Taught course

Integrative Psychotherapy

University of Central Lancashire · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should hold at least 2:2 degree and professional qualification Certificate in Counselling Skills Practice
  • Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme and if they have experience
  • Students must pass pre-course Residential Element which carries a separate cost
  • A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application

Please note that for the 2021-22 academic year, the application deadline is Friday, 30 April 2021

Months of entry


Course content

Our part-time Integrative Psychotherapy programme reflects current developments in the field and provides quality training in an Integrative approach to Psychotherapy. It aims to develop practitioners who are competent to offer high-quality Integrative Psychotherapy in a variety of contexts, appropriate to the needs of the client, organisation and society.

You’ll be offered a constructive and challenging learning experience which develops interconnectedness of theory, practice, research, self-awareness and personal development.

This course aims to develop practitioners who are competent to offer high-quality Integrative Psychotherapy in a variety of contexts, appropriate to the needs of the client, organisation and society.

Please note for the 2021-22 academic year, the application deadline is Friday, 30 April 2021

  • This is a BACP accredited professional psychotherapy programme and on successful completion, you’ll be entitled to practice as a psychotherapist.
  • Our programme is offered one day per week for the first two years, meaning you can fit your study around employment.
  • The programme enables trainee psychotherapists to become research aware and to draw on this, to facilitate their own evidence based practice
  • You’ll develop skills to become a reflective practitioner, competent to offer high quality Integrative psychotherapy
  • You’ll gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme.
  • You’ll study integrative psychotherapy theory, explore personal and professional development, professional practice and conduct a small research project

The learning environment will be student-centred, using and sharing students' experiences to aid the learning process and encourage independent learning. Participants and tutors are co-learners. A diverse range of learning and teaching methodologies will be used, including student-led seminars, group discussion, group and individual psychotherapy practice and observation, the use of audio and DVD recording, case studies and discussion, experiential exercises, lectures, guest speakers and supervised practice.

The residential is assessed by a reflexive essay and tutor observation. You’ll be required to pass the observation before commencement of the course.

In the first year, you’ll submit a theoretical essay, a critique of a research paper, a DVD recording and evaluation, an ethics essay, a reflexive statement and a student-led presentation. There is also an end of year viva, or oral exam, with a personal tutor, which is based on a personal development statement.

In the second year, you’ll be required to submit a Case Study, an audio tape and self-evaluation, a reflexive practitioner extended essay, practice portfolio and a student-led presentation and include an account of your clinical supervision.

In the third year, you’ll submit a research proposal and a master’s dissertation.


The course is divided into five main areas:

1. Integrative Psychotherapy theory that builds in Year 1 from a relational and phenomenological base, drawing on key influences from the Gestalt/Dialogic, Person Centred, Emotionally Focused Therapy. In Year 2 Psychodynamic and Intersubjective influences on therapeutic process are also drawn on, as well as a consideration of the existential and transpersonal dimensions of the therapeutic relationship. You’ll establish an approach to Integrative Psychotherapeutic practice via established models (Gelso and Carter, Clarkson), supported by research, awareness and skills.

2. Personal Development is interwoven in the experiential nature of the course and processed throughout. There is also a Personal Development Group every week in the first two years.

3. Professional Development which includes the BACP Ethical Framework, practice-based research, note-taking, supervision, issues of difference, gender, race, sexuality, spirituality, disability, and psychotherapy contexts and themes.

4. Professional Practice, which includes the use of DVDs, small group work, triads, peer and tutor observation, and a supervised placement of a minimum of 100 hours in an approved setting.

5. Research via a critique of a research paper, the study of research methodology, a small research project and the writing of a dissertation in the third year. Current research is imparted throughout the course.

The first two years of the programme constitute the postgraduate diploma in integrative psychotherapy. The successful completion of the postgraduate diploma will enable you to claim the status of a graduate of a BACP accredited training course.

The MA dissertation may then be undertaken by those students who are able to continue, having gained at least a merit in the postgraduate diploma, and who wish to undertake postgraduate research.


This is a BACP accredited professional psychotherapy training, which enables those who successfully complete it to practice as a psychotherapist.


This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    42 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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