This two-year counselling and psychotherapy course, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), emphasises the integration of theory, research, practice, and a commitment to self-awareness to help you develop into a competent, creative and ethically-sound counsellor. The programme has a long tradition of preparing students to be versatile and adaptable in their therapeutic practice to meet the individual needs of different client groups and work settings.
The Postgraduate Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy has been designed to serve as a professional qualification for students seeking a career as a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist working in the statutory and voluntary sectors, in business or private practice. The course facilitates students in developing a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of integrative counselling practice, with a view to them developing their own coherent, ethical and effective approach to counselling practice, which can be adapted for use in a wide range of settings for short and long term work. On completion, you will be ready to work as a trained Integrative therapist.
The core integrative model taught is based on the relational approach comprising of three main elements: the Contemporary Relational Psychodynamic Approach, a Humanisitic-Existential approach and third wave elements of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy within a post modern/social constructionist overarching framework.
After successful completion of the Diploma stage, which is two years, you can choose whether to proceed to the final Masters research and dissertation year. See our MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy for more information.
Classes include interactive theoretical lectures, experiential workshops, personal development groups, role plays, skills groups, digital recording of skills sessions for assessment and presentations. In addition, you will need to be in placement seeing ‘real’ clients for the duration of the course and will have to have completed a minimum of 100 hours counselling practice by the end of the two years. There is a BACP requirement that you should have fortnightly supervision for your counselling practice and a minimum of 1.5 hours supervision per month.
The PG Diploma is taught over 30 days each academic year. For the 2016/17 academic year, the main teaching day will be on a Thursday, with one Wednesday, which is a joint teaching day with the second year students.
In addition, students will be required to attend a weekend workshop each academic year (in Year One, this is residential) and two-day summer workshop at the end of June. We expect that students attend all teaching sessions, and there is a minimum requirement of 80% attendance in order to complete the course successfully.
A range of assessments are used at the PG Diploma stage of this course to test your knowledge, skills, self awareness and practice ability.
Year One: Two essays, Two skills assessments, practice portfolio, research presentation, personal development review and a supervisor’s report
Year Two: A skills assessment, a case study with client audio, an in-class research project and a research portfolio, a personal development review and a supervisor’s report.
Placements may be available (by application/interview) in SWCAP, the USW counselling service for the local community which operates from the University counselling clinic facilities.
We offer a suite of light and airy teaching rooms used by the counselling / psychotherapy courses, video recording facilities and use of a suite of specialist counselling practice rooms.
Students on the Postgraduate Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy have therapy to help with their personal and professional development as a counsellor; you will need to arrange and pay for this yourself. A course requirement is that students have a minimum of 10 hours personal therapy for each of the two academic years.
An interview is required for this course. The interview process involves a brief demonstration of your counselling skills in role play format, two group exercises, a brief one-to-one interview and a short written submission. This will include the time for you to ask questions and to find out in detail how the programme runs. Applicants are asked to allow half a day for this process. Interview dates for 2017 entry are:
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£20 - £50||
Encrypted USB stick for video recording
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
|DBS Updating Service||£13||
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
|Other: Personal Therapy||£25 - £45||
10 hours therapy per academic year. Cost is per session.
|Other: Personal Supervision||£30 - £45||
Some agencies require to pay for supervision required in Year 1 & 2. Cost is per session.
|Other: Professional Indemnity Insurance||£75 - £150||
Cost varies depending on individual circumstances. Each year if not already covered.
|Other: Residential Weekend||£150 - £200||
In Year 1 Approx. Costs
While more practice experience will be required to build the hours to achieve personal BACP accreditation, having successfully completed the formal training hours and assignments, graduates of the PG Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy will be ready to look for work in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
Former students from the course have enhanced their career profile within their current employment or found new positions in the voluntary sector, in health settings, in Higher or Further Education, in Employment Assistance Programmes (EAPs), in business and in private practice. The course has a good record of graduates developing portfolio careers, using their adaptable approach to work in a variety of settings. It is also possible to undertake further specialised training in order to work with children and young people, or to apply for a research PhD.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.