Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (Advanced Diploma)

Regent's University London

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The award
Advanced Diploma

How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 6150 per year

How you will study
part-time

Course starts
January

International course fees
GBP 6150 per year

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About Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy at Regent's University London

The Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (ADEP) provides specialist psychotherapy training emphasising the challenges, innovations and re-interpretations of the therapeutic encounter.

The course will prepare you for advanced professional work in both private and institutional practice. Successful completion will bring eligibility for registration with the appropriate professional bodies.

Why should I choose this programme?

Existential psychotherapy is a professional, down-to-earth form of therapy which responds to an inner prompt to find out who we really are and how we really want to live. The emphasis is on a person’s existence rather than just his or her mind, their experience rather than psychological theories.

Key skills, aims and objectives

  • Develop an advanced level of understanding and knowledge of existential philosophy
  • Relate and apply what is learnt about the philosophical underpinnings of existential psychotherapy to your life and work with clients
  • Undergo learning experiences in existential philosophy which manifest as ethical existentially informed psychotherapeutic practice
  • Engage with philosophical questions thus developing a philosophical attitude and openness 
  • Develop a critically reflective perspective on existential psychotherapy from the point of view of other modalities
  • Develop a critically reflective perspective on other modalities from the point of view of existential psychotherapy
  • Develop your capacity for informed reflection on clinical practice
  • Consolidate your capacity to effectively and ethically utilise supervision from peers and supervisors
  • Gain an understanding of ethical research methods relevant to clinical practice in the field

Future opportunities

The course will prepare you for advanced professional work in both private and institutional practice. Successful completion will bring eligibility for registration with the appropriate professional bodies.

UKCP membership
The Society for Existential Analysis is an accrediting organisation within the College of Constructivist Psychotherapies of the UKCP, and registers graduates of the Regent’s Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy as UKCP registered existential psychotherapists.

BACP accreditation
At the end of Year 1, you may have enough training hours to apply for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. Please note that the BACP also requires candidates to show evidence of 450 hours of supervised clinical practice. Application to the BACP can only be done by the individual and the School is unable to play a role in this process.

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Entry requirements

We require completion of either the taught components of RUL’s MA Psychotherapy & Counselling, or an equivalent Master's level professional training in psychotherapy, counselling or counselling psychology. We also require completion of a minimum of 100 client-contact hours in a formal clinical placement, and completion of a minimum of two years’ regular individual psychotherapy. Applicants are required to demonstrate emotional maturity and an ability to be self-reflective, function effectively and ethically under pressure, and to manage conflict constructively. Please note: applicants will be expected to attend an interview before an unconditional offer can be made. Other international qualifications, as recommended by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) will also be accepted. For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we also require evidence of English language proficiency. Please refer to our website for further details.

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