DIPLOMA IN THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING (LEVEL 4)

The model is in three parts:

Part 1: Three levels of client problems. This defines the broad categories of client problems for which counselling has proved helpful.

Part 2: Three dimensions of client problems. This describes how client problems can be best understood, and worked with, in the context within which they arise.

Part 3: Seven helping and counselling processes. This describes how the process of supporting client change is associated with a range of contextual factors – including those concerning the client, the counsellor and the relationship that they form.

You again must complete a portfolio consisting of a journal of your learning, assignments, self-reviews, and tutor and peer feedback. You will have to write a short case study covering some sessions that you will have with another student. There is also an external assessment which involves answering questions relating to a short video.

The college uses the integrative model to help students integrate their counselling studies with perspectives related to the Christian faith.

It is a two-year, part-time programme that gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context or work as an independent practitioner in private practice with sufficient experience.

You are required to complete 100 hours minimum of one-to-one, formally contracted counselling with at least five different clients in agency settings during the course.

ENTRY QUALIFICATION

You must have obtained CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2) and CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3), or their RPL (recognised prior learning) equivalent.

COURSE DURATION

420 guided learning hours

MODULES COVERED

A range of modules are covered to prepare you for therapeutic integrative counselling. You will also be required to engage in counselling supervision, group supervision, personal therapy, and personal tutorials.

OPTIONS / PATHWAYS

All modules are compulsory.

MODES OF STUDY

  • Classroom / Study centres
  • Blended learning
  • Distance (virtual) learning

START DATES / INTAKE PERIOD

September and January depending on demand.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

1 month before commencement of course.

PROGRESSION

  • Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills & Theory
  • Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision

AWARDING BODY

CPCAB – Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The qualification currently offers routes on to the following professional body registers accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA):

  • BACP – British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Core Curriculum)
  • NCS – National Counselling Society
  • UKCP – United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (Standards for Psychotherapeutic counselling). Learners applying to UKCP must also acquire CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
  • COSCA – Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland
  • ACC – Association of Christian Counsellors

Applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate their English proficiency.

All students will have the maturity of character and motivation to be involved in the overall ethos of the course. This is normally ascertained from the application, interview (where appropriate) and references.

Basic knowledge of IT is needed for those accessing this programme online. You will need a good internet connection and a laptop or tablet device.

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