Stage Two: Clinical Training


Building on your Certificate in TA Theory foundation year, you continue into clinical training, which runs over 2 consecutive years.

Stage Two (a) extends your theory knowledge and skills into the schools and approaches of TA and how you apply these to work with clients in a therapeutic context.

Stage Two (b) focuses on working with particular client groups and areas of clinical specialisation.

At the end of the 2 years, you have the option to qualify with a Connexus Institute Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. You then have the option to progress to Stage Three, completing your final year in preparation to become a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and an EATA accredited Certified Transactional Analyst.

We all felt that Lisa supported and encouraged us to be ourselves in the group. We were not corralled towards a particular formula, but instead were encouraged to develop our own styles as ethical practitioners.

Christine Walker

What does the Stage Two (a) cover?

Over eleven weekends, you will be introduced to the main schools and approaches of TA to explore how they understand therapeutic change, diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as being taught the professional clinical skills needed to work with clients in a therapeutic context.

This is the year that you will start a voluntary placement as a trainee counsellor and experience what it’s like to be in a therapist’s chair working with live client issues under the guidance of a supportive clinical supervisor.

Examples of course content

  • ‘Neuroscience, the ‘Social Brain’ and our perception of safety in relationships
  • A client's clinical journey
  • Contracting for therapeutic change
  • The Classical School; psychological games, decontamination and psychopathology
  • The Redecision School; self-actualisation, fundamental change and impasse theory
  • The Cathexis School; co-dependency, symbiosis, passive behaviours and reparenting
  • Relational TA; development of the ‘self’, emerging unconscious process, empathic transactions, transference and countertransference
  • Professional Practice and Ethics
  • Working with difference and diversity
  • Relational contact and dynamics in the therapy room

During this year, you will need to complete two x 2500 word essays, have a reflective discussion with your tutor and have your counselling skills endorsed as ready for placement. You will also need to continue with your journal, and at the end of the year, hand in a supervisor’s report if you have started your clinical placement. Our aim this year is giving you a solid start in developing your clinical competency and your skills, and our highly experienced tutors are here to help you every step of the way.

    What does the Stage Two (b) cover?

    We designed this year to deepen and develop your clinical knowledge and skills and introduce you to some of the main specialist areas within counselling and psychotherapy, and to extend and expand your clinical skills further.

    Examples of course content

    • Trauma: neurobiology and affect regulation
    • Sex and psychosexual issues
    • Addiction
    • Grief and loss
    • Depression and anxiety
    • Safeguarding, assessment of risk and suicidal ideation
    • Shame
    • Working with couples
    • Difference, Diversity and the 'Cultural Parent'
    • Setting up in private practice
    • Research and the development of theory

    During this year, you will need to complete 1 x 2500 word essay, present a research poster in small groups and have a reflective discussion with your tutor, continue with your journal, and at the end of the year, hand in your clinical supervisor’s report.

    What outcomes can I expect from Stage Two?

    At the end of Stage Two, you will have an understanding of theories of the mind, mental conflict, distress and deficit across wide ranging and specialised clinical contexts. You will also have been taught and have practised more complex clinical skills.

    We have designed our course for maximum flexibility, giving you three options to choose from at this point:

    • Successfully complete the final assessment stages necessary to qualify with a Connexus Institute Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and end your training.
    • Take your Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and then carry on to ‘Stage 3’, the final year of your formal TA training, in preparation to become a registered psychotherapist and CTA
    • Continue to Stage 3 of your Psychotherapy studies without taking the optional Diploma and complete your final year in preparation to becoming a psychotherapist and CTA.

    Why attend?

    This course is designed for those wishing to become a professional Counsellor or Psychotherapist. At Connexus we welcome applications from both graduates and non-graduates who have completed a Foundation year in TA. Apply today or contact us if you want to talk with about your individual application..

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    Length: 2 years total
    Stage 2a – 1 year (11 weekends)
    Stage 2b – 1 year (11 weekends)

    Course dates are:

    Sept 18 & 19 2021
    Oct 9 & 10
    Nov 13 & 14
    Dec 11 & 12
    Jan 15 & 16 2022
    Feb 12 & 13
    Mar 12 & 13
    Apr 9 & 10
    May 14 & 15
    June 11 & 12
    July 9 & 10

    Cost: £2,650 per year

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