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"The brain is wider than the sky." - Emily Dickinson

At a Glance

  • Live online course
  • 2 hours a week
  • Tuesdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: January to March
  • Tutors: Various leading members of the UKCP
  • Fees from £125 to £210
  • Imperial College Attendance Certificate (T&Cs apply)
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Logo of the U.K.C.P. This course is organised in partnership with the UK Council for Psychotherapy

Delivered in partnership with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), this ten-week course will take the fundamental concepts of psychotherapy out of the consulting room and into our everyday lives.

Through scenarios, individual and group exercises, you will gain first-hand insight into the day to day working lives of UKCP psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.

The course will begin with a general introduction to the profession, its key concepts and ethics, and will then delve, week by week, into workshops that demonstrate psychotherapy’s efficiency in a range of contexts.

Delivered by highly experienced experts, you will also learn from the professionals how looking at experiences and events through a psychotherapeutic lens can help. The aim of the course is also to be interactive, so discussion on the themes raised will be welcomed and encouraged.

We would like to create a safe space for open discussions on a range of potentially sensitive topics for all students and speakers, therefore none of the sessions will be recorded.

No prior knowledge of history, medicine or psychotherapy is required to join this course. Also please note that this course is not designed to train people in the practical skills of psychotherapy.

Online access to course

This is a taught live online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time on a specific day of the week. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course Delivery'.

Certificate of attendance

All those attending at least 80% of the taught sessions for this course will receive a Certificate of Attendance from Imperial College.

If you complete at least 80% attendance of three of the joint Imperial College/UKCP adult education courses in psychotherapy you will receive a joint Imperial College / UKCP Certificate of Attendance confirming your engagement with the course. Additional courses are scheduled to start in April and October, subject to sufficient student enrolments.

Course Information

Course Programme

Course Programme and Learning Outcomes (programme subject to confirmation and possible modification)

Week 1 (18th January): Introduction – Ethics, Overview, Agreed Protocols – Prof Sarah Niblock

  • Students will learn about the fundamental understanding of the centrality of personal and professional ethics to the practice of psychotherapy. Students will gain some practical experience of group dynamics as a foundation to the therapeutic relationship.

Week 2 (25th January): My Very First Patient: A Case Study – Prof Brett Kahr

  • Course participants will be able to acquire a fuller understanding of the structure and impact of verbal psychotherapy, based on clinical detail. Students will also be able to gain a better knowledge of the psychology of psychotic states.

Week 3 (1st February): Negotiating Identity in the 21st Century – Dr Syed Azmatullah

  • Students will learn about some of the evolutions of psychotherapy theory and how these have progressed our awareness of the importance and difficulties of “identity”. We will explore models of multiple and fluid self in the contexts of social isolation and emotional connection.

Week 4 (8th February): Urban Psychology – Chris Murray

  • This session will cover an introduction to ‘urban psychology’, the two-way interface between the urban environment and human mental and emotional wellbeing. We will include an overview of thinking from different fields, and ask you to participate in a short, interactive ‘psychoanalysis’ of a city and its life history.

Week 5 (15th February): Illuminating the Inner Landscape: Therapeutic Use of the Arts – Michèle Bartlett

  • Students will learn how the therapeutic use of creative arts and the imagination can enable self-understanding, enliven expression of feeling and communication of experience. We will become aware of how different creative forms can be used therapeutically, the specific advantages of certain creative media and some of the circumstances in which the use of particular arts media may be inappropriate or unhelpful.

Week 6 (22nd February): Environmental Crisis and Inner Worlds – Tree Staunton & Judith Anderson

  • Students will understand the personal and societal defences that come into play facing environmental crisis. We will explore the range of emotional and mental health effects of this crisis and the part psychotherapeutic understandings may play.

Week 7 (1st March): Our Family Schema – Dr Reenee Singh

  • Students will gain an understanding of how the self of the therapist and self-reflexivity impact on clinical practice. We will learn how to construct a cultural genogram through having the experience of constructing one's own genogram and reflecting on the experience and clinical implications.

Week 8 (8th March): Working Systemically with Organisations: Applying Systemic Concepts to Team Working – Matthew Adam

  • We will gain an understanding of the role of culture in families and organisational systems and learn to apply key systemic concepts to invite organisational culture change.

Week 9 (15th March): Dreams and Myths – Martin Pollecoff

  • This lecture will allow participants to begin untangling themselves from the conformity of obeying old precepts that no longer apply to their lives.  We will be examining myths on the level of society, family and individuals. The end result should be a greater sense of awe and gratitude for life.

Week 10 (22nd March): Interpersonal Skills, Empathy and Listening – Prof Divine Charura

  • Students will gain fundamental understanding of theoretical perspectives of empathy, and the different kinds of listening that are essential for the practice of psychotherapy and everyday communication. We will explore the practical experience of listening skills, responding empathically and authentically using interpersonal skills as a foundation to the therapeutic communication.

Course Facilitator: Jovana Perzic (Head of Academic Enterprise and Innovation, UKCP)

Our aim is to offer additional joint Imperial/UKCP courses entitled ‘Greatest Psychotherapists’ (April to June 2022) and ‘A Social History of the Mind’ (October to December 2022), subject to sufficient student recruitment.

Additional Reading

There is no compulsory reading required for this course, and there is no set course text.

About Your Tutor

Logo of the UK Council for PsychotherapyThe tutors for this course are all members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and experts in the field. By combining their expertise into one course this is a truly broad-ranging and enlightening series of classes that draws on the knowledge of some of the best people working in psychotherapy today.

The course convenor is Professor Sarah Niblock who is the Chief Executive of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The lecture series will be facilitated by Jovana Perzic, Head of Academic Enterprise and Innovation.

For more information on the UK Council for Psychotherapy please visit the UKCP website.

Course Delivery Method: Live Online (Zoom)

All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.

All times stated are British Standard Time.

To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.


This course will use Zoom as its online delivery method. Zoom is very easy to use and you do not need to set up a Zoom account to use it. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a web address (or URL) that will allow you to access the course. This is called the Course Link. All you need do is click on the Course Link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class.

Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.

We have also produced a Handy Guide to Zoom [pdf] which gives you basic information on how to use it.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 20  10  £210   (≡£10.50 per hour)
£125     (≡£6.25 per hour) £165    (≡£8.25 per hour)
All fee rates quoted and due are for the whole course. Part-payments are not possible. Equivalent to hourly rate is for comparison guidance only. There is no early-bird discount for January intake courses.

Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors)
  • Individuals enrolling under our Friends & Family scheme
  • Staff of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should contact before completing the online enrolment form

Associate Rate

  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Cooperative College Members
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends and Patrons of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Members of the Kennel Club
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • National Health Service (NHS) employees
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Teachers and other staff of UK schools
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 20  10 n/a w/c 17 Jan - w/e 26 Mar 2022 (10 weeks)* n/a n/a
* This is a one-term course

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 5 November 2021

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details after your course choice and applicant details are collected via an in-built questionnnaire
  • The following email notifications are sent:
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • This is a receipt for your payment and includes payment date, order number and course title
  • Confirmation of your place on your chosen course will follow later
2. Enrolment confirmation Is sent within 10 working daysPlease treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-confirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms the day and time of your course
3. Programme information Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains joining instructions for your course, incl. tutor contact details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Any Questions?

  • Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the lecture series facilitator, Jovana Perzic, Head of Academic Enterprise and Innovation at UKCP, at
  • Questions about your enrolment and payment should be sent to the Programme Administrator,

If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, Understanding Modern and Design, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in art and photography and creative writing classes, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.