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ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts

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Evening (Nottingham): Wednesday 6th February 2019 ~ 10 x Wednesday Evenings (6.00pm to 9.00pm)

Fast-track (Loughborough): Saturday 9th March 2019 ~ 5 x Saturday Daytimes (9.30am to 4.30pm)

Click here for the ABC Counselling Concepts Application Form.    Click here for Nottingham training dates.  Click here for Loughborough training dates.

The above 30 hours basic counselling skills training course is particularly suited to applicants who are considering making an application for the BSc programme and require 30 hours of counselling training as part of the BSc entrance requirements. It is also suited to individuals who wish to enhance their work based skills. The tuition fee cost is 350 and includes the ABC examination board registration/certificate fee.

A selection of extracts collated from recent ABC External examiner feedback is available via the link below:

SPTI Certificate: Foundation Access Certificate

SPTI Leaf LogoAttendance: 12 x Monday Daytimes (9.30am to 3.00pm)

Group A intake: Monday 19th November 2018 (Full with a waiting list)
Group B intake: Monday 25th March 201
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Click here for the Foundation Application Form   

Click here for training dates: Group A (November 2018)   Group B (March 2019)

Following on from the continued high demand for places on our SPTI Foundation Access Course, we have brought forward the first course intake start to 19th November 2018 to enable students who wish to apply for either our BSc or MSc courses to do so as early as possible. This course is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to progress onto clinicial courses here at SPTI. Applications are also welcomed from individuals wishing to expand on their counsellings skills for use in employment.

ABC & FAC Information Evening - SPTI Introductory Courses

Wednesday 9th January 2019 - 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Are you interested in learning more about our introductory courses? Our informal information evenings offer you the perfect opportunity to learn more about our training and what is involved, meet the programme leaders, discuss your circumstances, and spend some time in our training environment. If you would like to book onto the next information evening, then please click here for a booking form.

Clinical Training Programmes:

We are now processing applications to the following programmes for 2019-20. These courses lead to dual qualifications in psychotherapy and counselling (academic and clinical) and as spaces are limited, early applications are advised. 

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MSc Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy (UKCP)

MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Recruiting for 2019 - 2018 is full with a waiting list in operation

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BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) - 2018 Full

Recruitment for 2019 will reopen in November 2018


General Programme Information:

Our MSc programmes are unique in this area, they offer a relational approach to training and they are both validated by Staffordshire University and accredited by UKCP (The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). Hence upon successful completion of the preparatory year and the subsequent three year MSc programme they lead to  a dual qualification – an MSc award with Staffordshire University and UKCP registration.

The BSc programme is validated by Staffordshire University and accredited by BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).  Successful completion of the three year programme leads to a BSc (Hons) Degree with Staffordshire University and BACP membership, with graduates eligible to apply for BACP accreditation upon successful completion of the required clinical hours.


CPD opportunities: Counselling Young People (CYP)

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This highly interactive and experiential workshop focuses primarily on the differences between working with adults and working with young people, helping you make the necessary cognitive and emotional adjustments between working with these two very different client groups.  It is constructed on the very clear evidence-based competences that the BACP and UKCP have identified, and is designed to complement and extend the training offered in courses aimed at working with adults.

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CPD opportunities: SPTI in association with IPC (Institute of Pastoral Counselling)
A Certificate in Reflective Practice and Pastoral Supervision

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SPTI is excited to confirm that in association with IPC, we are continuing to offer the above CPD course for the third year running. This programme is targetted at the Clergy, Pastoral Care Team Leaders, Lay Ministers, Pastoral Counsellors, Chaplains and Spiritual Directors to develop understanding and skills in reflective practice in pastoral and ministerial settings. The current emphasis upon Ministerial Development means that the church needs practitioners with supervisory skills to facilitate creative reflection on the priorities and tasks of ministry. Within a widening variety of settings, chaplains have an important role to play in fostering skills of reflective practice – particularly in relation to spiritual care – within multi-disciplinary teams. In addition, spiritual direction is increasingly seen as a life-giving ministry to the whole church and spiritual directors also need opportunities to reflect on their practice and receive supervision for their work. The Certificate in Reflective Practice and Pastoral Supervision has been developed to address this cluster of training needs. It is a substantial course, which draws on both theological and psychological understandings of the mission and ministry of lay and ordained Christians in a variety of settings.

Please click on the following document links for further information:   Application Form  Information Booklet   IPC Privacy Statement


CPD opportunities: SPTI Certificate: A relational approach to the treatment of Trauma

Trauma WordleStarting Saturday 17th November 2018

The Sherwood Psychotherapy  Training Institute is pleased to offer a series of 4 workshops exploring a relational approach to the treatment of trauma. The fundamental aim of the training is to provide practitioners with theoretical and practical exposure to modern views in the field of trauma treatment. This will enable them to develop understanding and competence in their field, deepening their knowledge base philosophically, theoretically and clinically, and from this to enable an integration within their field of work and practice.

Click here the Course Information Sheet    Click here for Application Form


Free Information Days...

2019 Undergraduate and Postgraduate events  MSc 9.30am - 3.30pm   BSc 9.30am - 3pm

Our free information days are a key component of our enquiry and application process which our prospective applicants find helpful and informative and we actively encourage attendance at one of these days to support their decision making and application. The days offer the opportunity to visit the Institute in person, to meet with key staff including Programme Leaders, Directors and support staff and to find out more about the training programmes, our ethos and approach to training and to view our buildings and facilities. These full day events from 10am to 3.30pm are free of charge and include lunch (15 reservation fee is required to secure a place and is refundable on attendance). Click here for more information including 2019 dates


QAA Reviewed

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The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and we have received our final report, which is available in full at: www.qaa.ac.uk (click here)


An action plan has been developed to take forward the findings of the Higher Education Review.  Please click here to view

Updated: Tuesday, 16 October 2018