Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling With Children & Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy – Adult Parent Perspective

What is Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Children?

Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Children will draw on psychology using a humanistic – integrative approach. It draws upon developmental gestalt and a range of integrative theories to enable a thorough understanding of how to work effectively with the child/young person in a counselling setting. Trainees will therefore be child centred, being able to be flexible enough to meet the needs of the child at their particular age of development. The relationship is a crucial part of the healing process and underpinning the course will be a working knowledge of the dynamics of relating including the issue of transference.

Who is the course aimed at?
The course is aimed at attracting those who have experience of working with children/young people such as teachers, nurses, social workers and voluntary sector workers. It provides an excellent basis for anyone who would wish to move into Counselling either in statutory settings or into private practice. Acceptance for training is based on a selection process comprising a written application; interview, references and a police check clearance.
The Cost of the course is £2075 per year for 3 years

Other requirements

  • All trainees must undergo their own personal therapy of a minimum of 35 hours therapy per year, to have a total of 120 hours before accreditation. (See section on Personal therapy)
  • All trainees must have a current Disclosure and Barring Service check through TACT.
  • All trainees working with children need to be in regular supervision. (See section on supervision)
  • All trainees must have Professional Indemnity Insurance.
  • All trainees have to be a member of TACT.
  • Before being able to commence working with children key workshops will have to be completed.

The course requires the trainee to work with a minimum of 2 children in placement.
Course Content

  • Listening Skills
  • The nature of Empathy
  • Unconditional Positive Regard
  • Congruency
  • Education and the Issues of Learning
  • Attachment and Separation
  • Models of the Person (2)
  • Counsellor Self Maintenance
  • Exploring Research in Counselling
  • Working in the context of other professionals – Ethics/Risk Assessment
  • Development of the Self
  • Child Protection
  • Ethics
  • Movement Therapy- Pathways to Embodiment
  • Neuroscience
  • Transference and Countertransference
  • Sexuality and Gender Issues
  • Family Therapy
  • Projective Identification
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Projective Techniques – Mediums of Play
  • Assessment of the child and Family
  • Models of the Person (1)
  • Shame and Envy in Childhood and Adolescence –applied research
  • Eating Disorders, School Phobia and Bullying
  • Bereavement and Endings
  • Advance Projective Technique – Art
  • Psychiatric Considerations in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Case Study/Tape Transcript & Post Qualifying Professional Obligations

Karen Davies-Hough is the course leader and other trainers include Jo Hewitt-Evans, Barbara Clarkson, Steven Smith (All UKCP Registered Psychotherapists)


Following the completion of key workshops students undertake training placements to practice their skills in a real-life environment (usually at the end of the first year or the beginning of the second). It is mandatory that students have supervision with a suitably qualified EIATSCYP or UKCP  supervisor who will be identified by the tutor. Students will be expected to complete 36 hours of group supervision in each year too encourage mutual learning and support, this will normally take place in a group format of 3 or 4 students, twice a month for about 1.5 to 2 hours. The cost of supervision is normally £60 per month.

Personal therapy

All students will be expected to undertake their own personal therapy from the start of the training until registration. Students will be expected to hahave a minimum of 35 hours per year personal therapy. Choice of therapist is a personal thing however the therapist must be Humanistic-Integrative orientation. The fees for the therapy will be the responsibility of the student and are generally around £40 per hour. A personal learning journal will be kept from the start of therapy.


Assessment of skills and knowledge is an ongoing part of the course and will include Self, Peer and Tutor assessment via written projects, case study, training log and technical demonstrations.
There are 3 pieces of written work per year of approximately 1500 words plus a personal profile. At the end of training there is a final case study of 8000 – 10,000 words and a tape of work undertaken with children that is transcribed and critiqued (20 minutes long).

Award of the Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Children (Dip.PCC)

Successful candidates will be awarded the Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Children on successful completion of course work assignments. In addition candidates must have attended all workshops and met the requirements of clinical supervision and personal therapy. On passing all requirements you will be eligible to register as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with the ‘European Interdisciplinary Association for Therapeutic Services with Children and Young People ‘(EIATSCYP) and the ‘United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy – Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Intersubjective Psychotherapy College’ (UKCP-PCIPC)

Course structure

The Course takes place over 3 years. There will be 9 two-day workshops each year, run over weekends (Saturday & Sunday) and one 4-day summer block, Friday to Monday. Each day will be divided into sections that focus on four areas, namely, group process, theory, supervised skills practice in both small and whole group settings and supervision.
The day will start at 9.00am and end at 5.30pm, with morning and afternoon breaks and an hour for lunch.

Course Leader

Karen Davies-Hough is the course leader who is a BACP Accredited Counsellor, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and EIATSCYP Graduate member. Her background includes Teaching and Social Work. She has been practicing for over 25 years in both private practice and local authority settings working with adults, couples, families and children.
Other course tutors will be involved at various stages to provide specific input on a variety of topics.


• The annual training fee is £2075. This is a highly competitive rate and represents excellent value for money. Fees may be paid in full at the beginning of the year or by standing order over 10 months @ £207.50 per month.
• Membership fee is included in the annual training fee during the formal training
• If you are accepted on the course a deposit of £500 is required and is non-refundable.

Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy – Adult Parent Perspective (APP)

Course Outline

The Course begins each year in the Autumn Term

What is a Integrative Psychotherapy (APP)?

Integrative Psychotherapy training will draw on psychology using a humanistic – integrative approach. It draws upon developmental gestalt and a range of integrative theories to enable a thorough understanding of how to work effectively with adults. You will learn about a range of therapeutic approaches so that you would be able to best meet client needs. This will include an understanding of child, adolescent and adult development. The approach is relational with the emphasis on the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. You will be taught how to reflect on the client, yourself and the therapeutic process. Working with clients inevitably impacts the therapist and so it is a requirement that you undertake your own personal therapy throughout the training period.

What is a distinctive about this course?

This course develops an exciting new way of working with adults to explore how they might act as parents and also to understand the impact of their own parenting on their lives. The theoretical approaches are woven into the experience of a child’s experience of being parented and of the adult’s experience of being a parent or grandparent. The main focus is on the relationship between adult and child.

Who is this course it suitable for?

Those who want to set up in private practice and/or work in a counselling role in an organisation.
All the caring professions including medicine, social work, education, voluntary organisations
Those working with children, adolescents, parents, adults or the elderly.
People managing or supporting people at work eg HR staff.
Those who want to better understand themselves or others.

What is the academic level of the course?

The course is set at Post Graduate Diploma level.

What are the entry requirements and procedures?

Selection for entry onto the programme will be through application, informal interview and references. The entry qualifications reflect a desire to make the programme accessible to people from a wide range of backgrounds and life experience.
Applicants would normally need to have relevant experience, either in counselling or working with people in a responsible role. You would need to demonstrate a capacity to produce written work at the required level, or to develop this capacity.
You would need to demonstrate a degree of personal awareness of the nature of the therapeutic process and the capacity to offer clients stability in the therapeutic relationship
Graduates of a Child Psychotherapeutic Counselling programme or those who have completed the taught component of that programme are eligible for entry


The course is part-time for 4 years. It is taught over 8 three day Friday to Sunday ‘weekends’ per year, plus one 5 day Wednesday to Sunday extended session in July. The training consists of a twilight session on Friday which normally will be 4 hours and the full days on Saturday and Sunday are normally 9.30 to 5.30 with an hour for lunch. On average there are 12-14 hours of study per week. The scheduling of particular workshops will be shown in the Trainee Manual.

Requirements Whilst Training?

Personal therapy

All trainees will need to undertake personal therapy throughout the duration of the programme and until the successful completion of the Diploma. The therapist will need to be fully accredited by the UKCP and work in a model commensurate with the training programme. Trainees will need to complete 40 individual therapy sessions each academic year, and fees for therapy are the responsibility of the trainee and are generally around £40 per hour. A personal learning journal will be kept from the start of therapy.


When trainees enter the second year of the programme they will need to be in a placement to develop their skills and put their learning into practice .This work must be supervised by a qualified Supervisor It is mandatory that students have supervision with a suitably qualified UKCP accredited supervisor who will be identified by the tutor. Trainees are required to complete 18 hours of Supervision in each of the second, third and fourth years, in a ratio of one hour per 6 hours of client contact. This would normally in a group format. Trainees are responsible for supervision fees The cost of supervision is generally about £60-80 per month.
In order to receive certification, trainees must have attended all the workshops in the programme and therefore accumulated the required number of training hours. If a workshop, or part of a workshop is missed, the trainee would need to attend the same workshop when it repeated for another cohort.



Initial weekend: Course Introduction/Active listening for Beginners
Theme: Understanding Adults/Setting the Scene/The Adult Perspective
Initial weekend: Active listening etc for Beginners (22nd & 23rd October 2016)
1 Role of the Therapist/The Therapeutic Alliance
2 Legal and Boundary Issues/Confidentiality/ Contracting
3 Assessment and Diagnosis
4 Anti-Oppressive practice / Ethics
5 Personality Styles (Secondary)
6 Personality Disorders (Borderline and Narcissism)
7 Personality Disorders (Borderline and Narcissism) continued
8 Addictive Behaviours/Risky Behaviour
9 Parenting/Re-parenting Family Relationships (5 Days)
Year 2
Theme: Theory (of adult work) into practice
10 CBT/Motivational Interviewing
11 Transference/Countertransference
12 Mental Health
13 Mindfulness
14 Trauma / PTSD
15 Bodywork & Touch
16 Long and Short Term Work
17 Working with Older Clients/Parenting/Grandparenting
18 Research (5 Days)
Theme: Contact in the Relationship
19 Active Listening
20 Empathy
21 Congruence
22 Unconditional Positive Regard
23 TA
24 Experience of Play/Theraplay
25 Child Protection/ Suicide/Risk
26 Working with other professionals
27 Gestalt (5 Days)
Year 4
Theme: Primary Development
28 Attachment/Adult Attachment
29 Neuroscience
30 Object Relations/Child Development/ Stern etc
31 Shame
32 Integrating the Models
33 Projective Identification/Parallel Process
34 Sexuality in Development
35 Self-Care and Making use of Supervision
36 Death/Bereavement/Endings/Loss/ Illness/Amputation


There will be continual formative assessment throughout the course. This will consist of written work such as essays short projects and a learning journal, group presentations and Self and Peer assessment. At the end of the taught programme trainees will need to complete a Case Study and a Taped Transcript describing and analysing their work with a particular client.


On completion of all the course requirements, trainees will receive an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy

Programme leader and tutors

John Deacon and Liz Fulton (Both UKCP Registered Psychotherapists). Some specialist subjects may be taught by guest lecturers
Fees and Costs – The training Fee is £2050 each year for 4 years. Costs for Personal Therapy and Supervision are listed above.
Please contact us for further information or for an application form.

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