Academic or non-academic Psychotherapy Training, what's the difference?

Psychotherapy training is becoming more and more academic. At Homa, while we have utmost respect for theory and our programme is fundamentally rooted in the theories of humanistic psychology, we bring a different, non-academic approach to psychotherapy training. Where we differ from so many of the training organisations who are now affiliated with universes and offer Masters qualifications, is that we are committed to a primarily experiential and reflective model of learning.

What does this mean in practice?

It means that rather than learning about the theories by talking about them, reading about them or watching presentations and then maybe practicing them in relation to use with clients, you will learn the theories by experiencing them in action as part of a group process. You will experience the theories first hand, exploring your relationship with yourself and others through a theoretical lens. We believe that we can only sit with clients and hold space for them if we know ourselves well enough first. So knowing ourselves inside out, in relation to all the humanistic theories and practices we will explore, is the first task. Only then will you be ready to think about and experiment with the theories as a professional. You will then be invited to reflect on your personal and professional learning both verbally and in writing. While we do expect you to reference the theories to show that you understand them, your work will not be graded in the same way that university papers are. The feedback will be as detailed and specific but you will not be working to an external mark scheme or set of grades. Rather, each trainee is assessed by their peers, course tutors and personal tutors as well as being empowered to assess their own progress and understanding. Assignments are discussed with your personal tutor so that you are clear about your progress and working edges.