Psychological Therapies and Mental Health
We provide counselling, psychotherapy and mental health education and training for those interested in a career in the counselling and psychotherapy field or in other types of mental health-related work. We also offer training for more experienced practitioners looking to develop their specialist skillset and consolidate their previous training.
Several of our courses are accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The University is also a recognised BACP training centre.
Our courses are delivered by our team of experienced researchers and practitioners, who are members of professional bodies such as the BACP, UK Council for Psychotherapy, and the British Psychological Society. Our staff have worked in Higher and Further Education, the National Health Service, the voluntary sector, and in private practice and all are actively involved in clinical practice or research.
We are at the cutting-edge of developments in practice, research and education in the field of psychological therapies and mental health and all courses are informed by contemporary research and practice in counselling & psychotherapy and mental health. Recent research, development and scholarly work carried out by the team includes studies of addiction; use of self in therapy; arts and creativity in mental health; spirituality and well-being; self-care; love; anti-oppressive practice and the therapeutic relationship.
Our students can use bespoke, state-of-the-art audio-visual recording facilities to develop therapeutic, communication and interpersonal skills alongside the supervision and guidance from expert tutors. As well as this, students have the opportunity to gain practical experience; for example, students on the BACP-accredited courses spend considerable periods of time working on a placement to hone their skills and apply their knowledge.