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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

An Introduction to Counselling Skills

This is an eight week 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.

Please note we are in the process of updating our website.

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.

Please note we are in the process of updating our website.

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.

Please note, we are in the process of updating our website.

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.

Please note we are currently in the process of updating our website.

Course

Diploma in Integrative Counselling

The Counselling Diploma is a three-year, BACP Accredited course open to those who have done a Foundation Course in Psychotherapy or Counselling or have practical experience to an equivalent level. Students will mix teaching, experiential learning, group discussion, practical application and microskills exercises with relevant theory. The course will cover recent developments in counselling together with humanistic and psychodynamic approaches.

Qualifying with the Diploma is the first step to obtaining BACP accreditation. If students successfully complete the first two years of training they have the option to complete the Diploma in Counselling or to apply to continue to do the MA/Advanced Diploma.

Course

MA/Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling

The Advanced Diploma is a four year modular course. The first two years follow the same curriculum as the Counselling Diploma; the last two years forms the MA. The Minster Centre prides itself in offering small study groups, personal attention and a friendly, supportive learning environment which encourages personal development. The theoretical input will include psychodynamic, humanistic, bodywork and relational thinking within a structure which contains theoretical, experiential and practice components. Students who successfully complete the MA/Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling may go on to seek BACP accreditation and UKCP registration.

Please note we are in the process of updating our website.

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.

Please note we are in the process of updating our website.

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

Diploma in Supervision

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 Delworth. 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 will include 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.

Topics covered will include: contracting, ethics, issues of difference, assessment and focusing, developmental stages, unconscious relational processes including transference and countertransference, the internal supervisor, issues of power and authority, ruptures in the supervisory alliance, the organisational context of supervision, and working with groups. The experiential/practice component will include peer and tutor assessed role-played practice sessions as well as the opportunity for group supervision of the supervisory work of the participant.

We run specific open days for the Supervision courses where you can meet the Course Leader. Please see our website for more details.

Please note we are in the process of redesigning our website.


Course

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

This is an exciting new course option designed for practicing psychotherapists and counsellors who want to develop their professional practice and obtain a post-graduate qualification. The programme will allow counsellors and psychotherapists from any modality to train as supervisors, following the same curriculum as the Diploma in Supervision, and then extend their training to obtain a Post-graduate Diploma or MA. Students’ learning is supported through experiential work and a significant amount of direct tutor contact. 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.


Workshops

Workshop

A Taste of Gestalt Therapy: Awareness, Creativity and Contact in the Here and Now

Gestalt is a German word meaning ‘whole’ in the sense of the whole being a sum of its parts. It has a robust theory drawn from many strands including Kurt Lewin’s field theory, Existentialism, Phenomenology and Psychodrama. Contact and boundaries are important in Gestalt theory which as a theory of how we learn, take in and process information, naturally lends itself to integrating knowledge from other modalities.

Gestalt practice involves exploration that stretches the boundary of what is familiar into new territory and brings to awareness what is happening relationally in the here and now. While in its early days it was associated with two chair work, challenge and confrontation, contemporary Gestalt practitioners are relational; known for being direct and welcoming authentic encounter.    

The aim of this workshop is for participants to have a practical introduction to Gestalt and to gain a sense of its contribution to therapeutic practice and human potential. We will explore key aspects of Gestalt through presentation experiential exercises and discussion. Participants will be supported to pay attention to their emotional and physical feelings throughout the day and to engage in dialogue that focuses on what is taking place in the present.

Claire Asherson Bartram DPsych: I am a therapist, group facilitator and supervisor in private practice and at the Minster Centre. I qualified with a diploma in Gestalt Therapy in 1991 and have a degree in music and a doctorate in Psychotherapy through Metanoia Institute (2009). I have been through my own years of therapy and find that learning about myself and others never stops. Key points of my life’s journey include being a hippy in the late sixties, a busker, meditation, administrator for Brent MIND, a single parent, a stepmother and now a grandparent. What I have always loved about Gestalt is its immediacy, liveliness and the depths of exploration and contact that can arise through its practice.

Conferences

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Open Days

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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

You can find out more about The Minster Centre here: www.minstercentre.ac.uk or or contact us on 020 7644 6240 or reception@minstercentre.ac.uk.

Please note - we are currently in the process of updating our website.

Openday

Open Day - MA/PG Dip Advanced Clinical Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Professional Practice)

Come along to our course specific Open Day to:

  • Find out more about the Advanced Clinical Practice course.
  • Q & A session with the Course Leader.
  • Insight from a current student.
  • Opportunity to look around the building.

The course is designed for practicing psychotherapists and counsellors who want to develop their professional practice and obtain a post-graduate qualification.

Both the MA and PG Dip are validated by Middlesex University and are designed to lead to UKCP accreditation.

The programme allows 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.

Founded in 1978, The Minster Centre is one of the longest established and leading Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling training institutions in Europe.

Please note we are in the process of redesigning our website.

Openday

Open Evening

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

You can find out more about The Minster Centre here: www.minstercentre.ac.uk or or contact us on 020 7644 6240 or reception@minstercentre.ac.uk.

Please note - we are currently in the process of updating our website.

Openday

Open Evening

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

You can find out more about The Minster Centre here: www.minstercentre.ac.uk or or contact us on 020 7644 6240 or reception@minstercentre.ac.uk.

Please note - we are currently in the process of updating our website.

Openday

Open Evening

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

You can find out more about The Minster Centre here: www.minstercentre.ac.uk or or contact us on 020 7644 6240 or reception@minstercentre.ac.uk.

Please note - we are currently in the process of updating our website.

Openday

Open Day - MA/PG Dip Advanced Clinical Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Professional Practice)

Come along to our course specific Open Day to:

  • Find out more about the Advanced Clinical Practice course.
  • Q & A session with the Course Leader.
  • Insight from a current student.
  • Opportunity to look around the building.

The course is designed for practicing psychotherapists and counsellors who want to develop their professional practice and obtain a post-graduate qualification.

Both the MA and PG Dip are validated by Middlesex University and are designed to lead to UKCP accreditation.

The programme allows 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.

Founded in 1978, The Minster Centre is one of the longest established and leading Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling training institutions in Europe.

Please note we are in the process of redesigning our website.

Openday

Open Evening - Supervision Courses

Come to our open evening for a presentation on our Supervision training, a Q & A session with tutors and current students and an opportunity to look around the building.

The Minster Centre offers flexible professional training routes for counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to acquire new skills and enhance their career options with a qualification in Supervision. Designed to accommodate the schedule of busy professionals, the courses are part time with teaching taking place in weekend blocks. Students’ learning is supported through experiential work and a significant amount of direct tutor contact.

All of our Supervision courses start in January 2020 and we offer MA, Post-Graduate Diploma and Diploma options. The MA and PG Dip are accreddited by Middlesex University and meet both UKCP standards and BACP training standards.

Founded in 1978, The Minster Centre is one of the longest established and leading Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling training institutions in Europe. You can find out more about The Minster Centre here: www.minstercentre.ac.uk.

Booking is essential, please ring 020 7644 6240 or email reception@minstercentre.ac.uk to reserve a place.

Please note - we are currently in the process of updating our website.

Openday

Open Evening - Supervision Courses

Come to our open evening for a presentation on our Supervision training, a Q & A session with tutors and current students and an opportunity to look around the building.

The Minster Centre offers flexible professional training routes for counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to acquire new skills and enhance their career options with a qualification in Supervision. Designed to accommodate the schedule of busy professionals, the courses are part time with teaching taking place in weekend blocks. Students’ learning is supported through experiential work and a significant amount of direct tutor contact.

All of our Supervision courses start in January 2020 and we offer MA, Post-Graduate Diploma and Diploma options. The MA and PG Dip are accreddited by Middlesex University and meet both UKCP standards and BACP training standards.

Founded in 1978, The Minster Centre is one of the longest established and leading Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling training institutions in Europe. You can find out more about The Minster Centre here: www.minstercentre.ac.uk.

Booking is essential, please ring 020 7644 6240 or email reception@minstercentre.ac.uk to reserve a place.

Please note - we are currently in the process of updating our website.

Openday

Open Day - MA/PG Dip Advanced Clinical Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Professional Practice)

Come along to our course specific Open Day to:

  • Find out more about the Advanced Clinical Practice course.
  • Q & A session with the Course Leader.
  • Insight from a current student.
  • Opportunity to look around the building.

The course is designed for practicing psychotherapists and counsellors who want to develop their professional practice and obtain a post-graduate qualification.

Both the MA and PG Dip are validated by Middlesex University and are designed to lead to UKCP accreditation.

The programme allows 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.

Founded in 1978, The Minster Centre is one of the longest established and leading Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling training institutions in Europe.

Please note we are in the process of redesigning our website.

Openday

Open Evening - Supervision Courses

Come to our open evening for a presentation on our Supervision training, a Q & A session with tutors and current students and an opportunity to look around the building.

The Minster Centre offers flexible professional training routes for counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to acquire new skills and enhance their career options with a qualification in Supervision. Designed to accommodate the schedule of busy professionals, the courses are part time with teaching taking place in weekend blocks. Students’ learning is supported through experiential work and a significant amount of direct tutor contact.

All of our Supervision courses start in January 2020 and we offer MA, Post-Graduate Diploma and Diploma options. The MA and PG Dip are accreddited by Middlesex University and meet both UKCP standards and BACP training standards.

Founded in 1978, The Minster Centre is one of the longest established and leading Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling training institutions in Europe. You can find out more about The Minster Centre here: www.minstercentre.ac.uk

Booking is essential, please ring 020 7644 6240 or email reception@minstercentre.ac.uk to reserve a place.

Please note - we are currently in the process of updating our website.

Openday

Open Evening - Supervision Courses

Come to our open evening for a presentation on our Supervision training, a Q & A session with tutors and current students and an opportunity to look around the building.

The Minster Centre offers flexible professional training routes for counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to acquire new skills and enhance their career options with a qualification in Supervision. Designed to accommodate the schedule of busy professionals, the courses are part time with teaching taking place in weekend blocks. Students’ learning is supported through experiential work and a significant amount of direct tutor contact.

All of our Supervision courses start in January 2020 and we offer MA, Post-Graduate Diploma and Diploma options. The MA and PG Dip are accreddited by Middlesex University and meet both UKCP standards and BACP training standards.

Founded in 1978, The Minster Centre is one of the longest established and leading Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling training institutions in Europe. You can find out more about The Minster Centre here: www.minstercentre.ac.uk

Booking is essential, please ring 020 7644 6240 or email reception@minstercentre.ac.uk to reserve a place.

Please note - we are currently in the process of updating our website.

Openday

Open Day - MA/PG Dip Advanced Clinical Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Professional Practice)

Come along to our course specific Open Day to:

  • Find out more about the Advanced Clinical Practice course.
  • Q & A session with the Course Leader.
  • Insight from a current student.
  • Opportunity to look around the building.

The course is designed for practicing psychotherapists and counsellors who want to develop their professional practice and obtain a post-graduate qualification.

Both the MA and PG Dip are validated by Middlesex University and are designed to lead to UKCP accreditation.

The programme allows 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.

Founded in 1978, The Minster Centre is one of the longest established and leading Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling training institutions in Europe.

Please note we are in the process of redesigning our website.

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