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OfS Registration LogoWe’re now #OfSRegistered. This means we meet the @officestudents requirements for course quality, academic standards, student support, student protection and more.

For more information please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk/the-register

BSc students are able to access student support and apply for Part-Time Student Loans and Disabled Student Allowance via the Student Loans Company (SLC). The part-time student loan portal will open in the summer


MSc students (year 2 onwards) are able to access student support and apply for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. Disabled Student Allowance is available for all 4 years of training via the Student Loans Company (SLC) https://www.gov.uk/masters-loan


 *Please note that loans are subject to eligibility criteria - see the relevant .gov pages for more information


QAA Reviewed

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The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and we have received our final report, which is available in full at: www.qaa.ac.uk (click here)


An action plan has been developed to take forward the findings of the Higher Education Review.  Please click here to view

ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts

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Fast-track (Nottingham): Summer 2019 ~ Wednesday 5th June 2019 - Wednesday 10th July 2019 - Five Daytimes (9.30am to 4.30pm)

Click here for the ABC Counselling Concepts Application Form.   

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 examination board registration/certificate fee.

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

ABC Information Evening - Wednesday 8th May 2019, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Are you interested in learning more about our introductory ABC Counselling Concepts course? Our informal information evening offer you the perfect opportunity to learn more about our training and what is involved, meet the programme leader, discuss your circumstances, and spend some time in our training environment. If you would like to book onto the next information evening, then please click here for a booking form


SPTI Certificate: Foundation Access Certificate

SPTI Leaf LogoAttendance: 12 x Monday Daytimes (9.30am to 3.00pm)

Group A intake: Monday 18th November 2019

Click here for the Foundation Application Form

Click here for training dates: Group A (November 2019)

This course is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to progress onto clinical courses here at SPTI. Applications are also welcomed from individuals wishing to expand on their counselling skills for use in employment.


IPCS LogoSPTI in association with IPCS (Institute of Pastoral Counselling & Supervision)

Certificate in Reflective Practice and Pastoral Supervision - CPD Course - Starting Wednesday 16th Oct 2019

Click here for more information

BirdcageSPTI Leaf LogoIntroduction to Counselling Survivors of Coercive and Radical Cultic Groups

A two-day workshop With Dr Gillie Jenkinson Sat 11th May 2019 & Sun 12th May 2019   

The aim of this CPD training is to introduce therapists to the field of working with survivors of radical and coercive cultic groups and to explore what helps former members recover.  

Click here for more information.

SPTI Leaf LogoWorking towards accreditation and setting up in private practice - Sat 13th April 2019

In response to graduate feedback, we are delighted to announce our latest CPD offering to support recent graduates and indeed graduates from further back who have yet to accredit with their regulatory body, and/or formally set up in private practice. The day is divided into two parts - the morning will offer accreditation workshops. Former Director of Training and BSc Tutor Dr Ruth Layzell will lead the group for BACP accreditation, and Addison Raven, MSc Person-Centred Programme Leader will be hosting the UKCP registration event. The afternoon is focused on the best way forward to set up in private practice with Jo Bailey - a former SPTI graduate with extensive experience in this area.

Click here for more information

Clinical Training Programmes:

We are now processing applications to the following programmes for 2019-20. These courses lead to dual qualifications in psychotherapy and counselling (academic and clinical) and as spaces are limited, early applications are advised. 

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MSc Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy (UKCP)

MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Recruiting for 2019

The MSc programmes are awarded by Staffordshire University and accredited by UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy).  Successful completion of the four year programme leads to a MSc Postgraduate Degree with Staffordshire University and UKCP registration, with graduates eligible to apply for UKCP registration upon successful completion of the required clinical hours.

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BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

Recruiting for 2020 - with a waiting list for 2019 entry

The BSc programme is awarded 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.

Free Information Days...

2019 Undergraduate and Postgraduate events  MSc 9.30am - 3.30pm   BSc 9.30am - 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 more information including 2019 dates


Updated: Thursday, 18 April 2019