This course is accredited by the National Counselling Society who holds a PSA (government) voluntary approved register for counsellors and psychotherapists. This course is for those wanting to gain and Diploma in Counselling to work with a range of client presentations.
This course is designed to facilitate students in becoming professional, ethical and competent counsellors with sound theoretical knowledge and high level of skill and good personal awareness. The course includes taught elements, discussion, case presentation, experiential exercises, skills practice, feedback and coaching. On Saturdays we cover theory and Sundays are used to practice and develop skills for applying the theory.
In the first clinical year the tutors will assess student’s level of skill and students will receive a letter of endorsement when two tutors agree they are at a level of competence to begin a voluntary placement seeing clients. Students are required to secure their own placement and we have a placement officer and placement directory to support link centre students in this process.
Pre Course Requirements: Attendance of TA101, Successful completion of Foundation Certificate in TA Theory, 40 hours personal therapy, minimum of 30 hours counselling skills training (strongly recommended ), tutor endorsement to continue training.
Course Dates commencing October 2018 (Clinical Year 1 and Clinical Year 2 – Academic Year 2018/2019)
Assessment: Assessment is ongoing on the course and involves theory knowledge, self-awareness, and willingness to hear feedback, skills competency, and formal assessments as below
Counselling Skills: To be eligible to take our Diploma in Counselling exam students must also have completed 90 hours of counselling skills training this can be with us or elsewhere or combination of both.
Personal Therapy: Personal therapy (min 40 sessions P/A) is a requirement for this course
Exam Criteria: On successful completion of the Foundation Year, plus two Clinical Years, a minimum of 200 supervised practice hours, and 90 hours counselling skills training and personal therapy hours, students are eligible to take our Counselling Diploma Exam. This exam consists of a written exam and an oral exam presentation of their work.
Qualifications: Diploma in Counselling (NCS Accredited)
This qualification is accredited by the NCS (National Counselling Society) who hold a PSA (government) voluntary approved register.
APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) : Students normally progress onto this course after completing the Foundation Year of training at the Link Centre. For those who have completed training elsewhere it may be possible to APL you on to this course – please email for further details.
Termly payment scheme also available
3 years (Foundation Certificate + 2 further clinical years) – each year is 10 weekends, one per month between Oct and July, 9.30-4.30 on both days.
Next intake – October 2018
The Link Centre, Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Plumpton, East Sussex BN7 3AE
Please contact us to make a date enquiry