SEPTIMUS (Strengthening European Psychotherapy Training through Innovative Methods and Unification of Standards) is a new psychotherapy training programme funded by the Leonardo programme. It is co-ordinated by the Centre for the Study of Conflict and Reconciliation, a research centre in the University of Sheffield, in the UK

The theoretical content of SEPTIMUS is delivered in three ten week modules, on "Well-being and Mental Health", "Existential and Human issues" and "Conflict Management". The course is designed to increase accessibility to psychotherapy training for those who have previously been unable to apply due to domestic/work commitments, geographical distance from a training institute or mobility problems. Course content is therefore delivered using CDs and a web-based learning environment and is available anywhere in Europe so long as the student has access to the internet. Contact between students and staff is maintained by the use of discussion groups and virtual chatrooms. Students are also required to be registered with one of 16 participating training institutes in 8 European countries. As well as studying theory and the principles of psychotherapy practice, students will also undertake supervised placements and personal therapy, and the training institutes will help students to arrange these in their local areas.

Students who complete the course satisfactorily will be awarded a certificate of completion of one year of psychotherapy training. It is hoped that this will be recognized by the European Psychotherapy Association as a part requirement for the award of the European Certificate of Psychotherapy. In addition, students may register with the University of Sheffield in which case students who have satisfactorily completed the course will be awarded a PG Certificate and may continue their distance learning studies in the University to obtain a Masters degree. Sheffield students wishing to use SEPTIMUS as part fulfilment of a psychotherapy training must also register with Dilemma Consultancy.

For further information about enrolling on the Masters in Medical and Health Science, contact: Susan Proctor, tel: +44 (0)114 222 2988, email:
For information on enrolment on the SEPTIMUS course, contact:
Esra Gurkan, tel: +44 (0)114 266 0543, email:

Countries, partners and organisations participating in the SEPTIMUS project

Country Partner Training Organisations
Austria Alfred Pritz
ARGE Bildungsmanagement Wien
Österreichischer Arbeitskreis für Gruppentherapie und
Gruppendynamik, Wien
Czech Republic Zbynek Vybiral
Prazska vysoka skola psychosocialnich studii, Praha
Prazsky psychoterapeuticky institut, Liberec
Ireland Ed McHale
Clanwilliam Institute, Dublin
Inst. of Creative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Dun
Italy Riccardo Zerbetto
Scuola di Psicoterapia Comparata, Firenze
Associazione per lo Sviluppo Psicologico dell'Individuo e
della Comunita, Roma
Romania Ileana Botezat-Antonescu
Romanian Federation of Psychotherapy, Bucharest
Dept. of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
Poland Jerzy Aleksandrowicz
Dept of Psychotherapy, Jagiellonian University Medical
College, Cracow
Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Warsaw{
Portugal Telmo Baptista
Associação Portuguesa de Terapias Comportamental e
Cognitiva, Lisboa
Sociedade Portuguesa de Psicoterapia Centrada no Cliente e
Abordagem Centrada na Pessoa, Lisboa
UK Digby Tantam
University of Sheffield
New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling, London

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