Existential Coaching at New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling - UCAS

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Course summary

NSPC is at the forefront of the exciting, emerging field of existential coaching. Our courses were launched in 2010 and our standards are second to none. Existential coaching is a uniquely philosophical and deeply relational way of examining the paradoxes and challenges of human existence so as to empower clients to move forward in an authentic and reflective way. Drawing on psychotherapeutic literature and on existential philosophy, we teach coaches to work in a holistic way, engaging with the unique world of each client. Existential coaches encourage clients to look at issues such as meaning, authenticity, freedom, choice and responsibility, and how these come into play in their lives. Our trainees learn how to handle emotion in the coaching relationship. We encourage all trainees to go much further than applying coaching frameworks or tools. The programme covers theory, skills training, placement and research. Prior learning can be granted for modules studied at level 7 covering the same learning outcomes as the NSPC equivalent – this can be discussed at interview stage. Year one assumes no prior knowledge or experience, building your skills from the ground up. You will start with core competencies such as active listening, and build to a critical understanding of common coaching paradigms, as well as explicitly existential skills. Theoretical learning includes professional ethics, the psychology of worldviews, and a grounding in existential philosophy. Year two provides an opportunity to start building a private practice with the support of supervision. You will also complete a research project, with the help of an experienced supervisor. This will be on a topic of your choice, and can take the form of a literature review or a qualitative piece. Students will build on the learning from year two, looking at existential leadership and ethical dilemmas. The course leader is Sasha van Deurzen-Smith. Sasha is a graduate of the programme, and has been working in private practice for many years.


Year 1 Philosophical Worldviews, Religion & Belief Systems (online) Existential & Human Issues (online) Social, Cultural & Ethical Issues (online) Skills in Existential Coaching (3 terms face-to-face) Year 2 Overview of Research Methods (online) Advanced Existential Coaching and Existential Leadership (face-to-face) Ethical Dilemmas and Ethical Practice (face-to-face) Supervision of Practice (3 terms online) Research Supervision and Final Project (15,000 words)

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in any subject (equivalent experience may be acceptable) Fluent English Personal suitability to be determined at interview Reliable internet connection

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1140 Module
International £1140 Module
England £1140 Module
Northern Ireland £1140 Module
Scotland £1140 Module
Wales £1140 Module
Channel Islands £1140 Module
Republic of Ireland £1140 Module

Additional fee information

The cost of individual modules is £1,140.
Existential Coaching at New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling - UCAS