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

Susie Hewitt PTSTA  Core Tutor at Physis Scotland. 

Susie shares about our ethos as a training organisation, her experience as a member of the Physis Scotland team, along with her passion and energy for teaching.

 

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.

“Susie has been an excellent tutor who has fitted in quickly and I have adapted to her teaching style which has been a good learning curve for me. The academic level has been extremely high, the material presented really informative and understandable.”

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

  • The Therapeutic Relationship – The Real Tool for Change
  • Assessment and Diagnosis for Anxiety and Depression
  • Treatment Planning – The Story of Therapy
  • Working with Gender Variant Clients
  • Working with Clients in Extreme and Distressed States
  • Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Sadness, Loss and Grief
  • 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).

“Ethical practice is core to the training provided at Physis Scotland. Students are consistently asked to consider their own ethical view and the training provided continually challenges the student to apply the ethical code to their practice and their way of thinking about client work.”
COSCA External Assessor

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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“From my observations of the training groups, reading a range of assignments and discussions with the groups and trainers I am satisfied that Physis Scotland are providing excellent training programmes that are run to high academic and professional standards.”
COSCA External Assessor
"It has been a really lovely year, even with the move to virtual. Susie has been a fantastic trainer. She has such a passion for TA that is quite infectious. She has challenged us throughout to think deeper & broader. I have especially loved the therapy demos which have really helped to bring the theory to life."

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