Diploma in Counselling (Level 6)

This course is for those wanting to qualify with a Diploma in Counselling and be able to work with a wide range of client presentations. This counselling diploma course is designed to facilitate and support students in becoming professional, ethical, and competent counsellors with sound theoretical knowledge and a high level of skill and personal awareness.

Level 6 Diploma in Counselling

The Level 6 Diploma in Counselling is accredited by the National Counselling Society and, subject to NCS terms and conditions, is a route onto a national register of counsellors which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

This counselling diploma course includes taught elements, discussion, case presentation, experiential exercises, skills practice, feedback, and coaching.

At The Link Centre, we teach a range of theoretical concepts including a foundation in Transactional Analysis (TA) incorporating CBT, Trauma-informed therapy, and current thinking on neuroscience and attachment. We embed research throughout the courses, helping students to understand the implications for practice with clients. We believe it is important for counsellors and psychotherapists to be able to flex and adapt their approach to the needs of the clients. In addition, it is important to stay up to date with the ever-evolving thinking in counselling and psychotherapy, and we continue to incorporate recent ideas and other developing fields.

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The first year of this training is the Foundation Year Certificate in TA Theory which gives students a good grounding in transactional analysis theory, personal awareness, and facilitation skills. The further two years (Clinical Year 1 & 2) are Advanced training, focusing on clinical application, further developing students’ understanding of TA, and incorporating other theories. 

On the Saturday of each weekend, we continue to develop theoretical understanding including a wide range of client presentations. Sundays are used to practice applying theoretical knowledge and develop advanced skills. We put great emphasis on supporting individuals in their learning journey.

In Clinical Year 1 the tutors will assess students’ level of skill and award a letter of endorsement when students 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 very comprehensive list of local placements and a dedicated Placement Officer ( Lyn Hayward) to support Link Centre students in this process.

In Clinical Year 2 of the Diploma in Counselling, students will continue to integrate relevant theoretical learning.  They will be further developing advanced skills as well as exploring a range of specialist client presentations ( see sample content below).  In this year we will be looking at how to work with these client presentations, applying best practice and understanding the implications of research findings.

Students who complete this counselling diploma training can also go on to complete one more year and gain an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy ( Level 7) and have the training hours to become a CTA UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. Click here for our Psychotherapy course.

Sample Content: Diploma in Counselling Clinical Year 1

  • Module 1.    What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?
  • Module 2.    Meeting the Client for the First Time
  • Module 3.    Starting in Practice and Self Care
  • Module 4.    Different Client Presentations
  • Module 5.    Understanding Relationships
  • Module 6.    Treatment Planning
  • Module 7.    Health, Ill-Health and the Journey Towards
  • Module 8.    Facilitating Change
  • Module 9.    Tools and Techniques
  • Module 10.  Groups and Group Process

Sample Content: Diploma in Counselling Clinical Year 2

  • Module 1.    Working with Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Fear
  • Module 2.    Working with Trauma
  • Module 3.    Working with Addictions
  • Module 4.    Working with Depression
  • Module 5.    Working with Bereavement and Loss
  • Module 6.    Difference and Diversity
  • Module 7.    Working with Couples
  • Module 8.    Working with Children and Adolescence
  • Module 9.    Working with Personality Disorders
  • Module 10.  Working with Sex and Sexuality

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

  • Foundation year – Learning journal, short questionnaire, two written pieces (one of 1000 words and one of 2000 words)
  • Clinical year 1 – Learning journal, short questionnaires after each weekend, one 2000-word essays, one skills assessment
  • Clinical year 2 – Learning journal, two written pieces of 2000 words

Counselling Skills:  For those who have not completed any prior Counselling Skills training, students will need to complete at least 2 levels of Counselling Skills training before taking their Diploma in Counselling exam.  We offer various courses, online and in person, throughout the year: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced

Personal Therapy: Personal Therapy with a qualified counsellor (min 30 sessions per annum) is a requirement for this course. For those wanting to gain UKCP registered Psychotherapy status, the requirement is 40 sessions per annum with a UKCP registered Psychotherapist or equivalent.

Exam Criteria: On successful completion of the Foundation Year and two Advanced Clinical Years, and with 150 supervised practice hours, a minimum of two levels of counselling skills training and personal therapy hours, students are eligible to take our Counselling Diploma Exam.

Qualifications: Diploma in Counselling – Level 6 (NCS Accredited)

The Diploma in Counselling Course is accredited by the National Counselling Society and, subject to NCS terms and conditions, is a route onto a national register of counsellors which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority .

APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) :  If you have completed counselling or psychotherapy training elsewhere it may be possible to APL you on to this course – please email us for details.  You would also need to complete an application form and attend an interview.

Course Location: Most of our counselling and psychotherapy courses will to run face to face at our training venue at Plumpton College, East Sussex. We will also offer an Online Foundation Certificate. In the event of Covid restrictions or unforeseen factors, we use the Zoom online platform as a backup to deliver the training.

*Cost: The course fee for each Clinical Year for October 2022/2023 is £2784. Full details of course costs and associated training costs (eg for therapy, student memberships etc) can be found here. (based on 2021/2022 course year and due to be updated shortly)

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Fee:

*£2784 (2022/2023)

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Upcoming Dates:

October 2022 

Clinical Years 1 and 2 

8th/9th October 2022

5th/6th November

3rd/4th December

7th/8th January 2023

4th/5th February

11th/12th March

15th/16th April

13th/14th May

10th/11th June

1st/2nd July

Payment Options:

A termly and monthly payment scheme is offered.

Cancellation Policy:

On commencement of the course, students are liable for the full cost of the course even if they are paying by the termly or monthly payment scheme.

Location:

The Link Centre, Sussex Rural Business Centre, Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Plumpton, East Sussex BN7 3AE

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