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Counselling Level 4 – Year 1

A challenging two-year course qualifying you to practise as a counsellor in an agency. Drawing on Clarksons five-strand model of the therapeutic relationship, the course integrates humanistic, analytic and transpersonal perspectives. Students will be expected to gain 70 hours of personal counselling and to begin a counselling placement. It is possible to pay the fee in instalments. Entry onto the course is by interview, and you must already have a minimum of 180 hours formal counselling training or the equivalent.
The next course will start in September 2019. Please contact the department to ask for an application pack, available in May. The fees stated are for the entire two-year course. It is possible to pay the fee in instalments.
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Download the application pack here for the next course starting in September 2019
Advanced Learner Loan Information Leaflet

Who is this course for

A professional training in counselling. Students must have a level 3 certificate or its equivalent, involving 180 hours of formal teaching (if in doubt about the equivalence, consult one of the tutors). We would particularly like to welcome students who might feel excluded from mainstream counselling training.

What does this course cover

The training is based on an integrative model, as set out in Clarkson's 'The Therapeutic Relationship'. There will be a mixture of theory, skills and personal development. Students are also expected to complete 70 hours of personal counselling or therapy during the course, and 100 hours of work with clients. Students are responsible for finding their own work placements- though help will be given.

At the end of year one, you should be
- Ready to move up to Year 2.
- Have taken a substantial step towards BACP accreditation as a counsellor.

What will it be like

- Tutor presentations, including Powerpoint Presentations - Work in pairs, small groups & large group. - Skills practice in twos and threes. - Theoretical concepts are reinforced by practical exercises in pairs or small groups. - Skills and concepts for agency counselling are discussed in small supervision groups.
- Formal skills assessment in class. - Transcribed tape of client work or work with a peer. - Essays-two pieces of written work. - Learning statement (term 1) and Learning Review (term 3) - Reports from supervisors (see brochure for full details) - Report from placement agency. - Students must also compile a portfolio of evidence of learning

What else do you need to buy or do

Students must arrange their own therapy (costs vary from £30 - £60 per session). They may also have to pay for some supervision of their client work.

Substantial amounts of reading required. Many books can be borrowed from the course's book box. Students will also need writing materials; access to wordprocessing for their essays will be an advantage!
The training is based on an integrative model, as set out in Clarkson's 'The Therapeutic Relationship'. There will be a mixture of theory, skills and personal development.

What this course could lead to

Continue onto year 2 of the Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling at the Mary Ward Centre.
Take further training in the field - e.g. gestalt, body-work,psychodynamic, psychodrama, according to how your interests developed on the course.

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This course is accredited


This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference.   We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

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