Diversity in Psychotherapy

It is well known that people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)  communities are under-represented in the mental health professions.  This is upheld by extensive evidence,  researched by the Health & Social Care Information Centre.  Their study showed that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals make up only 9.6 per cent of qualified clinical psychologists in England and Wales, in contrast to 13 per cent of the population (Office of National Statistics, 2018).

In light of this lack of diversity in the profession, IATE would like to encourage widening participation in the profession. We wish to actively support the training of BAME students with us to bring diversity into mental health professions. 

We are offering up to 8 scholarships to provide training opportunities to students from a BAME background. In order to apply for the scholarship 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 scholarship application.


What’s being offered?

  1. 4 x full fee paying scholarships for the Postgraduate Certification in the Therapeutic Arts/Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational application of the Arts.

This is a one year, part time course, which offers a complete learning package in its own right. However, it can also lead on to the Masters Degree or Diploma course in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and the Masters Degree or Diploma course in Integrative Child Psychotherapy. It acts as the stepping-stone to the advanced psychotherapy and Counselling programmes leading to UKCP registration as a psychotherapist or Counsellor.

  1. 4 x full fee paying scholarships for Year 1 of The Diploma in Child Counselling Course

This training aims to enable trainees to bring about therapeutic change with troubled children and work effectively with their experiences of trauma, loss and attachment difficulties. Child counselling trainees will master skills in containment, self-regulation, finding the teenager’s meaning, and staying with deep feelings, rather than reacting too quickly to what is happening in the therapeutic relationship, by being judgemental, blaming or inferring meaning.


Please note, bursary allocation is for tuition fees only and does not cover the cost of personal therapy and optional university registration.
Where supervision is required, IATE will supply some supervision and students will need to fund the remainder of the supervision themselves.


Who is eligible to apply for these scholarships?

In order to apply for one of these scholarships, you will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must apply for and be offered a place on one of these two courses before you can submit your scholarship application
  • You come from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background
  • You have not previously undertaken a professional course in Psychotherapy, Counselling or any other clinical therapeutic training


The application process

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