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Counselling Level 4:YR 2

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.
Please 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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Who is this course for

A professional training in counselling. This course is for those who have completed Year 1 with us.

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 must also complete 70 hours of personal counselling or therapy during the course and 100 hours of work with clients as a counsellor under supervision. Students are responsible for finding their own placements, though help will be given.

For full details, see separate brochure.

Students must attend an additional weekend, tutor to advise.
- Be competent to practise as a counsellor in an agency setting. - Have taken a substantial step towards BACP accreditation as a counsellor. - This course is accredited by the BACP as a core professional training

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 with a peer. - Essay - on diversity. - 2 case studies. A Learning Review. - 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 to £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!

Digital voice recorder. Earphones for the exam.
70 hours as a client during the two years of the course. 100 hours client work. There may be additional commitments at the agency e.g. supervision, meetings, seminars.

About three hours a week of reading and writing.

What this course could lead to

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I fancied trying something different, so I started Introduction to Counselling 1 day a week. I got totally hooked so then completed the 1-year Certificate in Counselling, and then the 2-year diploma, and soon after got a job as a counsellor at Goldsmiths University!



This course is accredited


This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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