Advanced Years 1 & 2: Diploma in Counselling using TA

Advanced Training leading to the Diploma in Counselling using TA (COSCA Validated)

At Physis Scotland we are delighted to offer our trainees the opportunity to qualify as a TA Counsellor after three years of training (Foundation plus two further years).

Students who qualify with the Diploma in Counselling using TA are able to work as self employed counsellors in private practice.

The Diploma is validated by COSCA and is recognised as a “qualification in counselling” by other accrediting bodies such as BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).

Successful students who pass the final Diploma exam are eligible to apply for BACP or COSCA Accredited Practitioner status two years following qualification, on completion of a total of 450 practice hours.

Components of the Diploma in Counselling using TA

Advanced Year 1

In the second year of training students will focus on developing clinical skills and commencing a clinical placement once they have been endorsed to practice by their year trainer. Increasing emphasis is placed on developing therapeutic relationships with clients, whilst developing a deeper awareness of our own internal processes and how we impact and are impacted in relationship.

There are 20 days of training comprising:

The Saturdays of each weekend will focus on developing theoretical understanding through a variety of methods including taught elements, experiential exercises, working in pairs and small groups, group discussion and group process. The focus on Sunday is developing clinical skills, which includes observed skills practice and feedback.

 

Sample Content

  • Beginnings – Group formation, Contracting Revisited, An Introduction to Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • The Cathexis School, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Classical TA
  • The Redecision School and Gestalt, and Co-Creative Principles
  • Personality Adaptations
  • Integrative TA
  • Classical TA, Psychodynamic and Relational TA
  • Starting in Practice and Self Care
  • Difference and Diversity
  • Introduction to Attachment Theory
  • Endings in Therapy, Ethics, Presentations, Self and Peer Assessment

Each of these Advanced Year 1 training weekends will be explored through an intersectional lens, accounting for diversity, social responsibility and political contexts.

 

Assessment

  • One 3000 word essay
  • One 3000 word presentation supporting paper
  • A 10-15 minute presentation (including supporting documentation)
  • Reflective learning journal
  • Observed skills practice
  • Ongoing participation in group discussion and process

 

Personal Therapy

A minimum of 40 hours of personal therapy per year is a requirement for Advanced clinical training.

 

Course dates 2021/22

  • 4th/5th September 2021
  • 16th/17th October 2021
  • 20th November 2021 (STAA conference)
  • 27th/28th November 2021
  • 11th/12th December 2021
  • 8th/9th January 2022
  • 12th/13th February 2022
  • 5th/6th March 2022 (Physis Scotland Get Together Day)
  • 9th April 2022 (Physis Scotland Get Together Day)
  • 7th/8th May 2022
  • 25th/26th June 2022

Course tutors 2021/2022

Ronen Stilman, PTSTA and Sheila Beare, PTSTA plus a range of visiting trainers

Recognition

On successful completion of Advanced Year 1 participants will be awarded a Physis Scotland Completion Certificate and will be eligible to progress into Advanced Year 2.

“Ronen, our course tutor was excellent, stretching us and giving us space to consider concepts at our own pace. He encouraged us to critique theory which was very welcome. Ronen’s enthusiasm is infectious”.

Advanced Year 2

The third year of training is the ‘in-depth year’, where students deepen and consolidate the work done in the second year of training, whilst developing their clinical ‘toolbox’ and range of interventions in clinical work.

There are 20 days of training comprising:

The Saturdays of each weekend will focus on developing theoretical understanding through a variety of methods including taught elements, experiential exercises, working in pairs and small groups, group discussion and group process. The focus on Sunday is developing clinical skills, which includes client presentation, supervision, and skills training .

Following the successful completion of all training requirements and having completed 100 hours in a clinical placement setting, trainees are eligible to apply to sit their Diploma Exam in TA Counselling.

 

Sample Content

  • Assessment and Diagnosis for Anxiety and Depression
  • Treatment Planning – The Story of Therapy
  • Sadness, Loss and Grief
  • Working with Gender Variant Clients
  • Working with Clients in Extreme and Distressed States
  • Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Working with Shame and Defensive Processes
  • Difference and Diversity
  • Working with Couples
  • Endings in Therapy, Ethics, Transcripts, Self and Peer Assessment

Each of these Advanced Year 2 training weekends will be explored through an intersectional lens, accounting for diversity, social responsibility and political contexts.

 

Assessment

  • One 3000 word essay
  • One 3000 word case study
  • Two pieces of transcript analysis (maximum 500 words each)
  • Reflective learning journal
  • Supervisor’s Report
  • Ongoing participation in group discussion and process

 

Personal Therapy

A minimum of 40 hours of personal therapy per year is a requirement for Advanced clinical training.

Course dates 2021/22

  • 11th/12th September 2021
  • 9th/10th October 2021
  • 6th/7th November 2021
  • 20th November 2021 (STAA conference)
  • 4th/5th December 2021
  • 22nd/23rd January 2022
  • 19th/20th February 2022
  • 19th/20th March 2022
  • 9th April 2022 (Physis Scotland Get Together Day)
  • 21st/22nd May 2022
  • 11th/12th June 2022

Course tutor 2021/2022

Jennie Miller, PTSTA plus a range of visiting trainers

Recognition

On successful completion of Advanced Year 2 participants will be awarded a Physis Scotland Completion Certificate and will be eligible to progress into Advanced Year 3 (taught psychotherapy component).

“I love the structure, the content and really bringing to life what we do like and don’t like about the theory. I particularly like how everyone is accounted for and the support given. Physis Scotland is great at being there for you, the ethos, the attention, the care for their students is marvellous. I also like how much time they spend helping students either with their academic work, placement and workshops outside of the main course. It feels like a very homely environment.”

Many trainees complete their Diploma and continue into their final year of training at Physis Scotland (Advanced Year 3), developing their private practice at the same time as completing the taught component of the CTA Psychotherapy.

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“Physis Scotland is a thriving training organisation with enthusiastic and supportive trainees who are loving their learning experiences. The training programme appears very emergent and co-creative with high levels of attention paid to the emergent meaning-making and discoveries of the students. The organisation appears very welcoming to trainees, trainers and to visitors, evidencing that it is committed to a process of open communication, discussion and change. I was very impressed by the philosophical positioning and stance of useful curiosity by the trainers and students.”
COSCA External Assessor, 2021
"I absolutely loved Sheila's gentle and kind nature. She taught us with such a gentle style. I really felt like she was in it with us from day one! Sheila did a great job juggling the technical, the content and teaching - especially in such challenging times. I loved the course and love Physis!"

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