The course draws on a variety of methods. These include didactic lectures, structured skills development and practice, workshops/seminar style learning, experiential learning and the practical application of the teaching through supervised practice. More details of the curriculum are available in the 2022-2024 course information sheet.
The first year the taught element of the programme takes place over seven three-day blocks from January to November (Friday-Sunday).
The second year the attendance is over seven two-day blocks and one three day block (December-September). The course formally ends in the following January.
Seminars are scheduled 10.00 to 16.00 hrs. However on Saturdays you will finish at 16.30 following your reflective group
COVID-19: following a period of online training we have now returned to face to face, in the classroom facilitation. LDPRT will regularly review protocols in line with government direction and recommendation.
Specialist psychosexual and couples and relationship clinical work experience, usually within a placement setting, commences in October/November towards the end of the first year. Students are required to complete 200 hours of supervised practice hopefully by the time the course completes in January 2024. However, in exceptional circumstances, clinical hours may be extended for a further 6 months. Supervision is required for this clinical practice at a ratio of 1 supervision hour: 6 clinical hours.
As well as attending all modules students are required to attend peer support meetings on a monthly basis of 2-3 hours duration, students are also expected to engage with self directed learning which would include relevant reading, preparation for essays and case study submission whilst also keeping a personal journal. Students will also be expected to research a relevant topic as their second year project. The project titles, which extend to 4,000 words, will be issued at the start of Year 2. Students may be offered further CPD events during the life time of the course. Tutorial groups will be held during each module on Saturday and therefore on those days the course will finish slightly later. Students will also need to attend at least one individual tutorial each year.