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Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy

Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2024
  • Study: Part-time
  • Duration: 12 months

Overview

*Please note as this is a part-time programme, we are not able to sponsor students for a Student visa.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy (PGCIP) constitutes the final stage of training to become a professionally registered integrative psychotherapist through the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). 

Contemporary integrative psychotherapy is constantly changing, combining many different schools of thought. Built on the belief that no single approach is suitable for every client, it employs a range of different approaches and systems – focusing on building a trusting relationship between the client and the psychotherapist.

It’s accepted that this relationship, rather than a theoretical approach, is the fundamental ingredient in integrative psychotherapy. Therefore, this course places emphasis on experience over theory – and you'll have many opportunities to participate in exercises and personal therapy sessions that give you the opportunity to explore in a safe space.

Working in groups, you’ll learn how to effectively build a relationship – using feedback from your peers and supervisors to enhance and consolidate your clinical practice. Critical reflection will enhance your self-awareness and help you to develop into a well-informed practitioner who’s skilful and ethical in practice, able to work in different settings with a wide variety of clients.

You'll also build upon your current knowledge and understanding of six major schools of psychotherapy:

  • Systemic 
  • Psychosexual 
  • Gestalt 
  • Focusing 
  • Jungian 
  • Transpersonal 

By exploring these competing, diverse perspectives, you’ll develop your own integrative clinical practice.

You'll graduate a qualified integrative psychotherapist, holding a privileged position which requires humility and discernment. Our training will teach you how to uphold clinical standards of practice and work competently, humanely and ethically with the most vulnerable members of society. 

Clinical placements

Throughout your training, you’ll be expected to work with at least three adult clients on a minimum basis of once a week and be required to complete a minimum of 100 clinical hours. For UKCP or BACP accreditation, you're required to complete 450 clinical hours in total. The total you accrue will include the hours acquired during previous training.

You will also be expected to participate in weekly personal psychotherapy sessions with a UKCP-registered therapist.

Accreditation and next steps

This course meets the accreditation criteria of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Upon successful completion of this certificate, you’ll be eligible for professional registration with the UKCP through the Humanistic and Integrative College.

At the end of the course, you may have enough training hours to apply for individual accreditation with the BACP. To apply, you must show evidence of 450 hours of supervised clinical practice. This can only be done by the individual and Regent’s is unable to play a role in this process.

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How to apply

Applying to Regent's is quick and easy. We accept direct applications year-round and there's no application fee. If you haven't received your exam results, you can still apply and we'll issue you with a conditional offer. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you're currently studying for.

Step 1: Apply

During the application process, you'll have the chance to upload supporting documents, including:

  • A copy of your passport (photograph ID page)
  • Academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies
  • A 500-700 word personal statement (view guidance)
  • If you're not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit transfer

If you’ve already studied part of your degree elsewhere, you may be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join your new course at an advanced entry point. To apply for RPL, you'll need to state this clearly in your application and provide us with the certificates, transcripts and module descriptions for your previous course.

Step 2: Receive a response

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days. We'll assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of our decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our courses, the selection process may include an interview or audition. They can take the form of a one-to-one interview, a group interview or a portfolio review, which may be conducted by telephone or online. Arrangements of these are made between you and the Admissions department.

Step 3: Accept your offer

If you wish to accept your offer, you must pay your (non-refundable) advance tuition fee deposit. This will confirm your place. Here's how.

Step 4: Register 

Closer to the start of term, our Admissions team will send instructions regarding your registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment before you arrive, as well as a checklist of documents you'll need to bring with you to campus.

Information for international students

If you're an overseas student, you'll likely require a visa to study in the UK. Here's how to apply

Scholarships and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies. For more information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

Fees

Tuition fee: 

  • £13,000 per year for the academic year starting in September 2024.

Non-refundable advance deposit:

UK students: £1,000
International students: £4,000

Read more about tuition fees.

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

You will also be liable for your own costs of personal therapy, professional supervision, and travel or other costs for your placement.

The library holds a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

When you accept your offer, you'll pay a non-refundable advance deposit. The remaining portion of your first year’s tuition fees will be due when you enrol. At this time, you’ll receive your invoice for the full year. You can choose to pay for the year in full before the start of your first academic year or in three instalments, spread out across the academic year. The dates of these instalments will be determined by when your course starts.

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

How you'll learn

At Regent's you’ll have the freedom to explore your interests in a supportive and nurturing environment with interactive classes, regular one-to-one contact with tutors, specialist facilities, industry opportunities and tailored careers advice – ensuring you develop the skills, experience and confidence you need to succeed.

We centre our teaching around your individual goals, identifying the support you need to thrive. You’ll be part of a collaborative environment, that brings all the nuances of psychotherapy to life in the classroom as you learn the most current approaches and gain the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to pursue a career in this life-changing field. 

Rather than promote a single approach, we teach a range of perspectives (covering existential, psychoanalytic, humanistic and integrative) via debates, simulations and placements – preparing you to make informed choices in your practice and meet the professional challenges of this rapidly-evolving field.

You’ll pair deep industry knowledge with hands-on experiences, taking part in a blend of learning formats to give your studies context: 

  • Seminars, lectures, tutorials 
  • Practical simulations and debates 
  • Professional clinical practice 
  • Training supervision 
  • Guest lectures and masterclasses 
  • Peer group participation 
  • Industry placements 
  • Independent individual therapy 

Contact hours: teaching will run on one regular day each week. You’ll also be expected to work with at least three adult clients, two of which must be long-term, on a minimum basis of once a week throughout your training – completing a minimum of 100 clinical hours.

Teaching staff 

You'll be taught by academics who all practice professionally and are recognised for excellence in their fields. They frequently speak at international conferences, so you can feel confident that you’re being taught the most cutting-edge methodology and thinking, and practice a wide range of therapy approaches – ensuring you’ll study contrasting views in an open and constructively critical arena. 

You'll be allocated a personal tutor too, who'll meet you on a one-to-one basis at various stages throughout the year to support your personal and professional development.

We're really proud of the global nature of our courses, and our tutors also reflect this ethos – coming from a wide variety of countries and cultures across the world. In every way, you'll feel part of a global family.

Independent learning

Throughout the course, you'll be expected to undertake extra reading, research, revision and reflection, as well as preparing work for workshops, and working collaboratively with other students in preparation for assessment.

You'll be required to remain in once-weekly individual therapy with a UKCP member therapist throughout your training. You'll need to find your own therapist as this isn't something Regent's can provide, although we can assist with your search. Please note this isn't included within the course fee and prices vary.

Method of assessment

The assessment criteria is based on a portfolio of four pieces of written evidence that demonstrate that you have successfully met the programme learning outcomes. You may also be tasked with other forms of assessment including written journals, oral presentations, video and audio recordings of your practice and interviews, as part of your final portfolio. It's important to us that your learning and assessment is:

  • Inclusive – fostering a student-focused approach
  • Engaging – encouraging interaction and participation
  • Authentic – based on real business challenges

Disability support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns, including learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism conditions, mobility difficulties and temporary or chronic health conditions. 

Our Student Support & Welfare team is here to support you. We ask that you speak with us as early as possible to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements: Level 7

We're interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements – and review each application comprehensively on its own merit.

The following qualifications:

  • MA Psychotherapy and Counselling (Integrative pathway) or equivalent
  • Minimum of 200 client-contact hours in a formal clinical placement
  • Minimum of three years (120 sessions) regular individual psychotherapy

As well as:

  • A CV outlining your academic, professional and voluntary history
  • A 500-700 word personal statement outlining your experience and ambitions*

You may also be required to attend an interview*, where you'll:

  • Engage in discussions and identify issues
  • Relate to, and engage well with, others 
  • Share personal materials and experiences
  • Reflect on personal learning experiences

*Applicants who have completed the MA Psychotherapy and Counselling with us during the previous academic year are exempted from providing us with a personal statement and attending an interview.

English language requirements 

Minimum English proficiency requirement through one of the following qualifications (or equivalent):

QualificationSubjectGrade
GSCE*EnglishC (4)
IB SL or HL*English A4
IB HL*English B5
US HSD (studied in a majority English-speaking country)*Cumulative GPA2.5
IELTS*AcademicOverall score of 7.0, with 6.0 or above in each component
UG degreeFrom English-speaking countries – defined by the UKVISecond class

Please note, we do not accept home/online editions of English language tests.

*Qualification satisfies the English language requirements of the UKVI for non-UK/Irish nationals.

We also offer conditional students a free, online diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Proficiency Test (REPT). This must be booked in advance. Discover more.

Careers

Upon successful completion, you'll be eligible for professional registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) through the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College.

UKCP membership

The Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC) is an accrediting organisation within the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). It registers Regent's University London Psychotherapy and Counselling graduates as UKCP-registered existential psychotherapists.

BACP accreditation

At the end of the course, you may have accrued enough training hours to apply for individual accreditation with the BACP. Please note that BACP also requires candidates to show evidence of 450 hours of supervised clinical practice. Application to BACP can only be done by the individual and the programme is unable to play a role in this process.

Careers support

Don't worry if you feel overwhelmed – our Careers, Enterprise and Industry team are here to provide personalised advice and access to resources for life!

  • 24/7 access to online guidance and resources
  • Exclusive internships, networking opportunities and industry events
  • Personalised consultations – from interview and CV prep to business advice
  • Access to Handshake, connecting you with 650k+ global employers

Inspirational alumni

  • Charlotte Fox Weber – founded the School of Life Psychotherapy in 2015 and Examined Life, a therapist collective, in 2021.

Structure 

Teaching will run on one day each week, and consists of academic seminars, experiential exercises, training supervision and personal and professional development (PPD).

Thursdays, starting 28 September 2023
10.00-17.00

OR

Fridays, starting 29 September 2023
10.00-17.00

The full 2024-25 academic calendar will be released here shortly.

Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy

Core modules

Module title
Integrative Psychotherapy Theory This module aims to build on your knowledge of psychodynamic, existential and humanistic therapy and introduce you to six more major schools of psychotherapy: Systemic, Psychosexual, Gestalt, Focusing, Jungian and Transpersonal. There's a constant emphasis on your experiential understanding of the approaches, with a view to you being able to integrate these approaches into your professional practice. You'll be presented with clinical examples and case studies, and take part in presentations and recorded client sessions. The module will be interactive at all stages and offer opportunities for discussion throughout.
Integrative Psychotherapy Clinical and Experiential Practice This module aims to develop the skills, qualities and attributes required to become a competent, ethical and humane integrative psychotherapist – completing your clinical and experiential training with a view to obtaining full UKCP registration as a professional integrative psychotherapist. It's composed of supervision, both training and clinical, to monitor your work (with supervisor and peer feedback) as well as an experiential, personal and professional development group, developing your emotional and relational maturity further. You'll be required to be in a clinical placement and to have ongoing personal therapy for the duration of the course.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy

Hear from Irene

Irene Esposito
'I decided to enrol in this course after I completed my Masters at Regent's as I was very satisfied with the quality of teaching. The ADIP offers a deep look into different psychotherapy approaches, which is essential in training as a psychotherapist'. Irene Esposito, Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy graduate

Hear from Charlotte

Charlotte at Regent's
'I was longing to find a course that could allow for the rigour of psychoanalysis but also the freedom of other therapy approaches. When I first visited Regent’s, academics were so earthy, so animated and inviting. I felt instantly at home'. Charlotte Fox Weber, Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy alumna
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