*Please note as this is a part-time programme, we are not able to sponsor students for a Tier 4 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 College of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
Integrative psychotherapy is based on the belief that there is no single or universal approach to therapeutic practice. Rather, an effective clinical practice incorporates a range of different approaches that focus on building a trusting therapeutic relationship between the client and the psychotherapist. It is understood that only through this integrated approach can both the client and the psychotherapist begin their transformative journey together.
The PGCIP explores a range of diverse perspectives to enable you to develop your own integrative clinical practice. Throughout your training, you’ll be encouraged to incorporate and embody these theoretical approaches in your personal life as well as your clinical practice.
It is commonly accepted that the therapeutic relationship, rather than a theoretical approach, is the active ingredient in integrative psychotherapy. The PGCIP therefore espouses a reflexive approach that places emphasis on experience over theory. Experiential exercises and personal therapy sessions will give you the opportunity to explore yourself in a safe space. This critical reflection will enhance your self-awareness and help you develop into an ethical practitioner who is able to work in different settings with a wide variety of clients.
Throughout your training, you’ll be expected to work with at least three adult clients on a minimum basis of once a week. For the award of PGCIP, you are required to complete a minimum of 100 clinical hours during the taught element of the programme. For UKCP accreditation, you are 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.
As a qualified integrative psychotherapist, you will hold 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.
Teaching will run on one regular day each week, and consists of academic seminars, experiential exercises, training supervision and personal and professional development (PPD).
- Integrative Theory
- Clinical Practice and Experiential Learning
- Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
- One letter of academic recommendation
- One letter of recommendation detailing professional/clinical experience
- A copy of your CV/resumé. If this does not include details of professional/voluntary psychotherapy and counselling work experience, then please submit a separate statement detailing this experience.
- A 700-1000 word personal statement outlining your background, your reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
- A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
- If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency
Annual Tuition fee
Non-refundable advance deposit
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?
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
Teaching and assessment
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching methods include academic and practical seminars, small-group training supervision sessions, participation in personal and professional development groups, and clinical practice guided by experienced professionals and your own personal therapy.
Contact hours and expected workload
Teaching will run on one regular day each week. You will also need to allocate time for independent study.
You will 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.
For the award of PGCIP, you are required to complete a minimum of 100 clinical hours during the taught element of the programme.
For UKCP accreditation, you are required to complete 450 clinical hours in total. The total you accrue will include the hours acquired during previous training (see MA Psychotherapy & Counselling).
You must also participate in weekly personal psychotherapy sessions with a UKCP-registered therapist. This is not included within the course fee and prices vary. You will also need to find your own therapist as it is not something that the University can provide.
Training is led by expert practitioners who bring extensive clinical experience to the classroom. Our lecturers are research-active academics who frequently present and publish their work both nationally and internationally.
The assessment criteria is based on a portfolio of four pieces of written work that demonstrate your competence in professional practice. Assessments include:
- An academic essay focusing on the personal process of theoretical integration
- A final theory case study with a long-term client
- A recorded session process report
- A self-evaluation of learning essay
- MA Psychotherapy & Counselling (taught pathway in Integrative Psychotherapy) or a Postgraduate Diploma with the equivalent study of integrative psychotherapy to the MAPC Integrative pathway
- A minimum of 200 client-contact hours in a formal clinical placement
- A minimum of three years (120 sessions) regular individual psychotherapy
- IELTS: Overall score 7.0 with 6.0 or above in all 4 components, or equivalent
Upon successful completion of the PGCIP, you will be eligible for professional registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) through the Humanistic and Integrative College.
The School is an accrediting organisation within the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC) of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The PGCIP is the final stage of training leading to UKCP registration. Membership requires the completion of a minimum of 450 hours of supervised clinical practice, which must also be supervised by a training supervisor of the School.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation
At the end of the course, you may have accrued enough training hours to apply for individual accreditation with 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 School is unable to play a role in this process.