Cultural and ethnic diversity in counselling and psychotherapy

In light of this lack of cultural and ethnic diversity in the profession, IATE would like to encourage widening participation. We wish to actively support the training of students from Black, Asian, dual heritage and minority ethnic communities to bring more diversity into the mental health professions. 


Who is the Diversity Scholarship open to?

The Diversity Scholarship is open to people who identify as coming from one of the ethnic groups listed below. While we are open to other People of Colour, we are primarily focussing on people who identify as coming from one of these heritages:

African or Caribbean Heritage
African for those born in the continent,
Caribbean for those born on the islands

South Asian Heritage
Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka

East Asian Heritage
China, Japan, North & South Korea, Taiwan

Third generation
Black British, Asian British

Mixed Heritage
People of mixed white & African heritage, people of mixed white South Asian heritage,
People of East Asian & Caribbean heritage 


What’s being offered?

A bursary of £8,000 to be used over two years.
Half of the bursary contribution will be used for the Diploma in Therapeutic Arts or the Diploma in Child Counselling Year 1 course. The remaining half of the bursary can then be used for continued training into a second year: either the Diploma in Child Counselling Year 2 or either of our MA programmes. Please note that successful bursary applicants are expected to pay the remaining course fees. 

Please note, bursary allocation is for tuition fees only, as detailed above. This award does not cover the cost of personal therapy and university registration (if applicable).


Who is eligible to apply for a training bursary?

In order to apply for the Diversity Scholarship, you will need to meet all of the following criteria:

  • You have a Black, Asian, dual heritage or minority ethnic background
  • You have applied for and already been offered a place on either the Diploma in Therapeutic Arts, or Year one of the Diploma in Child Counselling
  • You have not previously undertaken a course in Psychotherapy, Counselling or any other clinical therapeutic training


How do I apply?

In order to apply for the training bursary you will need to go through the standard application process first to one of the courses and receive an offer of a place. There is no need to accept your offer until you have received the outcome of your bursary application.


The application process