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Diploma / MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

Diploma / MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

The BCPC Professional training prepares individuals to work as psychotherapists in private practice.

Upon qualification, graduates gain automatic entry to the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) register. BCPC collaborates with Middlesex University London to offer a Masters degree in Integrative Psychotherapy and students on our Professional training will automatically be enrolled.

Location: BCPC, Bath
Course Length: 5 Years
Course Fees: £15,650 over 5 years (installments option available)
Additional Costs: Weekly therapy (£40-50 throughout course)
Start Date: 20th September 2017
Detailed Dates and Fees: Course Information Sheet
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'The combination of academic study, clinical work and personal development remain a great strength in this programme. This results in the creation of clinically proficient, knowledgeable practitioners who have a high level of self-awareness.'  External Examiner for Middlesex University, 2016

Introduction Introduction

BCPC's training approach is based on an informed appreciation of the historical roots of theories within the field, across a spectrum from Humanistic to Psychoanalytic. Experiential learning aims to bring the theoretical concepts alive. This enhances and develops self-awareness and reflectiveness helping BCPC graduates formulate their own synthesis: an individual integration which creates a unique, coherent and considered approach to integrative psychotherapy.

We are also interested in developing contemporary approaches in our training. In 'contemporary psychoanalysis' we find Intersubjective Systems Theory (IST) allows us to expand our Humanistic ethos which accepts the primacy of the client's experience, into a fully relational stance. We embrace IST as an elegant and robust theory which firmly places the relationship at the centre of the therapeutic endeavour, as an organic, lived experience. In contemporary humanistic approaches, we find 'Dialogical Gestalt' highly compatible with IST and have integrated these two theories for the last fifteen years. The 'relational sensibility' that is core in BCPC's identity thus finds a unique integration and theoretical underpinning.

Course Structure Course Structure

The MA / Diploma takes 5 years to complete the taught training, consisting of a Diploma year 1 followed by 4 MA modules. Students have up to 2 years - if required - to submit qualifying papers, but may submit as early as 4 months after completing Module 4.

We require students to be in individual therapy at least weekly with a psychotherapist on our Approved Practitioner Lists throughout the duration of the course, the cost of which is not included in tuition fees. Students are also required to keep a journal. This helps develop self-reflection, and awareness of process which is necessary for the cultivation of an authentic psychotherapeutic relationship with the client.

Individuals admitted onto this programme will embark on a thorough and in depth training that involves:

  • Group building workshops
  • Theoretical and practical seminars
  • Work discussion groups
  • Business meetings
  • Video taped skills sessions for reflection and discussion
  • Peer and individual supervision
  • Teaching of core models of supervision
  • Tutorials
  • Agency placements
  • Guidance for setting up in private practice
  • Specialised core study courses
  • Facilitated learning community
  • Tutoring and feedback in preparation for writing the final submission

Curriculum Curriculum

In the first two years of training the course meets weekly, with 32 day-long meetings within each academic year. Full attendance is recommended. Students are also expected to support their learning by reading all set books for the stage as well as a selection from a broader reading list. We recommend allowing at least six hours per week for study.

Psychotherapy Year 1

The Experiencing Self: A Lifelong Development

In this first year of the professional training students will be introduced to key psychoanalytic ideas and their development since Freud. They will explore the relational and developmental contexts which shape self experience starting from birth. Central to the beginning of the training is to understand the notion of each person’s ‘psychobiography’ and to begin to explore its implications in theory making and in their development as a psychotherapist.

Students work with clients in agency placements where they receive regular supervision. In addition to the placement, students meet for theoretical and practical seminars, workshops, discussion groups, and tutorials.

Each student receives three tutorials during the year (two of 25 minutes and one of 50 minutes), which take place outside the designated course time.

MA Module 1

The Primacy of the Client-Therapist Relationship

Students will register for the MA programme at the beginning of this academic year. They begin to set up in private practice with the support of tutors and supervisors. The agency placement from the previous year is usually dropped during this year to allow room for the private practice to develop. In addition to this, the course meets for a business meeting, theoretical seminars, facilitated peer supervision groups, and a final one-day workshop.
Each student receives three tutorials of 50 minutes which take place outside the designated course time, and are also required to arrange, and meet the cost of, fortnightly supervision sessions outside of course times, initially with core teaching staff and subsequently with one of the supervisors from our Approved Practitioners Lists.

MA Module 2

Development of an Authentic Therapeutic Approach

The course meets three Saturdays per year for group days. In addition to this, students are required to undertake ‘Relational Process’, a 72 hour Core Study Course.
Students in this module continue to develop their private practice and continue in individual and peer supervision. A training contract is established in consultation with the tutor. Overall this year furthers the process of internalising the learning from previous stages while moving into the role of psychotherapist.

Each student receives two tutorials of 50 minutes in the year.

MA Module 3

Integration within the Wider Context

Again the course meets three Saturdays per year for group days. In addition to this, students will undertake a mental health placement, plus one other core course of 36 hours (‘Working with Body Process’ or ‘The Ecological Self’). The individual training contract is renewed and private practice continues to develop with individual and peer supervision.

Each student receives two tutorials of 50 minutes in the year.

MA Module 4

Articulation of Theory, Practice and Personal Experience

The module consists of 18 day-long meetings. It allows for the students, now confident and competent in their practice of psychotherapy, to articulate their own style and theoretical perspective as they continue to prepare for independent practice and the final submission of written work. The student group forms a learning community to develop their thinking and plan their writing. Students are introduced to experiential research methods to identify and define individual research interests/concerns, and are encouraged to find creative means of exploring the dissertation subject area.

Each student receives three tutorials of 50 minutes which take place outside the designated course time.

MA Module 4 (submission)

Integration in Therapeutic Practice

By this stage students should have accrued the 450 hours of practice required to submit their final papers and write a clinical case study. Although generally final submission will happen by the end of this year, we allow a further year for students to submit their final qualifying papers for the MA/Professional Award, since clinical practice develops at its own pace.

Tutorials are arranged on the basis of individual need and paid for separately. It is recommended that students have a minimum of three tutorials per year.

How to Apply How to Apply

Below is a brief guide on how to apply. For detailed information, especially concerning application deadlines, interview dates and course dates, please download the Course Information Sheet via the link at the top of this page.

Once you have submitted your application you will get an acknowledgement email to confirm that it was successfully received. If you have any questions about the process or the application form please contact admin@bcpc.org.uk or telephone 01225 429 720. Please remember to send your application fee.

External applicants

Please apply online. If you prefer, you can download an external application form. Please note we charge a £37 non-refundable application fee and this should be sent immediately after your online application or with your paper application form.

Two references, submitted on BCPC reference forms are required. This should be one from a previous tutor and one personal and cannot be from a family member or therapist. Please send the reference form to your chosen referees and ask them to return them to the BCPC Office as soon as possible. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of their applications.

Internal applicants

This is people who have completed our Foundation Certificate and are applying to our psychotherapy or counselling diploma. Please download the internal application form. Please note we charge a £37 non-refundable application fee and this should be sent immediately after your online application or with your paper application form.

Two references are required; one from your current Foundation tutor (please let him/her know about your application) and one from a person other than either of your referees for Foundation. Please send this person the reference form and ask him/her to return it to the BCPC Office as soon as possible. 

Interviews

Our interview days are structured as a workshop-style experience. Applicants will be short-listed for interview on the basis of their applications.

Job Prospects Job Prospects

We like to keep apace with what our graduates are doing and so we send out an annual survey. This shows that many of our psychotherapy graduates have thriving practices in their home consulting rooms or linked to a practice centre. Opportunities arise in specialist areas according to individual practitioners' special interest - for example, mentoring in prisons or with young people, rape crisis, asylum seeker and refugees project. Psychotherapists can also develop as  supervisors or tutors, or offer course work support such as examining and marking.

Entry Requirements Entry Requirements

Interested in applying for our Diploma / MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy? Visit our Entry Requirements page to find out more.

Testimonials

While BCPC offers a comprehensive training in the art of Psychotherapy, it is much more than this. It is an opportunity to explore and penetrate the depth of our interior world, to extend our capacity to relate fully and intimately with those closest to us, and to encounter and reveal a breadth of potentiality that we are perhaps only barely aware of at the start of the training. While this process is challenging and demands much of us, the satisfaction and sense of personal unfolding that can be found during the training are deeply rewarding. For me the years at BCPC have been a life-changing experience.  .

Andrew, Psychotherapy MA Graduate 

Along with a varied and comprehensive academic programme, I feel one of the strengths of the training at BCPC, which helps prepare one for private practice, is the emphasis on, and support for, deep exploration into ones personal process. It feels like a great achievement now, to be honestly able to say that I do actually like myself and that I feel more confident about being me!.

Jen, Psychotherapy MA Graduate

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Meet the Tutors

  • Ailin Kelleher
    Ailin Kelleher
    Lead Tutor

    BSc, H Dip Ed, Dip HIP, MA HIP, UKCP Reg

  • Jane Boyne
    Jane Boyne

    MA HIP, Dip HIP, UKCP Reg

  • Cheryl Keen
    Cheryl Keen

    Dip HIP, MA HIP, UKCP Reg

  • Kate Bowman
    Kate Bowman

    MA HIP, Dip HIP, Dip HIC, Dip PCC, Cert. Ed., BA (hons), Cert. Supervision, UKCP Reg.

  • Peter Lowis
    Peter Lowis

    Dip HIP, MA HIP DipSupervision, MBACP (Accred), UKCP Reg

  • Ella Risi
    Ella Risi

    BA (App Psych) , Dip HIP, MA MBTP, UKCP Reg

  • Rae Howling
    Rae Howling

    C of Ed, CQSW, Dip HIP, MA HIP, Cert Supervision, UKCP Reg

  • Richard Sale
    Richard Sale

    BSc, PhD, Dip HIP, MA HIP, UKCP Reg, BACP Reg

  • Tree Staunton
    Tree Staunton

    Director, MA Programme Leader, BA, MA HIP, UKCP Reg

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