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Psychotherapy Diploma Standards

Unit Description

Relationship with Established Therapeutic Practices

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of other psychotherapeutic approaches with regard to individual clients
  • Describe social influences on human constructed experience
  • Apply theories of the construction of self and identity within the social world
  • Describe the significance of mental health diagnostic categories in DSM-V, as they relate to adults and their behaviours
  • Cite instances of Psychopharmacology and drug testing issues in relation to own client work
  • Demonstrate compliance with current legislation in relation to safeguarding and data protection
  • Demonstrate the ability to work constructively with interfacing agencies, providing reports as required

Relationship with NLPt

  • Demonstrate an ability to present NLPt as a credible and effective methodology
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge through researching a specific area of specialism
  • Demonstrate a working understanding of the nature of Constructivism as it applies to changework and own practice
  • Demonstrate compliance with NLPtCA’s Codes of Ethics
  • Describe NLPtCA’s complaints procedures

Relationship with self

  •  Demonstrate ability to enhance practice through structured reflection, supervision and peer discussion
  •  Demonstrate how new learning has improved and informed own practice
  • Continually update own model in response to changes in client information
  • Move between the various levels of organization, therapist/therapist, therapist/client, therapist/process, therapist/wider system

Relationship with client

  • Work with the client’s behavioural patterns being displayed in the moment
  • Demonstrate therapeutic purpose when not modelling
  • Work with the logic and interconnectedness of the client’s system, during session and with tasking
  • Recognise and respond to parallel processing
  • Recognise and respond to the dynamic of the therapist/client interface
  • Utilise a boundary issue in the service of the client’s outcome
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage clients with complex issues over a period of time
  • Be able to respond to clients who become severely distressed
  • Be able to assess and respond to signs of suicidal ideation and intent
  • Be able to recognize and respond to clients who display behaviours suggesting severely disturbed mental health
  • Have a practical understanding of the significance of prescribed drugs in terms of dosage and effects
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with race, culture, religious, identity diversity
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with intergenerational issues mindful of the relevant social and cultural contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to accommodate the role of family, social and cultural networks in providing support to clients mindful of any counterproductive elements within this network


Qualitative Evidence

  • Written answers from Social Science 2, Psycopathology and Pharmacology and Ethics Workbooks
  • Mapped evidenced cross referenced with Standards to include examples from
    • 2 Annotated Transcript – 60 mins
    • 1 videoed session – 60 mins
    • A self originated model
    • 20.000 word Dissertation / Modelling Project
    • Personal Reflective Logbook

Quantitative Evidence

  • Evidence of Client Hrs
  • Evidence of Supervision Hrs
  • Training Record
  • Personal Therapy Record

Underpinning Knowledge

  • Other psychotherapeutic models
  • Social forces and influences – social cognition and how people construct their   experience of events and others
  • Concepts of self and identity including sexuality and gender differences
  • Rules and social functions of language
  • Collective human behaviour and group formation
  • Stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination and their effects on human relations
  • Psychopathology – theories and models of psychopathology centred around DSM-V categories
  • Psychopharmacology – main substance groups and their actions and effects
  • Safeguarding and data protection
  • NLPtCA Codes of Ethics and complaints process
  • Constructivist philosophy and theory related to NLPt methodology
  • Nature of binding patterns
  • Recognition of clients with extremely disturbed mental health
  • Range of interfacing agencies and required protocols
  • Seven eyed supervisor matrix

Underpinning Skills

  • Delivering ethical practice
  • Systemic thinking
  • Production of working models
  • Research activities
  • Ability to move freely through 3D systemic space
  • Track own positioning within systemic space
  • Tasking
  • Multiple attention
  • Sensory acuity to verbal and non-verbal indicators
  • Communication with outside agencies
  • Management of long term clients