How We Support Our Students

Courses at The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute are, academically and on a personal level, both highly fulfilling, and demanding. The type and quality of support we offer our students is therefore particularly important.

The role of a Programme Leader and that of the tutors is to offer students the guidance - professional, academic and personal - and to give students the maximum opportunity to enhance the quality of their therapeutic work

Fulfilling potential and enhancing the quality of life is what counselling and psychotherapy are all about: clients come to therapists because their potential for success, happiness, satisfaction or peace is not being fulfilled; they feel lost and perhaps desperate.  The therapist’s role is to help the client learn to find more of that fulfilment. The role of The Sherwood Institute is to help our students to fulfil their potential for success in helping their clients, and meanwhile to enhance the quality and level of fulfilment in their own lives

Specific support for students is available on training days, in the large group, in small group sessions, and for individual consultations where necessary.

The different areas of the course involve personal growth, clinical skills, academic success and the ability to relate well with others.  In all these areas there is a blend of the personal responsibility of the student to invest themselves in all these areas, and that of the Programme staff to support students in doing so.

In addition, it is a requirement of all our programmes that trainees/students be in weekly personal therapy. We believe this is vital for those undertaking a training that touches on personal issues for themselves and to support them the work with clients.

Similarly, we follow the guidelines of the main accrediting bodies in requiring that, once they are seeing clients, our trainees receive additional support for their clinical practice from a qualified supervisor. Again, we will be glad to provide names of supervisors.

We also support our students through the paper and online resources we provide, with the books, journals, case studies and research dissertations available in our journal room and library.

From your first day with us, through to the celebratory events after completing your final award, we aim to provide a welcoming, warm, stimulating and supportive atmosphere in all those areas that inform the very nature of the courses we run: the personal, the professional (clinical) the academic and the relational.  Our experience of involvement in this field goes back to 1987 and beyond.  Some of us have 40 years’ experience in enhancing the quality of people’s lives and helping them to achieve their potential and we would like to do the same for you.

Overview of learning and disability support

SPTI has a commitment to equity which guides how we enable students’ development and achievement.

SPTI welcomes applications from all students, and works with Staffordshire University and relevant outside agencies to enable students with disabilities to fully participate in our training. Students with a range of disabilities have successfully undertaken courses at the Institute. Our training premises are in listed buildings and so not all training rooms are on the ground floor. However we do have accessible training rooms and ground floor, wheelchair accessible toilet facilities and we timetable rooms carefully to ensure that mobility needs are addressed. All of our training rooms are equipped with hearing loops. We also address individual requirements with students prior to training commencing and make necessary and reasonable adjustments wherever possible. Whilst we do ask students to give information about their needs in order to ensure the appropriate advice and support during training, our commitment is that this information will not affect the admission process and to ensure no discrimination occurs during admission and subsequent training.

BSc and MSc students have historically been able to access student support via Student Finance England (SFE) enabling our students to apply for Part-Time Student Loans or Postgraduate Student Loans and also Disabled Student Allowance, via The Student Loan Company (SLC). From 2019-20 onwards, for students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. We have made an application to register and await a decision. We will be able to confirm whether student support is available for 2019-20 once we have received the decision from the OfS and we will advise all potential students accordingly. Please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk  for more information.

Students studying with OfS registered Institutions on eligible courses can apply for Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) if they have a disability or long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. Funding depends on individual needs and not on income.