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Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy – Adult Parent Perspective (APP)



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 7


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.

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. 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.

Workshop Content

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.



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



John Deacon and Liz Fulton (Both UKCP Registered Psychotherapists). Some specialist subjects may be taught by guest lecturers

Fees are £2,450 for the academic year 2023/2024.

Fees are £2,745 for the academic year 2024/2025.

Subsequent years will be evaluated subject to inflation and market pricing.

Personal Therapy is an additional cost each year and once practice commences there will be a monthly supervision fee.

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.

Please contact us for further information or for an application form.  or Tel: 01642491212

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