12 Month Certificate in Psychotherapy Theory and Practices

"I regard psychotherapy as a work of love, for it must be open to another's idiom and meaning and hold in mind the unique value of any other person... someone with whom we share a common humanity"  Mary Duhig

Humane Psychotherapy responses seek to create safety in the human to human relationship. For this reason the course will not refer to ‘treating’ or responding to mental illness labels. Instead the focus will be on understanding and accepting the person as expressing themselves in a way that is legitimately responding to the experience of lacking safety in any given moment.

As with all ‘helping’ professions, Psychotherapy can fall into the trap of unconscious or obstructive views that mean approaches intentionally, or otherwise, follow established diagnostic frameworks. The certificate in Psychotherapy Theories and Practices will seek to move away from the Psychodiagnosis (Sanders, in Watson, 2019) and remain true to the values of healing in safe human to human relationships.


This 12 month certificate will be a professional and personal experience of exploration and growth. It is expected that individuals will become more of who they are, as they consider and explore deeply what it is to be in relationship with self and other – especially in the context of a person in distress.

Upon completion, graduates of the course will be invited to be included on the list of certified practitioners at the Cenre for Human Relations and be considered an Associate of Humane Clinic. This will include priority referrals and ongoing connection.

The course will be delivered over the course of 11 days – in 4 blocks – over a period of 12 months.


Workshop days will include process groups and development of personal and professional learning that builds on video learning between blocks, mentoring groups and supervised practice.

Participants will be strongly encouraged to engage in personal therapy during the course.


   Course content:  2020

  • Intensive 1 – Working with Non-Ordinary States (3 days) 16-18 March 

  • Intensive 2 – Human emotion as a legitimate response to adversity (3 days) 4-6 May 

  • Intensive 3 – Working with groups, families and relational dynamics (3 days) 24-26 August 

  • Intensive 4 – Journeys of Self and Other (2 days) 26-27 October 

Between intensives education and process

  • Fortnightly video content from topic of previous intensive

  • Supervision and mentoring groups – online or face to face (dependent on location of participant)

  • Reading materials provided fortnightly throughout each block – monthly journal reflection.


Expectations of participants

  • Participants will be required to complete reflection in writing / video / creative expression and present to the group at each block

  • Attendence at complete blocks including process groups

  • Attendence at supervision and mentoring sessions

  • Application of approaches in ‘work’ settings – demonstrated in reflections at each block with whole group

Additional opportunities

  • Potential to undertake placement at Humane Clinic – subject to application

  • Volunteer opportunity on development of National Centre for HUMANE connection


Who is the course for?

Anyone in the role of supporter to people who experience human distress

This course will likely be of value to people who have a core training but are seeking to develop professional and personally to work in a way that intentionally does not pathologise human experience