Taught course

Clinical Skills in Integrative Psychotherapy

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this programme are as follows:

  • A 2:1 or above in an honours degree course or overseas equivalent related to the allied health/social care professions (e.g. psychology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, social work, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, education). Each applicant will be judged on an individual basis.
  • IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0 for non native English speakers
  • Although not a requirement of this course, we recommend that students try to obtain some part-time paid or voluntary work in a relevant therapeutic service, which is beneficial the reflective exercises in the second semester units and overall learning experience.
  • Successful completion of one unit within this course requires a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to ensure you are able to undertake a suitable placement component. The cost of the DBS check is included in your academic fees and further information about the DBS policy at MMU can be found here http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/dbs/dbs-policy/
  • Finally, we will specifically look for applicants who can showcase their ability to develop skills in reflective and ethical practice.

We can be particularly flexible around entry requirements for prospective students who have experienced psychological distress at a time when they were completing prior study, which may have influenced final grades. We value the perspective of first hand experiences of health services and strive for inclusivity at all levels.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore the Person-Centred therapeutic process, brief interventions, and different approaches to psychotherapy. Practise core therapeutic skills, from active listening to paraphrasing. And, reflect on practitioner resilience and self-care.

On this course you’ll explore the theories behind therapeutic methods related to promoting psychological wellbeing, and develop practical skills.

You’ll study topics including the principles of therapeutic approaches (such as Freudian, and Person-Centred), therapeutic strategies of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT (including cognitive restructuring), and cognitive analytic therapy.

In skills sessions, you’ll complete role plays and scenario-based tasks to practise core therapeutic techniques, such as reflecting, identifying internal/external frames of reference, and Socratic questioning.

You’ll also reflect on practitioner wellbeing and development. Some of the themes you’ll consider include boundaries and safe practices, privilege and social responsibility, and core values and beliefs.

We’ll help you to develop your awareness of self-care through experiential learning groups based on your experiences and you’ll complete a practitioner log and reflective diary, too.

As part of this course, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a service-based dissertation relevant to the area that you’d like to work in, such as with particularly vulnerable groups, in the NHS or in community settings.

At Manchester Met, our teaching team includes practitioner psychologists (clinical, counselling and health) with experience in working in NHS and private settings in the UK and internationally.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    MSc Clinical Skills in Integrative Practice PgDip Integrative Therapies PgCert Psychological Therapies

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