About the Course
- Available Study Modes
- Intensive Study, Online, Online intensive, Research Supervision, Saturday Weekly or Wednesday - Weekly
The course is designed to be flexible so that students can complete the training in the most convenient, manageable way for them. The theoretical components of the course can be studied exclusively online, with the exception of the very first module, for which attendance at NSPC in London is required. This means that the academic study can be done, where you live or work, rather than having to travel to London. Study involves reading materials that are specially written and provided online, multimedia materials, and participating in tutor-led discussion forums, and weekly online seminars. No additional materials have to be purchased although some students may wish to purchase supplementary readings. Students are, of course, supported by a tutor at all times.
Applicants who have already successfully completed a Master’s level course in a cognate subject may apply to the course leader to have Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), and, if it is, this leads to exemption from the relevant module(s).
The training starts with one to two years of theoretical learning, following successful completion of which, students can then begin clinical placement/s where they must complete 450 hours of supervised psychotherapy. The Existential Academy will consider the approval of overseas as well as UK placements. Supervision must be provided by the student’s placement in addition to supervision by a supervisor appointed by the Existential Academy. The EA supervisor who may provide online weekly supervision or block supervision face to face for students attending our London premises. Previous hours of supervised therapy at postgraduate level may be apply for RPL up to a maximum of 150 hours. Students on the EPT must also complete 160 hours of personal psychotherapy with an EA approved therapist. If a student has undertaken personal therapy for a previous clinical training, these hours may be counted alongside an RPL application for placement hours.
Applications should be made online. Interviews with the course leader and another member of the academic staff will be carried out throughout the year by video conference. Successful applicants may begin the programme in September, January or April, depending on the availability of the face to face Existential Issues module.
Following graduation and successful completion of their clinical training, students are eligible for full UKCP registration as Existential Psychotherapists.