The CICS Diploma has been developed to provide counsellors and sexual health medics with a coherent framework for ethical, professional, robust, research based learning and practice in the field of sex and relationship psychotherapy.

Diversity is embedded into everything we do. And that is not just words – we mean it and we can demonstrate it.

Our course incorporates all of the requirements of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, (COSRT), to which we are closely affiliated. The course is undertaking the process of COSRT approval and currently has ‘Course Approval Pending’ status. Routes to COSRT Accreditation are available through CICS.

Our Diploma is equivalent to a Level 7 qualification, which is the standard required to work as a psychosexual psychotherapist in the NHS.

Our course will teach you how to work with sex and relationship themes with individuals, couples and multiples.

Our approach is interdisciplinary, combining the biological, psychological and social aspects of sexual and relationship health and wellbeing. With Professor Mike Kirby on the faculty, the CICS Diploma is the only UK sex and relationship diploma course with a medical doctor as a lead tutor.

The CICS Diploma has been developed to provide counsellors and sexual health medics with a coherent framework for ethical, professional, robust, research based learning and practice in the field of sex and relationship psychotherapy.

Our modality is Pluralism, embracing the value in all approaches to counselling, with an emphasis on the uniqueness of each client, the centrality of relationship and research based practice. Course Director Julie Sale is a UKCP Registrant in Contemporary Psychotherapy, a pluralistic approach.

Our teaching style is a distinctive combination of creativity, warmth and academic rigour. Julie is an experienced teacher, well known for her engaging manner and solid knowledge base. Our Faculty Members are leaders in their field of expertise.

Our assessment processes allow for a range of styles and personal approaches to learning and are not exclusively essay based. Our students can demonstrate their learning through mind maps, films, drawings, poems, practical demonstration … we don’t have a ‘one size fits all’ philosophy of personal development.

Each Diploma course is supported by a Pastoral Lead who attends every course weekend to support student well-being and to ensure that group process facilitates rather than hinders learning.

Our connection to the UK sex and relationship therapy world means that we can link our students to a broad range of placement opportunities. In particular our alliance with Local Counselling Centre means that we are able to offer some of our students an NHS psychosexual placement.

The setting of Cambridge, with its beautiful architecture and associations with education, provides a perfect environment for learning and development.

The CICS Diploma Course incorporates the StopSo foundation training for working with sexual offenders and their families.

Fundamentally, we have developed a diploma course that includes the best of all of our personal development experiences with the addition of everything we wish we had when we were training in this field ourselves.

We hope that you agree that CICS is the best choice for your professional development into a fascinating, specialist area of therapy.

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