MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy
Validated by Middlesex University
Programme Leader: Steven Smith
This programme will provide you with a strong knowledge base and the expertise to practice as an integrative psychotherapist with a broad range of adult clients in a variety of settings.
Philosophical basis of the Programme
We start from the position that psychotherapy is the considered and intentional use of a relationship, grounded in the therapeutic alliance, in the service of the goals of the client. We view the psychotherapeutic relationship as a co-constructed endeavour in which both the client and the therapist are active partners.
Given the centrality of the intentional use of the relationship and of the self of the psychotherapist in contributing to successful outcomes, we put emphasis on self-reflective practice, self-understanding, interpersonal encounter and a sensitivity to attunement, mis-attunement and repair in maintaining an effective therapeutic relationship. By co-creating and maintaining a clearly formulated and secure therapeutic alliance, practitioner and client alike are enabled to focus upon complex interpersonal and intrapersonal issues.
From this intersubjective perspective we focus on both the explicit verbal levels of communication and the implicit, non-verbal levels of relating; on the conscious and non-conscious dimensions of communication. We view the change process as happening at the complex interface of these overlapping dimensions of experience. In the words of Allan Schore (2012) we regard psychotherapy as not solely the ‘talking cure’ but very much the ‘communicating cure’ at multiple levels of experience and interaction. Such an intersubjective approach to psychotherapy integration requires that psychotherapists develop an understanding of the self in its multiple facets in order to exercise flexibility, judgment, range, skills, intuition and imagination in the appropriate use of the various dimensions of a therapeutic relationship in response to the current relational needs of the client.
We are not teaching a particular model of integration, rather we are supporting participants in the challenging task of learning to integrate theories and competencies from several traditions in the field of psychotherapy into an evolving model of their own.
The training embraces a clinical developmental view of the evolving self, whilst at the same time stressing the importance of the impact of the social, cultural, economic, ecological and political context on the individual’s self identity.
This training will require of the psychotherapist a commitment to maintain and tolerate several views, even when these may appear to be contradictory, in an effort not to foreclose prematurely on a particular point of view. These differing views serve as a system of continuing self-supervision so that any position taken is a flexible one and responsive to the particular circumstances of a particular client at a particular time in a particular context. Such an approach to psychotherapy integration can serve as an underpinning for both brief-term and longer-term psychotherapy.
Awards on completion of programme:
- 180 Credits achieved at level 7
- MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy awarded by Middlesex University
- Metanoia Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy leading to UKCP Registration
- European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy Registration
- European Association for Psychotherapy (ECP) Registration
This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by Metanoia Institute awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.
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"Training at Metanoia Institute has been a genuinely transformative experience, both personally and professionally. I have done previous courses in the field of counselling and psychotherapy and none have come close to offering the level of support or the standard of teaching that I have experienced over the past four years. Reflecting on that experience, I believe that a great deal of effort and thought have been devoted to developing a program which delivers both academic excellence in the teaching of theory alongside a high level of personalised support which honours and celebrates individuality. I felt encouraged at every stage of the training not just to learn and research, but also to reflect on the personal influences which informed the development of my own unique, integrative model. There have certainly been challenges and sometimes the level of self-examination that is encouraged has been painful, but I have felt supported through these times by both my group and my tutors, and invariably have come through them feeling that they have provided the opportunity for learning and growth. For anyone considering a training in Integrative Psychotherapy, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Metanoia. It is a significant commitment and one that will require you to make personal, professional and financial sacrifices but, as I prepare for the final stage of my training, there is no doubt in my mind that those sacrifices have been well worth the rewards."Emily Cavendish, Completing Dissertation
"My years at Metanoia have been life-changing. Apart from the academic rigour, the learning I’ve achieved, and the excellent and supportive teaching, I feel I’ve changed personally. I have become more self-aware and conscious of others’ needs and feelings; more confident and self-assured in my relationships with others. It hasn’t been an easy process: the travel, the cost, the juggling day jobs and placements, the time needed to read and write essays and presentations – all this has stretched me to the limit. But it was worth it. I am now able to count several classmates/colleagues as friends. And the tutors have been inspirational. I would recommend Metanoia to anyone who really wants an emotionally transformative, as well as educational experience. It has certainly prepared me for the work I want to do."Steve Banfield, Completing Disertation
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