Preconditions for completing the training programme

Applicants to the Psychotherapist Training Programmes are required to have language and IT skills needed to complete the training. In addition, applicants must have the opportunity to provide psychotherapeutic patient care. The preconditions for completing the programme are assessed as part of the aptitude assessment.

Applicants to the Psychotherapist Training Programmes must be able to understand and use Finnish or Swedish in such a way that they are able to attend and understand Finnish-language or Swedish-language instruction and absorb scholarly literature, as well as produce scholarly text in Finnish or Swedish.

In addition, applicants must have sufficient skills in understanding and using English in such a way that they are able to understand English-language literature and, when necessary, attend English-language instruction.

Applicants are expected to have IT skills that enable them to utilise the relevant web-based learning programs, University databases, information systems, search programs, word processing software and presentation graphics programs as well as devices for recording audio and video.

Supervised professional practice in psychotherapeutic patient care is part of the Psychotherapist Training Programmes. Applicants must have a realistic opportunity to provide psychotherapeutic patient care during the training. Applicants without such an opportunity cannot be admitted to the programmes. There is more than one way to find clients required for providing patient care.

  • It is recommended that patient care is provided at a licensed healthcare or social care unit.
  • If you have a private practice, you can establish the contacts needed for patient care through it.
  • If you are an employee, you can establish the contacts through your workplace.
  • There can be other routes for finding clients, as long as their feasibility is clearly indicated when applying.

NB! Check the criteria for patient care in the prospectus of your specific training programme!

Procedures pursuant to section 43a of the Universities Act related to the revocation of the right to study (amendment 954/2011 to the Universities Act and amendment 1034/2011 to the Government Decree on University Degrees and Professional Specialisation Programme) are applicable to applicants to the Psychotherapist Training Programmes.

Restrictions on student admissions

To promote patient and client safety as well as the safety of minors, restrictions have been applied to University admissions as of the beginning of 2012. Such restrictions pertain to the following fields: medicine, dentistry, logopedics, psychology, psychotherapist training, pharmacy, social work and teacher education. Similarly to the other fields mentioned, admission to psychotherapist training requires that the applicants’ state of health and ability to function allow them to complete tasks and provide psychotherapeutic patient care associated with the training. Limitations related to health or the ability to function are not an impediment to admission if their effects can be eliminated through reasonable measures such as special arrangements. In any case, the purpose is not to unnecessarily hinder the access of disabled persons or persons suffering from physical or mental limitations to education. Restrictions on student admission will be applied only in cases where it is evident that the applicant cannot participate in education due to his or her state of health or ability to function. As a prior cancellation of the right to study may be an impediment to admission, applicants must inform the University of such decisions already at the application stage.

Drug tests during studies and a criminal records extract

In certain limited cases, students may be required to present a drug test certificate. This primarily concerns situations where testing is necessary to ascertain a student’s ability to function, provided that certain additional conditions specified in detail by law are met. Students admitted to the University in 2012 or later are also requested to provide a criminal records extract. Such an extract may be requested only from students whose studies include psychotherapeutic patient care or other activities involving work with minors. The extract will be requested before the beginning of work with patients or other activity. To ensure the safety of minors, it is necessary to ascertain that the student has no criminal record of certain serious crimes (sex offences, aggravated homicide, aggravated robbery and narcotics offences).