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Post Qualifying MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy


A writing and research programme for qualified psychotherapists run
by BCPC and validated by Middlesex University London.

Post Qualifying MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

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This is an opportunity to review and renew your practice through a humanistic research programme that supports you to explore your chosen subject area, design your research and present your results in a research paper of 15,000 words leading to the award of MA from Middlesex University London.
PQMA Course Content

You don't necessarily need to have already worked out an area of study to apply for this programme as initially the work of the course is to help you find a “research question”. Something you want to know more about; a puzzle to you; an area you want to spend some time with; a subject you already feel passionate about. Your area of study might be a further exploration of your previous dissertation subject or a different area entirely - this is to be discovered.

You will be joining an existing group of MA students in their final year, who have reached the stage of writing their research dissertation. This group will meet for 18 one day meetings, fortnightly on Fridays over the academic year, building an experiential and research focused learning community where writing will be presented and feedback received.
There will be tutor input on qualitative research design and methodology exploring various approaches including Heuristic , Phenomenological and Imaginal methods. In addition there are 3 tutorials and 3 tutor feedbacks on drafts during the year, designed to give you full support with your writing (further support is available if needed in the period leading up to submission of your paper).

Here is what previous students on the course have said:  

 ‘I found the PQMA to be a rare opportunity to follow an enquiry into a passion. A chance to do this in a fully supported context where I had the pleasure of sharing with others who were following their own passions’ 

‘It provided an opportunity for me to return to a theme which opened up but felt unfinished as I completed the writing for my Psychotherapy Diploma submission. It was well worth the return journey. One of the things I discovered was a desire to write even more.’

‘This course helped me find a deep immersion in my subject, falling in love with my theme, finding the writing process nourishing and sustaining in itself, together with a sense of real closeness with co-researchers, lots of banter, love, hate, rivalry and support!’

‘This writing has helped give birth to a new identity, that of a fledgling writer, researcher and academic for which I am immensely grateful.’

For more information please download the PQMA flyer 2015-2016.pdf or you can contact the MA programme leader Tree Staunton email tstaunton@bcpc.org.uk.

If you would like to apply to join the PQMA please download an application form and send it to the BCPC office either by email using admin@bcpc.org.uk or by post to: BCPC, 1 Trim Bridge, Bath, BA1 1HD

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