south manchester centre for psychotherapy

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Next dates for the introductory course:

26th and 27th March 2015

12 midday – 6.30 pm on Day One and 9.30 am - 3.30 pm Day Two

For full details please click here

smcp has been delivering fully accredited psychotherapy training since 1997 and is a United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis Registered Training Establishment, delivering, flexible, weekend training that leads to qualified membership with UKCP and BACP.

The United kingdom Council for Psychotherapy UKCP is the leading body for the registration of Psychotherapists and holds the government-accredited national register of psychotherapists.

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - BACP.

Entry is at any time of the year and training can be achieved alongside full time employment.

United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) is a member organization of The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy - UKCP. UKATA is the largest member organization of The Humanistic and Integrative College of UKCP.

Presently there are two parallel, weekend, part-time training groups. smcp has a training structure that provides options - missed training days can be made up within the same training year - this flexibility of approach received an 'excellent' by 100% of students in their end of year feedback.

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Please scroll down the page for the following:

Details of the accredited part time Psychotherapy/Counslling Training Programme

What's on offer

Entry Criteria and How to Apply

Accreditation and Time Frame

Diploma Award - leads to BACP registration

Certified Transactional Analyst award - leads to UKCP registration



Payment Options


Application Form

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Fully Accredited Part Time - Weekend Psychotherapy Training

Transactional Analysis is a theory of personality and interpersonal behaviour, and a method of psychotherapy.

You may want to consider training if you are:

Interested in Psychotherapy, Counselling, Personal Development, Professional Development, or improving your communication skills and relationships both professionally and personally.


Would like to enhance your understanding and skills in working with people.


Are practising as a counsellor and want to develop your effectiveness with a wider range of clients and problems.


Are somebody who would like to explore a new career as a psychotherapist or counsellor.


Would like to personally develop your understanding of yourself with like minded people.

What we offer

At smcp we offer part time, flexible, weekend, fully accredited training in psychotherapy and counselling. Introductory courses are available throughout the year and you may join one of the main training groups at any point during the year - dependent on place availability.

Entry Criteria

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Entry Criteria and How to Apply

Accreditation and Time frame

Training to become a UKCP or BACP registered psychotherapist: Participation in the four year part-time training programme is flexible - hours do not need to be accumulated within consecutive years.

Diploma Award

To achieve the Diploma Award students must fulfil the following criteria over a minimum of three years:

450 hours of Theory training

450 hours of practical experience (working as a primary counsellor) over a min of 3 years

50 hours in a supervised placement (included within the 450 hours above)

150 hours of supervision - at least 1.5 hours per month(once practising)

80 personal psychotherapy hours

4 x 2,000 word essays over 4 years

Written case study presentation

Certified Transactional Analyst

To achieve the qualification of Certified Transactional Analyst, students must fulfil the following criteria over a minimum of four years:

600 hours of Theory training

750 hours of practical experience (working as a student psychotherapist)

50 hours in a supervised placement (included within the 750 hours above)

150 hours of supervision (once practising)

160 personal psychotherapy hours

4 x 3,000 word essays

Written case study presentation

Oral examination

Students can potentially begin practising after a minimum of one year. You can take as many years as you want to become fully qualified as a Psychotherapist or Counsellor - minimum number of years is three.

Personal Development: You might want to attend for your own learning, development and enjoyment for as few or as many years as you wish.


The programme is structured as four modules over four years. smcp offers two identical training options:

Group A: 15 weekend days per year beginning September 2014

Group B: 15 days - 11 weekend days and 4 Fridays (Friday times 1pm - 9pm) beginning September 2014

Costs September 2014 - July 2015:

Year 1: £1,420 - £100 dep then 12 x £110 payable - Aug 2014 to Jul 2015
Year 2: £1,460 - £80 dep then 12 x £115 payable - Aug 2014 to Jul 2015
Year 3/4: £1,520 - £80 dep then 12 x £120 payable - Aug 2014 to Jul 2015

Organisations: £1550 – for full or part funded places. Monthly payments are by SO or other payment options can be negotiated. Concessionary Rates are available.

smcp has excellent administrative procedures and enquiries will be responded to promptly

Payment Options

You may pay by:

1. Standing Order - 12 monthly payments from August - July,

2. BACS transfer - you may pay by instalments from August - July or make agreed payments over a 12 month period or in one payment.

3. Paypal (includes a charge made by paypal of about 3% - access the button at the bottom of this page) - please email for full details re payment.

If you would like further information or would like to meet at smcp prior to applying then please contact smcp on email.

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Dates and Costs 2014 - 15

Download the smcp 2014 - 15 Dates and Costs

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Application Form

Please read the 'Entry Criteria and How to Apply' download above and then access the smcp 2014 - 15 Application form here.

Please make your application electronically. If you would like the application form in word format please email.

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Dates and Costs 2013 - 14

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smcp payment options

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