Applying for one of our Courses
Deciding to train to be a counsellor or psychotherapist is often a big life decision. This decision can feel all the more daunting because of the range of different approaches to choose from. At Metanoia, we run regular open evenings and occasional mornings to offer you the opportunity to come and find out a little bit more about the courses and whether counselling or psychotherapy is the right career path for you. To book onto one of these open evenings please click here. We also run short Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Studies courses to help you decide which approach might suit you best.
COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAINING - Our counselling programmes are all validated as undergraduate degrees by Middlesex University and are also BACP-accredited as fully approved counselling qualifications. Our psychotherapy programmes are all UKCP-accredited as fully approved psychotherapy qualifications and are validated by Middlesex University as post-graduate degrees. Click the links below, to view the course description and leaflet:
Validation by Middlesex University of Metanoia’s counselling and psychotherapy courses means that you are a student of both institutions but you enrol at and attend Metanoia for your programme of study. As Metanoia is recognised as a HEFCE alternative provider, (see the Quality Assurance and Course Accreditation section below) once you become a student of Metanoia, you will be eligible to apply for and buy a NUS extra card which allows you over 200 UK student discounts.
INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS - Once you have decided which programme you feel is right for you, you will need to book onto and attend an introductory workshop. Details of workshops can be found in the relevant course online leaflet or via the link to ‘Introductory Workshops’ on Metanoia’s website. You can submit a full application for the course at the time of booking for the workshop, or you can submit your application afterwards. Please be advised, though, that our courses fill up quickly and applications are processed in the order we receive them, so it is advisable not to wait to submit your application unless you wish to use the workshop experience to check whether this is the right course for you.
The introductory workshop serves as an opportunity to find out more about the course, the approach, and the way that we train at the Metanoia Institute. It also serves as the first part of the interview process, in that we are interested to see how you relate to the theory, how you interact with others, and how able you are to explore your own process non-defensively.
INTERVIEW – Following a successful introductory workshop, you will be invited for interview. Interviews are held in small groups or individually (depending on when you apply), and are conducted by a different tutor from the one who ran the introductory workshop. You will be asked to complete some forms in advance and to bring these with you, and much of the interview will revolve around questions arising from these. The interview is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Wherever possible we inform you whether you have been successful or not on the day. If you are unsuccessful, we will give you detailed feedback about what you might need to do if you wish to reapply at some later stage. Please see our Admissions Policy and Criminal Convictions Policy.