Overview of Our Courses

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Counselling Concepts

30 hour programme with Termly intakes - please click on the course title above for the next intake
Designed to give trainees basic skills that can be used in every day life or as a taster to longer term training at the Institute. This course is validated by ABC Awards and offers a Level 2 qualification (on the RQF Regulated Qualification Framework).

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SPTI Certificate: Foundation Access

4-6 months part-time (12 training days)  Two annual intakes (subject to numbers) - usually November and March each year
Designed for those wanting a more intensive course than the ABC Level 2 award in Counselling Concepts before undertaking a longer programme, and for those who wish to move onto the BSc or Masters programme but who need to enhance their study experience in preparation for this. Applicants can select to study on the optional Academic Component to enhance their skills in essay writing. This course is an SPTI certificated course and therefore is not included on the RQF/listed on OFQUAL.

BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited)

3 years part-time 2 groups of 16 students (subject to numbers)  annual intake - September each year - Please click on the course title above for place availability
BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy is validated by Staffordshire University and accredited by BACP. This course evolved from our previously BACP accredited Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. The course is delivered via 8 Weekend workshops. (7 x 3 day workshops - Friday-Sunday, and 1 x 4 Day Thursday-Sunday Workshop). There are 25 Training Days in total per year. This course adopts a Humanistic and Integrative approach that draws on contemporary theories that implement and promote a therapeutic relationship.

MSc in Person-Centred Experiential Psychotherapy (leading to UKCP registration)

4 years* part-time (*please see below) One annual intake - October each year - Please check the course title above for place availability
Person-centred therapy can be seen as an umbrella term referring to the variety of approaches grounded in the theoretical views of human nature and interaction originally developed by Carl Rogers, and others, in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Those joining the Person-Centred and Experiential Programme can expect to actively engage with key elements of person-centred/experiential models in order to develop a personal style of therapeutic practice whilst holding at their core a continuing critical examination of the impact of their ‘way of being’ in relationship. We believe this dynamic, integrated approach provides a high standard of psychotherapy training and leaves graduates well-placed to become competent practitioners in the field.

MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy (leading to UKCP registration)

4 years* part-time (*please see below) One annual intake - October each year - Please click on the course title above for place availability
A developmental-relational approach that uses a synthesis of Humanistic Psychology, Object Relations Theory and Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology.

The result is a unique integration of approaches designed to help with working through childhood issues in order to be fully available for the richness of current relationships, both with clients and in their personal life.

SPTI Diploma in Clinical Supervision
(leading to Inclusion on the UKCP list of Registered Supervisors for UKCP registered Psychotherapists)

1 year part-time One annual intake - Usually January/February each year
Training for those wishing to become clinical supervisors: as professionals in counselling/ psychotherapy/the helping professions - in the voluntary, public or private sectors. The programme examines the various different models of supervision, and explores all aspects of the supervisory relationship. This is an SPTI certificated course.

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SPTI Certificate: A relational approach to the treatment of trauma

Commencing: Oct 2019

SPTI is delighted to confirm another proposed intake to the SPTI Certificate 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

  • * Our Postgraduate MSc programmes comprise four stages each spanning one academic year (usually September to July) and holding accreditation and/or validation status with specific Professional Bodies
  • The first year of training, i.e. the Preparatory Stage, is accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). During this stage of training you will be registered as a student member of SPTI. Successful completion of all components of the Preparatory Stage will lead to registration with Staffordshire University.
  • The subsequent stages are Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Independent Studies (i.e. years 2 – 4 respectively) each of which is accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and validated by Staffordshire University. During these stages of training you will be a registered student member of both SPTI and Staffordshire University.

Successful completion of the all four stages leads to a professional registration as a psychotherapist with UKCP. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Independent Studies stages will lead to a postgraduate qualification awarded by Staffordshire University.

all our courses...

...are designed to be managed alongside current occupations.
...have a maximum of 28 training days a year.

Are all suitable for those who:

  • Want to train to become professional psychotherapists and counsellors or
  • Want to develop the counselling or psychotherapy component in their current work and/or
  • Want to make a serious commitment to furthering their own self-development

Each of our courses is unique and yet they share at their core similar values and ideas. These are:

  • The relationship between therapist and client (and trainer and trainee) is a core part of therapeutic healing and growth work.
  • The client has an inner sense of what is right for them. Part of the job of the therapist is to help the client to learn to listen to their inner sense
  • People have an innate capacity to grow and to change, to fulfil their potential.
  • People are ultimately responsible for their own lives.
  • People are valued regardless of race, gender, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation.
  • Patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour are formed early in life and can become fixed in ways that are not always helpful to us, restricting our choice and our freedom. The therapeutic process is about regaining both of these.
  • Awareness - knowing ourselves - is an important aspect of regaining freedom and choice.

Our MSc Integrative and Person Centred Programmes are accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the BSc (Hons) is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).