seminars in Year 3 and in 4th year if undertaking clinical work within training
- Written work
- Personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy of at least once a week for the duration of the course
- Support from a personal tutor throughout the course
100% course work including assessment of counselling skills and the input of supervisors, seminar leaders and tutors.
Year 1: Review of seminar paper; DVD project; Training log and journal; Interview to assess preparedness for clinical work.
Year 2: Theory essay; Case study and viva; Professional log and journal
Year 3: Clinical paper; Process recording and viva; Professional log and journal .
There will be ongoing assessment of your clinical work by your clinical supervisor and twice-yearly reports from all teaching staff.
Qualification after successful completion of the course
- You will become a professional couple and individual counsellor and psychotherapist equipped to work in either the statutory or voluntary sector and as a private practitioner in the field of relationship counselling and psychotherapy.
- You will gain a Postgraduate Diploma from UEL and a Clinical Diploma from TCCR.
- You will be eligible to apply for individual accreditation with BACP once the required client hours have been completed
- You will become a full member of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BSCPC)
What can it lead to?
- Entry with Advanced Standing into the MA in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CT1A) and registration with BPC
- Entry into the MA in Attachment, Psychoanalysis and the Couple Relationship (AT1C)
- Entry into the The MSc in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy (CT3) and registration with CORST.
When to apply and course start dates
Fri 31st May, 2013 for advanced standing. Late applications may be considered depending on availability.
Fri 28th June 2013 for year 1. Late applications may be considered depending on availability.
Course start date: September 2013 - exact date TBC.
Completion of application form and attendance at interview.
Who to talk to next?
2013 Course fee: £4,200 One payment annually at course start or 9 x monthly standing order total £4,300 (inc. £100 admin fee)
First payment: 1 x £500
Thereafter 8 x £475
Non EU/EAA Students
2013 Course fee: £5,200 One payment annually at course start or 9 x monthly standing order Total £5,300 (inc. £100 admin fee)
First payment 1 x £620
Thereafter: 8 x £585
The course fees over the three years cover all components of the course, including in-house provision of clients, supervision, clinical administration and provision of practice rooms, seminars, self-reflective practice groups and assessment as well as library facilities.
The course fee will be increased by an inflationary amount in the subsequent two years.
Fourth and subsequent year fees, if applicable, will be computed on the basis of components undertaken. These normally cover fees for supervision, tutorials and clinical seminars.