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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 spaces are limited so early applications are advised.

UKCP logoBACP Course LogoStaffs Uni Logo RedBSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (UKCP)
MSc Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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


ABC centre logoFast-Track (Loughborough)*: Saturday 16th Sept 2017 - 5 x Sat (9.30-4.30pm) ***New location for 2017***
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Evening (Nottingham): Monday 18th Sept 2017 ~ 10 x Mon (6-9pm)
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The above 30 hours basic counselling skills training courses are 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. In response to demand for places, SPTI is now offering the ABC programme in Loughborough as well as Nottingham. The tuition fee cost is 350 and includes the ABC examboard registration and certificate fee.

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

CYP logo (leaping children)CPD opportunities: Counselling Young People (CYP)
Commencing: Friday 25th September 2017

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 Diploma in Clinical Applications of Trauma Theory from a Relational / Developmental Context

trauma wordleCommencing: Saturday 7th October 2017

SPTI is delighted to announce its newly created SPTI Diploma focusing on Trauma Theory, delivered by Dr Lorraine Price and Rosemary Langford-Bellaby. This is a contemporary training for professionals to develop knowledge and understanding of the processes of trauma, applying a relational/developmental approach to the therapeutic response. The fundamental aim of the course is to provide practitioners with theoretical and practical exposure to modern views of the field of trauma treatment. This will enable them to become competent exponents and practitioners, deepening their knowledge base philosophically, theoretically and clinically, and from this enabling an integration within their practice. Please note: This course has a limited number of places so early application is recommended to secure a place.  [Click here for course info] [Click here for an application form]

IPC logoSPTI in assocation with IPC
Certificate in Reflective Practice and Pastoral Supervision
Commencing: Wednesday 19th October 2017     

SPTI is delighted to continue to offer this certificate course in association with the Institute of Pastoral Counselling. This programme is targetted 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 for the full info pack.

Lorraine Price Book CoverBetter late than never - Dr Lorraine Price's exciting new book      

Dr Lorraine Price is a key member of the SPTI academic team, acting as Programme Leader for both the MSc in Integrative Pyschotherapy as well as the SPTI Diploma in Clinical Supervision. Alongside her teaching and private practice, she has recently published her new book '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...

2017 Undergraduate and Postgraduate events  10am - 3.30pm

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

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SPTI 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: Friday, 16 June 2017