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Postgraduate Certificate in the Therapeutic Arts/Advanced Diploma in The Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts

All candidates must have the following:
  • Be committed to working with the Arts and the active use of the imagination in the ways outlined by the philosophy of The Institute
  • Agree to abide by the Code of Ethics, Code of Practice and Code of Conduct adhered to by The Institute
  • Undertake personal psychotherapy with approved practitioners over the duration of the course
  • Be able to demonstrate the following capacities and abilities:
    - Potential empathetic therapeutic presence
    - Self-awareness and the ability to be open and emotionally undefended
    - The ability to create with ease both mental and artistic images
    - Sound emotional literacy skills
    - Emotional robustness
    - A good ability to play
    - A good level of contact with others
    - An accepting, compassionate, as opposed to judgmental, attitude towards others
    - The ability to stay stable under stress
    - A positive rather than frightened or inhibited relationship to the Arts

Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling with Adolescents and Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling with Adolescents

All candidates must have the following:

As above, plus experience of working with adolescents in a professional capacity

Masters Degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy

Candidates wishing to enter the Masters Degree course, in addition to the entry requirements for the Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts course, must normally have the following:
  • A first degree from a British university or its equivalent, a qualification in a helping profession or in education, or a minimum of five years’ professional experience in therapy or a related field with the proven academic ability to work at Masters level standard
  • The Postgraduate Certificate in the Therapeutic Arts/Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts from The Institute, or an equivalent qualification from an alternative, recognised psychotherapy training college (no exceptions)
  • The completion of at least one year's in-depth personal psychotherapy
  • Be able to demonstrate the following capacities and abilities:
    - A sound grasp of fundamental therapy skills and fundamental psychotherapy theory
    - The ability to work with competence, empathic attunement and depth with a full range of affect states
    - To have an awareness of their own feelings and personal process
    - The ability to support themselves when working with a client’s negative transference. This means that the candidate would not become defensive in the face of criticism, and would be able to maintain an empathic thinking stance
    - The ability to maintain or quickly regain their thinking function when working with a client, as opposed to becoming overwhelmed by or confluent with a client's feelings
    - In order to qualify, students with no previous counselling or therapy training must also have completed a short course in counselling (available at The Institute). This can be attended during the Diploma or Masters Degree course.

Masters Degree in Integrative Child Psychotherapy

In addition to MA Degree admission criteria above:
  • At least one year’s experience of working with children in a responsible role
  • Healthy free-child ego state from which to be fully present and play with a child
  • Healthy adult ego state from which to be able to analyse and reflect with a child
  • A highly developed capacity for warmth and empathy
  • The capacity to fully and authentically amplify a child’s positive affect

Admission Criteria for Direct Entry on to the Masters Degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and Integrative Child Psychotherapy

  • First degree
  • Qualification from a recognised psychotherapy training college (not counselling), at least 300 hours of training
  • Accrued clinical psychotherapy hours under appropriate clinical supervision (log of clinical hours signed by supervisor)
  • At least one year personal psychotherapy (not counselling)
  • Highly developed capacity for human empathy
  • Human warmth, capacity to play and to work fluently with images
  • In addition, a written verbatim account of a twenty minute therapy session with a client will need to be submitted at an automatic second interview. Candidates will be required to talk through the verbatim account, focussing on theory and practice which informed their interventions. They will also be required to refer to their use of transference and countertransference

Certificate in Therapeutic Play

  • Some previous experience of working with/looking after children
  • Self-awareness and emotional robustness
  • Capacity to empathise
  • Developed interpersonal skills
  • High level of emotional warmth

Conversion Courses from Adult Counselling or Psychotherapy to Diploma in Integrative Child Psychotherapy (UKCP Reg.)

This course is only open to candidates who have successfully completed a three-year counselling or psychotherapy course (at least 600 hours)  and who can evidence three years of personal therapy during the course (minimum of 35 hours a year – signed by therapist)  and substantial number of clinical hours  (signed log by supervisor). As this is such an advanced course a second interview is usually required where the candidate presents a case demonstrating ability to make reflective comments on actual interventions and use of counter - transference and transference. Strong evidence of personal readyness will also be required.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

It is possible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning. IATE’s procedures for application are as follows:
  • A student completes the specific application form for accreditation
  • An application is submitted to the Academic Officer along with many supporting documentation by the end of May in each academic year
  • All qualifications need to be substantiated with evidence of certificates
  • Each application is considered individually by the Academic Board when it meets in July
  • Students are informed in writing following the Academic Board meeting of their decision

Please note:

  • Graduation from one level of training to the next is not automatic and requires the submission of a formal application / interview.
  • If qualifications have been obtained from outside the United Kingdom applicants will be required to submit IELTS at a level of 6.5 across the board