• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Tutors and
    Support

Course Overview

This programme has been designed to offer a flexible approach to the integration of theory and practice within the psychosexual field. It allows the development of comprehensive skills in psychosexual therapy, working with individuals and couples, in time limited and open ended work. From the start it emphasises the student’s own reflexive process and the drawing together of the abilities and theoretical understanding necessary to form the bedrock for development of psychosexual therapy skills.

It offers practitioners an exciting opportunity for challenge and growth by taking part in a programme of study which integrates the principles of psychosexual therapy to the latest clinical understanding of the interactions between culture, love, intimacy and sexual expression, as well as challenges such as the treatment of sexual dysfunctions,, sexual trauma, shame and female genital cutting.

The course is modular, taking place over a 10 month period in each year, with monthly attendance on two day blocks. The research proposal and dissertation will build on the integration of theory into practice offering students an exciting opportunity to showcase their work with clients.

Clinical placements will be in an approved clinical setting and involve 200 hours of practice during the two years.

We aim to offer two venues for study per year, either at our  Doncaster Hub campus or at Birkbeck College in London*.

Students are expected to organise their own supervision whilst on placement; a ratio of one hour of supervision to six hours of clinical practice is needed to satisfy COSRT’s individual accreditation requirements.

* There will be a venue surcharge for courses taking place outside the Doncaster campus

COSRT Course Approval Pending status will be sought.

Level
Level 7
Duration
2 years
Awarding Body
University of Hull
Department
​​​​​Foundation for Counselling and Relationship Studies
Course Fees
£3500 for year 1* Year 2 TBC
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Units and Structure

Aims of the course

This programme aims to

  • Provide an advanced professional training at Masters level
  • Provide a contemporary framework for theoretically informed practice-based training
  • Provide an innovative theoretical training which integrates practice and clinical supervision
  • Develop practitioners’ ability for independent learning
  • Develop practitioners’ professional skills in order to work creatively with a wide variety of clinical presentations, drawn from a wide variety of social contexts
  • Integrate a wide range of theoretical concepts, research and thinking with the principles of psychosexual therapy
  • Develop and broaden practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, trauma, shame, medical conditions, paraphilias, sexual behaviour, sexual addiction and female genital cutting
  • Develop and broaden practitioners’ reflexivity in working ethically with a diverse range of clients, striving to overcome internal biases
  • Enhance employability in statutory and voluntary sectors, as well as independent practice
  • Meet COSRT professional requirements

Course Contents

Key topics included in the first year include the key principles of psychosexual therapy, CBT strategies, sexual dysfunctions, challenges to sexual expression, including sexomnia, collusive relationships, ethics and safeguarding , gender and sexual discourses.

The second year will build on the principles gained in the first year and explore recent developments in sexual medicine, change theory, culture, alternative sexualities, chemsex, genital cutting, neuroscience, trauma, shame, pornography and Cybersex.

Students will complete a self-evaluation form after each block of training, which will be used in supervision and enable dialogue between training staff and supervisors.

This programme is designed to provide theoretical knowledge and practice based skills and a variety teaching and learning strategies are used, such as formal and interactive lectures, group activities and practice based learning.

The approach to research is to make it as relevant as possible to the students’ practice. As well as giving students a thorough understanding of how to read and make sense of counselling and psychosexual research from the beginning of the course, we aim to encourage and enable students to apply an enquiring and effective research approach to their clinical practice. Teaching about the principles of research and skills in reading research will begin at a very early stage in year one and be built on as the course progresses, finding out about different kinds of research and being able to recognise and appreciate the rationale for differences in approach. The aim is to make this as relevant as possible to students’ study at the time.

Progression to the Masters stage is achieved by being awarded 60 credits in the first year and being on course to successfully complete modules 4,5 and 6.  Two modules are dedicated to the Masters stage, including the Research Principles module.

As part of the course requirements, students will be expected to attend three CPD days per annum. This can be from the UCD CPD portfolio and/or any relevant COSRT approved training and COSRT conferences.

There is a requirement for 50 hours of personal development and experiential work focussed on self in relation to other. This can consist of personal therapy, personal and professional development group work as part of the course and externally, such as experiential group work.  COSRT’s membership at a reduced rate is a mandatory requirement.

Whilst on the course students will be granted access to the comprehensive online resources of the University Centre Doncaster Learning Resource Centre.

Course assessment

Assessment is by a variety of methods such as case presentations and written assignments that are designed to assess the development of the student’s understanding, development and competence as a reflexive practitioner, working safely and ethically in a wide range of settings and contexts. Students are required to keep a journal and submit a portfolio, together with a supervisor’s report, at the end of each year.

The Masters stage will require submission of a research proposal and a dissertation integrating theoretical research, practice and reflexivity.

Students are required to adhere to the COSRT Code of Ethics and Practice.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

Prospective students must have:

  • Degree or equivalent qualification or APEL
  • Evidence of counselling qualification, including face to face supervised clinical practice OR
  • Evidence of relevant equivalent training within the sexual heath field (NHS/Social Work)
  • Access to a practice base in an approved clinical setting, such as a counselling organisation, primary care trust or specialist NHS department
  • Competence in the use of IT and regular access to the Internet

Selection process

Applicants satisfying the entry requirements will attend an interview with the Course Director and members of the teaching staff.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Michèle Logue

Michèle Logue


Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

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Course Dates

January 2019 start – Doncaster Year 1                                          

Block  Dates
1 11 & 12 January 2019
2 15 & 16 February 2019
3 22 & 23 March 2019
4 26, 27 & 28 April 2019
5 14 & 15 June 2019
6 September TBC
7 October TBC
8 November TBC

January 2019 start – Doncaster Year 2                                         

Block  Dates
9 17 & 18 January 2019
10 21 & 22  February 2019
11 07 & 08 March 2019
12 25 & 26 April 2019
13 20 & 21 June 2019
14 September TBC
15 October TBC
16 November TBC

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

Prospective students must have:

  • Degree or equivalent qualification or APEL
  • Evidence of counselling qualification, including face to face supervised clinical practice OR
  • Evidence of relevant equivalent training within the sexual heath field (NHS/Social Work)
  • Access to a practice base in an approved clinical setting, such as a counselling organisation, primary care trust or specialist NHS department
  • Competence in the use of IT and regular access to the Internet

Selection process

Applicants satisfying the entry requirements will attend an interview with the Course Director and members of the teaching staff.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


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