Diploma in Counselling

This course is accredited by the National Counselling Society who hold a PSA (government) voluntary approved register  for counsellors and psychotherapists. 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 course is designed to facilitate students in becoming professional, ethical and competent counsellors with sound theoretical knowledge and high level of skill and personal awareness. The course includes taught elements, discussion, case presentation, experiential exercises, skills practice, feedback and coaching.

The first year of this training is the Foundation Year Certificate in TA Theory which gives students a good grounding in theory and personal awareness. The two final years (Clinical Year 1 & 2) are focused on clinical application. On the Saturdays of each weekend we continue to develop theoretical understanding including a wide range of client presentations and Sundays are used to practice and develop skills for applying the theory.

In the second year of training (Clinical Year 1) the tutors will assess student’s 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 placement officer and placement directory to support our students in this process.

Students who complete this training can also go on to complete one more year and have the training hours to become and UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. Click here for our Psychotherapy course.

Sample Content: Clinical Year 1

  • Week 1. Developing the therapeutic relationship
  • Week 2. Contracting, diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Week 3. How our past experience affects us now
  • Week 4. Treatment planning for effective work
  • Week 5. Unconscious relational patterns
  • Week 6. Professional practice, ethics and research
  • Week 7. Stuck-ness and making new decisions
  • Week 8. Techniques for working with clients
  • Week 9. Understanding relationships and providing a reparative experience
  • Week 10. Blind spots and the impact of culture

Sample Content: Clinical Year 2 – specialist applications year

  • Week 1. Working with Personality Disorders
  • Week 2. Understanding Research and Assessing Practice
  • Week 3. Working with Phobias, Anxiety and Panic attacks
  • Week 4. Working with Addictions
  • Week 5. Working with Groups
  • Week 6. Working with Grief, Depression and Medication
  • Week 7. Working with Couples
  • Week 8. Working with Sexual Issues
  • Week 9. Working with Trauma
  • Week 10. Working in Private Practice

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:  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. We offer a 30 hour course each summer at different levels – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced

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) :  For those who have completed counselling or psychotherapy training elsewhere it may be possible to APL you on to this course – please email us for space availability.  You would need to complete an application form and attend an interview.


£2230 ( 2019/2020)

Booking and Dates

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Upcoming Dates:

The next course will commence in October 2020.

Course Dates (Clinical Year 1 and Clinical Year 2 – Current Academic Year 2019/2020)

5th/6th October 2019
2nd/3rd November
30th November/1st December
4th/5th January 2020
1st/2nd February
29th February/1st March
28th/29th March
25th/26th April
23rd/24th May
27th/28th June

Payment Options:

Termly payment scheme available


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