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Neuroscience of Psychotherapy


Saturday 29 June - Saturday 06 July 2024, 10am-4pm

2 sessions - Check class timetable


This new short course, Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, will look at how knowledge of the structure, functions and processes of the brain can support counsellors and psychotherapists in their clinical practice. Topics we will cover on this course include:

  • basic structure and functions of the brain and how growth and development occur at the level of neurons and synapses
  • brain laterality - the development of the left and right brains and how therapeutic processes involve left/right brain processes
  • memory consolidation and reconsolidation processes and their implications for working with traumatic memory
  • research into the neuroscientific explanations for key therapeutic processes such as empathy, transference and countertransference, and containment.

This 10-hour course is designed as an introductory taster for those who have no previous knowledge or experience of neuroscience.

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.