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The Minster Centre

The Minster Centre was founded in 1978 as the first integrative training programme in the UK. It has now established itself as one of the leading Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling training organisations in Europe.

Our Diploma in Integrative Counselling and our Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling are accredited by the key UK professional bodies, the BACP and the UKCP. We also offer a Master's Degree which is awarded by Middlesex University.

We run introductory courses open to anyone who is interested in learning how to use counselling skills, as well as Continuing Professional Development workshops and a Diploma in Supervision training for qualified and experienced therapists. The Minster Centre offers more face-to-face training hours and a greater opportunity for personal development than many other training organisations.

We offer a unique perspective of psychotherapy and counselling training, as we combine a strong theoretical integrative grounding with an emphasis on the importance of experiential learning.

The Centre also established a bursary scheme in 2015 to offer opportunities for training to all members of the community and as part of its commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity in its counselling and psychotherapy trainings.

Please note, we are currently updating our website.

Courses

Course

Foundation in Counselling and Psychotherapy

The course provides a comprehensive and critical introduction to the field of psychotherapy and counselling from an integrative viewpoint. It enables students to develop a basic grasp of the main strands of psychotherapy and counselling theory and acquire basic counselling and psychotherapeutic skills. During the course students will increase their own self-awareness, their awareness of others and their capacity to relate and interact with others.

The course can be taken as a stand-alone or as preparation for training to be a counsellor or psychotherapist. About a third to a half of the students who successfully complete this course continue to join the first year of the Minster Centre professional training courses, others continue to train elsewhere or pursue training in related areas.

The Minster Centre currently offers two formats for a Foundation course; a year-long course or a Fast Track course delivered over 8 weekends. Both courses cover the same basic material and offer similar numbers of hours of training.


Course

An Introduction to Counselling Skills (week long intensive)

This is a week-long intensive introductory course which is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to use counselling skills and who is also interested in learning about themselves. These are skills that can be used at work or in your own personal life.

If you are considering a career in counselling this course will also prepare you for taking the Minster Centre's foundation course in counselling or the fast track foundation course. 

If you are an organisation and would like to have a tailored, in-house counselling skills course for your staff, please contact us for further information. 

What you will learn?

Counselling skills can help you gain insight into how to deal effectively and in a helpful manner with difficult or distressed people.

On this course, you will learn the basic counselling skills, such as how to accurately reflect back what the person is saying, summarising, and asking open-ended questions, but you will also understand and practice the skill of active listening. This is where you learn to be with the person, and yet at the same time are able to step back, rather than simply responding as you normally would. This involves what is sometimes called the core conditions. Here you will develop the ability to be with the person without introducing your own agenda, to accept on their terms what they are saying, and at the same time to be genuine yourself.

Each session will be made up of three parts - theory, practice and self-development, a structure which reflects a central idea in counselling that you need to understand the concepts, develop your counselling skills, and to become more self-aware.


Course

MA/PG Dip Advanced Clinical Practice (Professional Practice Counselling & Psychotherapy)

A course option designed for practicing psychotherapists and counsellors who want to develop their professional practice and obtain a post-graduate qualification. Both courses are validated by Middlesex University and are designed to lead to UKCP accreditation.

The programme will allow counsellors and psychotherapists from any modality to develop and broaden their clinical practice. Students’ learning is supported through experiential work and a significant amount of direct tutor contact. Designed to accommodate the schedule of busy professionals, the course is part time with teaching taking place in weekend blocks.

The Minster Centre prides itself on offering small study groups, personal attention and a friendly, supportive learning environment which encourages personal development. Applicants are not required to have been in recent academic training in order to be considered for a place on this course.

Students can choose to register for a PG Diploma (16 months) or they can choose the MA qualification (2 years) which requires a further research project undertaken in the second year.


Course

An Introduction to Counselling Skills

This is a 10-week introductory course which is open to anyone interested in learning how to use counselling skills and who is also interested in learning about themselves. These are skills that can be used at work or in your own personal life.

If you are considering a career in counselling this course will also prepare you for taking the Minster Centre's foundation course in counselling or the fast track foundation course. 

If you are an organisation and would like to have a tailored, in-house counselling skills course for your staff, please contact us for further information. 

What you will learn?

Counselling skills can help you gain insight into how to deal effectively and in a helpful manner with difficult or distressed people.

On this course, you will learn the basic counselling skills, such as how to accurately reflect back what the person is saying, summarising, and asking open-ended questions, but you will also understand and practice the skill of active listening. This is where you learn to be with the person, and yet at the same time are able to step back, rather than simply responding as you normally would. This involves what is sometimes called the core conditions. Here you will develop the ability to be with the person without introducing your own agenda, to accept on their terms what they are saying, and at the same time to be genuine yourself.

Each session will be made up of three parts - theory, practice and self-development, a structure which reflects a central idea in counselling that you need to understand the concepts, develop your counselling skills, and to become more self-aware.

Course

An Introduction to Counselling Skills

This is an 8-week introductory course which is open to anyone interested in learning how to use counselling skills and who is also interested in learning about themselves. These are skills that can be used at work or in your own personal life.

If you are considering a career in counselling this course will also prepare you for taking the Minster Centre's foundation course in counselling or the fast track foundation course. 

If you are an organisation and would like to have a tailored, in-house counselling skills course for your staff, please contact us for further information. 

What you will learn?

Counselling skills can help you gain insight into how to deal effectively and in a helpful manner with difficult or distressed people.

On this course, you will learn the basic counselling skills, such as how to accurately reflect back what the person is saying, summarising, and asking open-ended questions, but you will also understand and practice the skill of active listening. This is where you learn to be with the person, and yet at the same time are able to step back, rather than simply responding as you normally would. This involves what is sometimes called the core conditions. Here you will develop the ability to be with the person without introducing your own agenda, to accept on their terms what they are saying, and at the same time to be genuine yourself.

Each session will be made up of three parts - theory, practice and self-development, a structure which reflects a central idea in counselling that you need to understand the concepts, develop your counselling skills, and to become more self-aware.

Please note there is no class on 21st February.

Course

Diploma in Supervision

This course is designed for practicing psychotherapists and counsellors who want to develop their professional skills to offer clinical supervision.  

The programme allows counsellors and psychotherapists from any modality to train as supervisors. It is part time, with teaching taking place in weekend blocks to meet the needs of working professionals. It is ideal for practicing psychotherapists and counsellors who want to enhance their career options and obtain a post-graduate qualification.

This course provides a solid foundation in the theory and practice of supervision drawing on the model outlined by Shohet & Hawkins in Supervision in the Helping Professions (2002) and the developmental model proposed by Stoltenberg and McNeill.

The programme meets UKCP standards and BACP training standards. It provides a structure which contains theoretical, experiential and practice components and aims to enable the supervisor to work with counsellors and/or psychotherapists who may have trained in a variety of different orientations.

The theoretical input includes integrative, psychodynamic and humanistic ideas and will be centred on developing an awareness and understanding of the importance of the supervisory relationship, together with the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor.

The Minster Centre prides itself on offering small study groups, personal attention and a friendly, supportive learning environment which encourages personal development. Applicants are not required to have been in recent academic training in order to be considered for a place on this course.

We offer course specific Open Days where you can meet the Course Leader. To book your place or find out more about the course visit our website:

www.minstercentre.ac.uk

Course

MA/PG Dip Supervision (Professional Practice Counselling & Psychotherapy)

This course is designed for practicing psychotherapists and counsellors who want to develop their professional skills to offer clinical supervision.

The programme allows counsellors and psychotherapists from any modality to train as supervisors. It is part time, with teaching taking place in weekend blocks to meet the needs of working professionals. It is ideal for practicing psychotherapists and counsellors who want to enhance their career options and obtain a post-graduate qualification.

Both the MA and PG Dip are validated by Middlesex University and meet UKCP standards and BACP training standards.

This course provides a solid foundation in the theory and practice of supervision drawing on the model outlined by Shohet & Hawkins in Supervision in the Helping Professions (2002) and the developmental model proposed by Stoltenberg and McNeill.

It provides a structure which contains theoretical, experiential and practice components and aims to enable the supervisor to work with counsellors and/or psychotherapists who may have trained in a variety of different orientations.

The theoretical input includes a strong Research element and examines contemporary thought at the forefront of psychotherapeutic development.  This includes integrative, psychodynamic and humanistic ideas and is centred on developing an awareness and understanding of the importance of the supervisory relationship, together with the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor.

The Minster Centre prides itself on offering small study groups, personal attention and a friendly, supportive learning environment which encourages personal development. Applicants are not required to have been in recent academic training in order to be considered for a place on this course.

We offer course specific Open Days where you can meet the Course Leader. To book your place or find out more about the course visit our website:

www.minstercentre.ac.uk

Course

Fast Track Foundation

This course, which runs over 8 weekends, provides a comprehensive and critical introduction to the field of psychotherapy and counselling from an integrative viewpoint. It enables students to develop a basic grasp of the main strands of psychotherapy and counselling theory and acquire basic counselling and psychotherapeutic skills. During the course students will increase their own self-awareness, their awareness of others and their capacity to relate and interact with others.

The course can be taken as a stand-alone or as preparation for training to be a counsellor or psychotherapist. About a third to a half of the students who successfully complete this course continue to join the first year of the Minster Centre professional training courses, others continue to train elsewhere or pursue training in related areas.

The Minster Centre currently offers two formats for a Foundation course; a year-long course or a Fast Track course delivered over 8 weekends. Both courses cover the same basic material and offer similar numbers of hours of training.

Course

An Introduction to Counselling Skills (week long intensive)

This is a week-long intensive introductory course which is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to use counselling skills and who is also interested in learning about themselves. These are skills that can be used at work or in your own personal life.

If you are considering a career in counselling this course will also prepare you for taking the Minster Centre's foundation course in counselling or the fast track foundation course. 

If you are an organisation and would like to have a tailored, in-house counselling skills course for your staff, please contact us for further information. 

What you will learn?

Counselling skills can help you gain insight into how to deal effectively and in a helpful manner with difficult or distressed people.

On this course, you will learn the basic counselling skills, such as how to accurately reflect back what the person is saying, summarising, and asking open-ended questions, but you will also understand and practice the skill of active listening. This is where you learn to be with the person, and yet at the same time are able to step back, rather than simply responding as you normally would. This involves what is sometimes called the core conditions. Here you will develop the ability to be with the person without introducing your own agenda, to accept on their terms what they are saying, and at the same time to be genuine yourself.

Each session will be made up of three parts - theory, practice and self-development, a structure which reflects a central idea in counselling that you need to understand the concepts, develop your counselling skills, and to become more self-aware.

Course

An Introduction to Counselling Skills

This is a 10-week introductory course which is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to use counselling skills and who is also interested in learning about themselves. These are skills that can be used at work or in your own personal life.

If you are considering a career in counselling this course will also prepare you for taking the Minster Centre's foundation course in counselling or the fast track foundation course. 

If you are an organisation and would like to have a tailored, in-house counselling skills course for your staff, please contact us for further information. 

What you will learn?

Counselling skills can help you gain insight into how to deal effectively and in a helpful manner with difficult or distressed people.

On this course, you will learn the basic counselling skills, such as how to accurately reflect back what the person is saying, summarising, and asking open-ended questions, but you will also understand and practice the skill of active listening. This is where you learn to be with the person, and yet at the same time are able to step back, rather than simply responding as you normally would. This involves what is sometimes called the core conditions. Here you will develop the ability to be with the person without introducing your own agenda, to accept on their terms what they are saying, and at the same time to be genuine yourself.

Each session will be made up of three parts - theory, practice and self-development, a structure which reflects a central idea in counselling that you need to understand the concepts, develop your counselling skills, and to become more self-aware.

Please note there is no class on 21st May.

Course

An Introduction to Counselling Skills

This is a week-long intensive introductory course which is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to use counselling skills and who is also interested in learning about themselves. These are skills that can be used at work or in your own personal life.

If you are considering a career in counselling this course will also prepare you for taking the Minster Centre's foundation course in counselling or the fast track foundation course. 

If you are an organisation and would like to have a tailored, in-house counselling skills course for your staff, please contact us for further information. 

What you will learn?

Counselling skills can help you gain insight into how to deal effectively and in a helpful manner with difficult or distressed people.

On this course, you will learn the basic counselling skills, such as how to accurately reflect back what the person is saying, summarising, and asking open-ended questions, but you will also understand and practice the skill of active listening. This is where you learn to be with the person, and yet at the same time are able to step back, rather than simply responding as you normally would. This involves what is sometimes called the core conditions. Here you will develop the ability to be with the person without introducing your own agenda, to accept on their terms what they are saying, and at the same time to be genuine yourself.

Each session will be made up of three parts - theory, practice and self-development, a structure which reflects a central idea in counselling that you need to understand the concepts, develop your counselling skills, and to become more self-aware.

Workshops

Workshop

Supporting Women Through the Menopausal Transition

Whilst menopause is presented by society as a principally medical issue, my research into psychotherapists’ experience of the menopausal transition for my MA dissertation led me to believe that our profession has a great deal to offer our clients (and ourselves) in providing space to reflect on this important and confusing time in a woman’s life. 

My intention in this workshop is to provide information about menopause, as well as a framework for you to be able to support female clients who are going through menopause. Part of the workshop will involve a discussion on the principal menopausal physiological symptoms and where to signpost women for further support. We will also consider ideas on supporting women to think and feel about their symptoms and the fact that their bodies are changing. We will go on to consider the concept of menopause as a transition from one state of being to another and how we can offer women an opportunity to grieve for losses and celebrate gains during the menopausal transition. Finally, we will consider how we can offer a reframing of the negative societal view of menopause and menopausal women and present an alternative and potentially more empowering view.

The workshop will be a mixture of informative input and opportunities to discuss and digest the ideas presented with fellow attendees.

Paula Maddison is an Integrative Psychotherapist and works in private practice in West Oxfordshire. She trained at The Minster Centre, in London and in 2017 completed her MA research dissertation into women's experience of the menopause. Her work, prior to training, was in Management Development in the public and private sectors.

Visit our website to book your place.

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Open Days

Openday

Open Day

Part-time Professional Training Courses in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Founded in 1978, The Minster Centre is one of the longest established and leading Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling training institutions in Europe. We cater for around 300 diploma and MA students each year, as well as offering a range of short courses, accreditation programmes and continuing professional development events.

Come to one of our open events for presentations on training with the Minster Centre, Q & A sessions with tutors and current students and an opportunity to look around the building.

Our courses include:

  • Introduction to Counselling Skills
  • Foundation
  • Fast Track Foundation
  • Counselling Diploma
  • MA/Ad Dip Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • MA Professional Practice Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Integrative Supervision

To find out more or book your place, visit our website www.minstercentre.ac.uk.

Openday

Open Afternoon

Part-time Professional Training Courses in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Founded in 1978, The Minster Centre is one of the longest established and leading Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling training institutions in Europe. We cater for around 300 diploma and MA students each year, as well as offering a range of short courses, accreditation programmes and continuing professional development events.

Come to one of our open events for presentations on training with the Minster Centre, Q & A sessions with tutors and current students and an opportunity to look around the building.

Our courses include:

  • Introduction to Counselling Skills
  • Foundation
  • Fast Track Foundation
  • Counselling Diploma
  • MA/Ad Dip Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • MA Professional Practice Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Integrative Supervision

To find out more or book your place, visit our website www.minstercentre.ac.uk.

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