Course information

Integration involves drawing complementary theories from different psychotherapeutic approaches and blending them based on certain core principles. These core principles are that the client-therapist relationship is an essential aspect of healing and that our relationships and development as children affects subsequent relationships and our way of being in the here and now. If aspects of us are not supported as children, they do not fully develop and cannot integrate seamlessly into our personality. Integrative Psychotherapy aims to understand the client’s development story, helping them to change old patterns of behaviour and to learn new ones.

Professional Bodies

On successful completion of the programme, students will be awarded a MSc Integrative Psychotherapy degree by Staffordshire University. The course is also professionally accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).


As part of training, students are required to secure suitable placements. SPTI works with many regional and national employers to provide placement opportunities for students. Through our Placement Co-ordinator, SPTI holds and develops a database of placement providers and we’ll actively support you in your search. Each year, SPTI holds a placement fair where students are able to meet and make valuable contacts with placement providers as well as attending workshops on the day. Placement opportunities are posted on our student VLE, Moodle.

Start date

The course starts in October 2024.


The duration of the course is 4 years. The first year has a clinical focus and is the preparatory year, required by UKCP which will be covered in 8 weekend workshops (Friday to Sunday). During years 2, 3 and 4 students will study a total of 180 credits; 60 credits over 3 years. Years 2 and 3 consists of eight weekend workshops (Friday to Sunday). Year 4 consists of 6 single study days (Wednesdays) and 3 weekend workshops (Friday to Sunday)


The workshops are delivered in our training facilities at 2 Castle Quay, Castle Boulevard (NG7 1FW) or 30 Park Row (NG1 6GR).

Course content

The Integrative programme is a developmental-relational approach integrating Object Relation theories, Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology and aspects of Humanistic Psychology. This psychotherapy programme focuses on the dynamics and potential of human relationships, with the aim of facilitating the individual’s ability to make choiceful responses and to create more satisfying relationships. The central aim is to establish a therapeutic relationship which will lead to a corrective emotional relationship. This involves:

  • Understanding the internal and external barriers that people create to the formation of successful relationships;
  • Understanding how these barriers relate to the problems the person experiences;
  • Engaging the person in a therapeutic relationship which provides the opportunity and therapeutic support for engaging with these relationship problems

The effectiveness of this kind of Integrative Psychotherapy is based on the ability of the psychotherapist to make an informed relationship with the client and to use their understanding of the difficulties in the relationship (including conscious and unconscious aspects, emotional and intellectual understanding) to address the client’s difficulties.

The psychotherapist has to use their theoretical and personal skills in this engagement and be sensitively aware of their own contribution to the relationship. This responsibility requires a high degree of self-awareness, honesty, receptivity, professional acceptance and ethical endeavour on the part of the therapist. Thus the course demands that trainees and students are willing and able to examine their own capacity for relationship and reflect on these processes.


All modules are compulsory to complete the academic qualification of MSc and professional accreditation with UKCP. All modules are taught in group sizes usually no larger than 18. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Year One (UKCP Preparatory Year)

Module 1Contexts of Integrative Psychotherapy and Introduction to the Relational Self
Module 2The Relational Self: Object Relations Theories and Self Psychology
Module 3Preparing for an Ethical Integrative Clinical Practice
Module 4The Therapeutic Relationship as an Agent of Change

Year Two (Registration with Staffordshire University)

Module 1The Relational Self and Human Development20 credits
Module 2The Relational Self and the Unconscious Relationship20 credits
Module 3Integrative Perspectives on Psychopathology20 credits

Year Three

Module 1The Clinical Application of Integrative Psychotherapy20 credits
Module 2Research in Integrative Psychotherapy20 credits
Module 3Consolidating Integrative Clinical Practice20 credits

Year Four

Module 1Advanced Clinical Application and Research Project60 credits

Clinical obligations

Year One40 hours of
personal therapy
Year Two40 hours of
personal therapy
120 hours (minimum) of
supervised placement
30 hours (minimum) of supervision**
Year Three*40 hours of
personal therapy
120 hours (minimum) of
supervised placement
22.5 hours (minimum) of supervision**
Year Four*40 hours of
personal therapy
120 hours (minimum) of
supervised placement
20 hours (minimum) of supervision**

*The Mental Health Workshop must be completed during years three or four.

** Supervision hours are completed prior to qualification at a ratio 1:4, changing to 1:6 with agreement from the supervisor, after completion of 105 placement hours. A minimum of 87.5 hours supervision required for the MSc. Ratio of 1:6 required within the first post-qualification year.

Entry requirements

Entry is through submission of an application form, evidence of qualifications, 2 suitable references, a satisfactory criminal records check and a personal interview. The following requirements comply with both QAA and UKCP’s standards for training in psychotherapy:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology or a related discipline (for example, sociology, education, theology, philosophy), or
  • A non-relevant undergraduate degree with appropriate training or experience, or
  • A qualification or professional training/work-based portfolio in the helping professions evidencing study level equivalent to level 6 (for example, social work, psychiatric nursing, general nursing, teaching)
  • A counselling diploma or equivalent qualification plus evidence of ability to study at level 6
  • Relevant work and/or life experience plus evidence of ability to study at level 6

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements for entry, but satisfy criteria relating to ‘relevant work and/or life experience’, may be asked to complete a short essay in order to demonstrate their capacity to study at postgraduate level.

Where English is not your first language, you must demonstrate a pass in either:

  • IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element)
  • TOEFL iBT 87 (no less than 21 in listening and writing, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking), or
  • CELE pre-sessional course

International Students: SPTI is not a UK Home Office Registered Sponsor with approval to admit overseas students. We can only consider applications from applicants who satisfy HOME fee residential status criteria. For more information, visit–Advice/Fees-and-Money/England-HE-fee-status

EU students from 2021: Following the UK’s exit from the EU, the UK government has made changes to eligibility for Student Finance where students are beginning their training in 2021 entry. EU students will not be treated as home students and will require student visas. Therefore, we will not be able to accept applications from EU applicants for 2021 entry onwards.

If you are already a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist wishing to further your career by undertaking additional study/research, you may be eligible to join either year 2 or 3 of the MSc programme via an Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) application process. In this instance, the length of training will be determined by the point of entry. For more information, please click here.

The nature of psychotherapy training is primarily relational and as such it is important for applicants to disclose any pre-existing relationships with SPTI staff and/or members (and other applicants where known) at the point of application. This provides the opportunity to address potential implications for this at the interview stage thereby ensuring professional standards when attending to dual relationships, which Professional Bodies (for example, BACP and UKCP) recommend be avoided to prevent detrimental effects and promote professional accountability at all stages of training and practice. We aim to ensure that this does not provide an unnecessary barrier to recruitment. Therefore, in cases of pre-existing relationships with current students and/or training staff, adjustments may be suggested; this could include an alternative entry point or in some cases an alternative programme of study.


Interviews are conducted with the Programme Leader or an experienced staff member who is a professional counsellor/psychotherapist and likely to be for a minimum of 30 minutes duration. At interview, you will need to demonstrate that you have, or have the potential to develop, the following attributes and skills:

  • Self-awareness, maturity and stability
  • Ability to reflect on life experiences and utilise constructive feedback
  • Capacity to cope with the emotional and intellectual demands of the programme
  • Ability to form a helping relationship
  • Awareness of issues of diversity and equality, prejudice and oppression
  • Ability to recognise the need for personal and professional support
  • The generic professional skills of literacy, numeracy, information technology, administrative skills, self-management skills, communication and interpersonal skills

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught by experienced practitioners through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor twice a year.


For the course starting October 2024, the part-time tuition fees are: £5,655 (per academic year). In addition, a non-refundable deposit of £360 (first year only) is required to secure a place.

Additional Costs

The following costs are in addition to the tuition fees and you are expected to pay these yourself. You must continue in personal therapy and clinical supervision throughout the duration of the course.

  • DBS checks including being registered on the update service
  • Personal therapy (weekly, usually around £30.00 – £60.00 per hour)
  • Clinical Supervision (around £40.00 – £65.00 per hour)
  • Where students are working with clients, Professional Indemnity Insurance should be taken out
  • Any placement related expenses

Financial Support

Tuition fee loans are available for year 2 onwards from Student Finance England. Tuition fee loans are paid directly to the student. Details can be obtained by visiting: Students in years 1, 2 3 & 4 can apply for Disability Support Allowance which can provide equipment, mentoring and other support depending upon the needs of the student. Details can be obtained by visiting: Students on low incomes or with a disability can apply for an SPTI Bursary of up to 10% reduction in tuition fees. This is a discretionary bursary which is subject to the availability of funds. For more information and an application form for an SPTI Bursary click here for the Finance and Bursaries page.

How to apply

To apply for this course, click here.