This course is designed to provide skills and opportunities for clinical practice in the area of psychosexual therapy. It qualifies graduates to practice as psychosexual therapists.
Start date: Current Course full. Priority waiting list now available. Applications now open.
Course length: 2 years
Fees: £7,500 for two years
Venue: Central London location
Course dates: Autumn 2023 - two days per month (year one) and one day per month (year two)
Course code: T3
Applications: Please see 'How to apply' section below for application form.
Application fee: is £50 (non-refundable) and an interview fee of £100, payable if shortlisted for interview
Teaching and supervision is provided by senior staff. All our trainings and supervisions are delivered by highly experienced staff at Tavistock Relationships.
This course is designed to provide knowledge, skills and opportunities for clinical practice in the area of psychosexual therapy. It qualifies graduates to practice as psychosexual therapists in statutory and voluntary sectors as well as in private practice.
2-year course leading to qualification as a Psychosexual Therapist
Open to experienced therapists and counsellors who have a clinical qualification in psychotherapy, counselling or counselling psychology from a nationally accredited training (eg. BACP/BPC/UKCP)
Weekend teaching modules
This course is accredited by COSRT
The Diploma offers a clinical, professional training in the theory and practice of Psychosexual Therapy.
The course includes:
seminars on psychosexual and relationship issues
opportunities to develop critical thinking by means of written assignments, reading, discussion
group work and role play
monthly case discussion/supervision group
monthly self-reflective group
support from a personal tutor throughout the course
overseeing student’s progress in fulfilling COSRT clinical and supervision requirements.
Students are required to complete 200 hours of face-to-face clinical work. They must see a minimum of 10 cases, five of which must be with couples.
We provide some opportunities to undertake clinical work at an external placement to broaden experience.
In accordance with COSRT guidelines, supervision must be undertaken at the supervision ratio of one hour per six hours of clinical work. Supervisors should be experienced COSRT-accredited psychosexual therapists.
Students working in private practice may charge their psychosexual training clients but must inform clients about their trainee status. Private work must be supervised by a Tavistock Relationships-approved supervisor.
Payment for private supervision is not included in course fees.
The two-year course is suitable for qualified therapists who wish to develop expertise in working with psychosexual issues and to gain a professional qualification in this field.
Applicants will need:
a clinical qualification in psychotherapy, counselling or counselling psychology from a nationally recognised training for example: UKCP, BACP, BPS
sufficient counselling and academic competencies demonstrating an ability to meet the demands of the course
two hundred hours of supervised face-to-face clinical work with individuals or couples
appropriate personal qualities (a high degree of reflexivity, capacity to make and maintain close personal relationships, ability to reflect on personal experience).
N.B. Successful applicants are required to complete one hundred hours of personal individual therapy either before or during the course. A minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy must be completed and evidenced during training and started during the first module. At least twenty of the one hundred hours must be with a psychodynamic therapist.
Applicants to the programme may apply for admission with advanced standing where they can produce evidence of prior learning that demonstrates that the learning outcomes of the identified components within the programme have been fulfilled.
Applicants with other qualifications, or assessed prior (experiential) learning, may be considered for exceptional entry on their merits if the selection panel and the Assessment Board can be satisfied of their clinical and academic competence.
Clinical Competence: evidence of a supervised, clinical caseload seeing adults (couple and/or individual) in talking therapy, with at least a total of 200 hours.
Academic Competence: studied on a relevant postgraduate degree or diploma, or masters level specialist training.
We would require a completed application form, plus a portfolio demonstrating relevant prior learning and clinical experience. Referees stated on the application form must be able to confirm the applicant’s clinical and academic attainment.
Assessment via role plays, self-reflective reports, clinical discussion groups, the psychosexual assessment of set case studies, group presentations, a resource folder, an end of course examination and a final 6,000-word essay plus ongoing assessment by supervisors, seminar leaders and tutors; and a minimum of 200 hours of clinical practice under supervision. (See below.)
Academic Assessment Requirements
Theory, practice and research of psychosexual therapy
(may be modified according to professional body or Tavistock Relationships requirements)
Clinical practice: -
The structure of the course is modular but issues around assessment, treatment planning, diversity and relationships will be threaded through all modules on the course. All set reading material, apart from chapters in prescribed text books, will be supplied but students are expected to read and research widely around the topics.
Students will be expected to keep a self-reflective journal throughout the course and to compile a folder of resource material.
Why relationship focus?
Psychodynamic aspects of the couple relationship - (the Tavistock Relationships method)
Couple attachment theories
Working with individual clients on relationships issues
Key clinical skills in working with the couple
Working with violence, aggression and vulnerability
Protection issues relating to children and vulnerable adults
Introduction to psychosexual therapy
Anatomy and physiology of sexual response.
Behavioural and education work
Setting and working with self focus exercises
Setting and working with sensate focus
Working with sexual minorities, LGBTQ+
Working with the transgender and non-binary community
Working with different cultural and religious groups
Sexual compulsivity and chemsex
Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and trauma
Working psychosexually with individuals
Researching psychosexual areas including: polyamory, BDSM and A-sexuality
Contraception, abortion, infertility, childbirth, parenthood
Sex after menopause and in later life
Sex after illness
Working with disability
Working with mental health issues
Pharmacology and its impact on sexual and emotional function
Ethics and ethical considerations
Review of psychodynamic couple work
Review of psychosexual assessment, formulation, treatment planning
Qualifying exam, role play and final essay preparation
Working with sex toys and sex aids
Mourning and acceptance
Endings in relationships and in therapy
In order to complete the Diploma and conform to COSRT requirements, trainees must complete 200 hours of face-to-face psychosexual therapy with clients. Trainees must work with a minimum of ten psychosexual cases of which at least five should be couples. Trainees may achieve these hours on placement, in their organisation, in their private practice or in a combination of these.
We encourage those in private practice to seek a placement in an NHS psychosexual clinic, for at least some of the required hours, because of the experience and support this gives.
Trainees may charge their psychosexual training clients but must inform clients that they are in training. Private work must be supervised by a Tavistock Relationships-approved psychosexual supervisor.
NB In accordance with COSRT guidelines, trainees with less than 200 hours’ prior experience of face-to-face clinical work are not permitted to see training clients in their private practice. They must seek a suitable placement.
Fridays are 10:30am-4:30pm
Saturdays are 10:30am-5:30pm
Jane Read, Psychosexual Therapist and Supervisor, COSRT Accred, psychotherapist, counsellor, trainer in women’s reproductive health issues, infertility, sexuality and relationships since 1979.
Over 10 years’ teaching/tutoring/supervisory experience.
There is an application fee of £50 (non refundable) and an interview fee of £100, payable if shortlisted for interview.
Final deadline Tuesday 6th June 2023 for course commencing Autumn 2023.
Bridget Wilkins (Psychodynamic and Psychosexual Couples Therapist, Accred. COSRT, MBACP) is a couple and individual psychodynamic and psychosexual therapist and faculty staff member at Tavistock Relationships. She has responsibility for programming the centre’s Psychosexual Studies Certificate and for the Psychosexual Diploma. A former BBC producer, she retrained at Tavistock Relationships, completing their diploma in Couple and Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy before training as a Psychosexual Therapist. She has a particular interest in the impact of emotional experience on both the body and the mind.
Andrew Davidson is a psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist and has worked with couples for over 20 years. He is registered with the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Andrew is jointly responsible for the Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy and teaches on the Psychosexual Certificate in Psychosexual Studies. Andrew originally completed his clinical training at Relate. He also worked for Relate National for several years, where he managed and coordinated the clinical training.
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