Manchester Metropolitan University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Clinical Skills in Integrative Psychotherapy (Taught)

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Course summary

Overview Explore the person-centred therapeutic process, brief interventions, and different approaches to psychotherapy. Practise core psychological skills, from therapeutic interventions to applied research and consultation. And, reflect on practitioner resilience and self-care. On this course, you’ll explore the theories behind therapeutic methods related to promoting psychological wellbeing, and develop practical research skills. You’ll study topics including the principles of therapeutic approaches (such as developing positive therapeutic relationships with clients and person-centred care), therapeutic strategies of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), including cognitive restructuring, and brief interventions, such as solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) and motivational interviewing. In skills sessions, you’ll complete role-plays and scenario-based tasks to practise core therapeutic techniques, such as reflecting, identifying internal/external frames of reference, and Socratic questioning. You’ll also reflect on practitioner wellbeing and development. Some of the themes you’ll consider include boundaries and safe practices, privilege and social responsibility, and core values and beliefs. We’ll help you to develop your awareness of self-care through experiential learning groups based on your experiences and you’ll complete a practitioner log and reflective diary too. You’ll have the opportunity to complete a service-related dissertation, connecting theory and practice, influencing service design and delivery for statutory and third sector organisations or people with particular vulnerabilities. At Manchester Met, our teaching team includes practitioner psychologists (clinical, counselling, health and sports) with experience in working in NHS and private settings in the UK and internationally. Features and benefits

  • Advance your career - You’ll develop the skills to begin a career in psychological therapies (such as counselling, psychotherapy, and clinical psychology).
  • Complete a dissertation - You’ll connect research and practice through a service evaluation-based dissertation.
  • Outstanding facilities - You’ll have access to our specialist facilities for psychology demonstration and practice, which includes an fNIR imaging research device, 12 experimental testing laboratories and 6 psychology laboratories.
  • Taught by experts - Our teaching staff includes practicing researchers and clinical, counselling, health and sports psychologists.
  • Research informed teaching - Our department is home to the Stress, Health and Performance research group and the Neuroscience of Ageing and Impaired Mobility research group.
  • Research informed teaching - Our staff engage in a wide range of research areas, including health and psychological interventions, and neuropsychobiology.

Course details

Assessment method

Assessments take multiple forms to offer students the best possible chance for success. Our assessments include critical essays, presentations, case reports, reflective accounts and two exams.


Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above in an honours degree course (or overseas equivalent) related to the allied health/social care professions (eg psychology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, social work, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, education). Each applicant will be judged on an individual basis. Although not a requirement of this course, we recommend that students try to obtain some part-time paid or voluntary work in a relevant therapeutic service, which is beneficial the reflective exercises in the second semester units and overall learning experience. Finally, we will specifically look for applicants who can showcase their ability to develop skills in reflective and ethical practice. We can be particularly flexible around entry requirements for prospective students who have experienced psychological distress at a time when they were completing prior study, which may have influenced final grades. We value the perspective of first hand experiences of health services and strive for inclusivity at all levels. •Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.


Fees and funding

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Clinical Skills in Integrative Psychotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University - UCAS