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Currently recruiting for the remaining available places for courses starting on:

13th Oct 2017  -  MSc Integrative Psychotherapy - Limited places
18th Oct 2017  -  IPC Certificate in Reflective Practice and Pastoral Studies
19th Oct 2017  -  MSc Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy - Waiting List in operation
 6th Nov 2017  -  SPTI Foundation Access Course
17th Jan 2018  -  ABC Counselling Concepts (Nottingham)

We are currently recruiting to the following programmes for 2017-18 and 2018-19. The  courses lead to dual qualifications in psychotherapy and counselling (academic and clinical) and as spaces are limited early applications are advised.

UKCP logoStaffs Uni Logo RedMSc Integrative Psychotherapy (UKCP) - commencing Fri 13th Oct 2017
MSc Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy (UKCP) - commencing Thu 19th Oct 2017 (Waiting List)

As an alternative provider of Higher Education we have now received specific course designation for 2017-18 for our postgraduate masters courses in Integrative Psychotherapy and Person Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy. This enables eligible students to apply for postgraduate masters loans. The three year masters component of these programmes are eligible, the one year preparatory first year is not designated to receive student funding.

BACP Course LogoStaffs Uni Logo Red

BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)  - Currently full

Our 2017 intake is currently full. We are continuing to accept applications for 2018 entry and successful applicants for 2018 also can opt to be added to the waiting list for 2017, should any places become available within our annual intake of 32 students.

Programme Information:

Our MSc programmes are unique in this area, they offer a relational approach to training and they are both validated by Staffordshire University and accredited by UKCP (The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). Hence upon successful completion of the preparatory year and the subsequent three year MSc programme they lead to  a dual qualification – an MSc award with Staffordshire University and UKCP registration.

The BSc programme is validated by Staffordshire University and accredited by BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).  Successful completion of the three year programme leads to a BSc (Hons) Degree with Staffordshire University and BACP membership, with graduates eligible to apply for BACP accreditation upon successful completion of the required clinical hours.

Autumn 2017 Entry    Tuition Fees (pa) BSc 4572     MSc 4392 - Course Training Dates [Click Here]

ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts - Places available

ABC centre logoFast-Track (Nottingham): Wednesday 17th January 2018 ~ 5 x Wed (9.30am to 4.30pm)
[Click Here for the Application form] [Click Here for training dates]

 The above 30 hours basic counselling skills training course is particularly suited to applicants who are considering making an application for the BSc programme and require 30 hours of counselling training as part of the BSc entrance requirements.  It is also suited to individuals who wish to enhance their work based skills. The tuition fee cost is 350 and includes the ABC examboard registration and certificate fee.


Information Evening for SPTI Introductory courses Monday 13th Nov 2017 - 6.30pm

To learn more about the ABC and FAC programmes, book onto the click here for a booking form

A selection of extracts collated from recent ABC External examiner feedback is available via the link below:

Foundation Access Course

1st Intake: Mon 6th Nov 2017 - Places available  2nd Intake: Mon 22nd Jan 2018 (will open for applications soon)

SPTI logoFollowing on from the continued high demand for places on our SPTI Foundation Access Course, we have brought forward the first course intake start to 6th November 2017 to enable students who wish to apply for either our BSc or MSc courses to do so as early as possible. The Foundation Access course is a more in-depth training programme delivered over 12 training days. It is designed to equip students without level 3 or equivalent qualifications with the necessary knowledge and skills to progress onto our degree. It also meets the needs of individuals with higher level qualifications who want the opportunity to study on an initial training course covering several modalities available within psychotherapy prior to applying for either our UKCP MSc in Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy or our UKCP MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. If you are interested in learning more about which introductory course would be most suited to you, you are welcome to join us at our September information evening.

Information Evening for SPTI Introductory courses on Monday 13th November 2017 - 6.30pm

To learn more about the ABC and FAC programmes, book onto the next information day: click here for a booking form

CPD opportunities: Counselling Young People (CYP)

CYP logo (leaping children)Commencing: 23rd-25th September 2017 (This will run again in 2018 - Date TBC)

This highly interactive and experiential workshop focuses primarily on the differences between working with adults and working with young people, helping you make the necessary cognitive and emotional adjustments between working with these two very different client groups.  It is constructed on the very clear evidence-based competences that the BACP have identified, and is designed to complement and extend the training offered in courses aimed at working with adults. [Click here for more information]

SPTI in association with IPC

IPC logoCertificate in Reflective Practice and Pastoral Supervision

Commencing: Wed 19th October 2017  (Taster Day: 21st Sept 11-3pm)  

SPTI is delighted to continue to offer this certificate course in association with the Institute of Pastoral Counselling. This programme is targeted at the Clergy, Pastoral Care Team Leaders, Lay Ministers, Pastoral Counsellors, Chaplains and Spiritual Directors to develop understanding and skills in reflective practice in pastoral and ministerial settings. The current emphasis upon Ministerial Development means that the church needs practitioners with supervisory skills to facilitate creative reflection on the priorities and tasks of ministry. Within a widening variety of settings, chaplains have an important role to play in fostering skills of reflective practice – particularly in relation to spiritual care – within multi-disciplinary teams. In addition, spiritual direction is increasingly seen as a life-giving ministry to the whole church and spiritual directors also need opportunities to reflect on their practice and receive supervision for their work. The Certificate in Reflective Practice and Pastoral Supervision has been developed to address this cluster of training needs. It is a substantial course, which draws on both theological and psychological understandings of the mission and ministry of lay and ordained Christians in a variety of settings. Please click here Application form & Taster day booking form

"Better late than never"

Lorraine Price Book Coverby Dr Lorraine Price, MSc Integrative Programme Leader  

Dr Lorraine Price is a key member of the SPTI academic team, acting as Programme Leader for both the MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy as well as the SPTI Diploma in Clinical Supervision. Alongside her teaching and private practice, she recently published her book entitled 'Better Late than Never'.

‘Lorraine Price has written an important book for all psychotherapists. She describes the need for some clients to regress to an early developmental age while relying on a secure, dependable, healing relationship with the psychotherapist. Price’s review of the literature includes such topics as relational loss, terror, annihilation, psychological withdrawal, cumulative trauma, relational needs, shame, and identity, as well as the effects of acute anxiety and depression. This is a must-read for any psychotherapist interested in doing in-depth psychotherapy.’Dr Richard G. Erskine,Training Director, Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy. 

Please click here more information or click here to buy from Karnac

Free Information Days...

2018 Undergraduate and Postgraduate events   MSc 9am - 3.30pm   BSc 10am - 3pm

Our free information days are a key component of our enquiry and application process which our prospective applicants find helpful and informative and we actively encourage attendance at one of these days to support their decision making and application. The days offer the opportunity to visit the Institute in person, to meet with key staff including Programme Leaders, Directors and support staff and to find out more about the training programmes, our ethos and approach to training and to view our buildings and facilities. These full day events from 10am to 3.30pm are free of charge and include lunch (15 reservation fee is required to secure a place and is refundable on attendance). Click here for current dates available and booking information

For more information please contact us on:

The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute
Thiskney House, 2 St James Terrace, Nottingham, NG1 6FW, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)115 844 7904   Fax: +44 (0) 115 924 2738   Email: enquiries@spti.net

QAA Reviewed

QAA Review Graphic thumbnailSPTI submitted an annual return in March 2016 that demonstrates that it is continuing to maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of student learning opportunities and information about learning opportunities.


'Click here to read this institution's latest review report.'

Updated: Tuesday, 19 September 2017