This is a professional 2-year qualification aimed at those wishing to be recognised and practise as a professional integrative counsellor. The course is delivered by a large team of experienced counselling tutors who will support you throughout the two years.
The course aims to help you to become a reflective practitioner who is competent in the knowledge, understanding and application of counselling skills within the framework of a therapeutic relationship.
This competence will be underpinned by a deep understanding of the core therapeutic model, which for this course is comprised of the Person-Centred Theory of Carl Rogers, Gestalt Psychology and Eric Berne’s theory of Transactional Analysis. In the second year of the course you will study comparative models of counselling, along with CBT and Psychodynamic Theory.
The course also examines the wider context of counselling. It looks at the meaning of an ethical, professional stance and its implications, and explores students’ attitudes to people who are different from themselves.
Please be aware this course is robust and challenging in terms of time commitment and personal development. All students are required to undergo at least 40 hours of personal therapy, 15 of which need to be completed within the first year. We can provide you with a list of counsellors we know and recommend, or you can source your own.
Students who wish to qualify as a professional counsellor.
You must have obtained both a Level 2 Award in Counselling Skills and a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, or their equivalent Applicants must be at least 25 years old at commencement of the course.
There are seven mandatory units of study:
Safeguarding is paramount when working within the counselling sector and to ensure all our students going out to their placements can do so confidently, we have decided to integrate this training into the core of our diploma training. Learners will now achieve a stand-alone L2 Safeguarding qualification as part of their training with us.
Also included as part of the Diploma teaching is an additional qualification in Transactional Analysis, the entry level TA101, taught over two Saturdays by a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst. This qualification is certificated by IARTA, the International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis, and is the starting point for further TA studies. The fees for this course include the teaching of TA101.
This is a 2 year course, 35 weeks per year with half terms and holidays as per local schools.
Next intake start dates:
Tuesday 12th September 2023, 9.30am to 2.45pm
Tuesday 12th September 2023, 3.15pm – 8.30pm
Thursday 14th September 2023, 9.30am to 2.45pm
The course also involves 4 Saturday Schools during each year - dates for each group to be confirmed.
We will run one, two or three groups according to demand.
£2,895 per year (total £5,790) for all tuition and registration. A deposit of £500 will be required before starting the course. Payment options following the initial deposit:
• We are happy to spread the remaining fees over 23 monthly payments of £230 each
• You can pay the remaining course fee in full (or for each year at a time)
• If a third party organisation is paying your fees we will need a purchase order number from them and full payment must be made at least for year 1 before the start of the course