Diploma in therapeutic counselling: person-centred pathway

Course Dates: 13/09/16 - 02/07/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

The application process for our Person-Centred Diploma starting in September 2017 will open on Monday 3rd April 2017. Once the process is open, please request an application pack from counsellinglevel4@citylit.ac.uk.

This two-year course qualifies you to practise as a counsellor. You will need to have completed a level 3 certificate in counselling skills course within the last three years. Dates shown in this course guide refer only to the current academic year. This year the diploma course will take place on Tuesdays, with occasional weekend dates.

The course fee is £2800, plus an upfront fee of £1199 payable at the time of your enrolment.

If you’re unable to pay the course fee upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Student Loans Company to help cover the cost, repayable after the course ends. You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans

If you’re unable to pay the upfront fee, you can talk to our Information, Advice and Guidance team who will advise you on instalment plans to spread the cost or bursaries. You can contact the Advice and Guidance Team by phone on 020 7492 2500 or by email: advice@citylit.ac.uk

For more information, please call Psychology, counselling and personal development on 020 7492 2530.

Description

What is the course about?

Training competent and professional person-centred counselling practitioners who subscribe to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy as published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

What will we cover?

The theory and practice of person-centred counselling
A comparison of the core model to psychodynamic counselling and cognitive behavioural counselling
Professional and organisational issues, including the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counselling in a diverse society
Research in counselling
Personal development (awareness of self in relation to others)
Counselling supervision.
100 hours of supervised counselling practice gained on placement.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Participate in a group and be aware of self in relation to others

• Articulate a philosophically integrated model of counselling founded on the core values and beliefs of the person-centred approach, including contemporary developments and current research findings

• Demonstrate and embody person-centred counselling theory in practice

• Work with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy;

• Demonstrate sufficient self-awareness and reflective skills to work ethically with clients

• Assess your own and your peers’ personal and professional development

• Critically evaluate your counselling work in terms of anti-oppressive and non-discriminatory practice

• Describe and critically evaluate psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural theories of counselling, in comparison to person-centred.

• Identify and demonstrate what it means to be a professional counsellor working within different organisational contexts

• Critically evaluate different models of psychopathology

• Design and carry out a counselling research project.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

LEVEL 4 on the National Qualifications Framework and externally validated by ABC Awards [External website]

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS*

• An understanding of the Person-Centred approach to counselling and training.

• The ability to take responsibility for your own learning

• A Certificate course in Counselling Skills of at least 150 hours spread over a minimum of 25 weeks completed within the last 3 years. Evidence of at least 80% attendance will be required with a copy of the certificate gained.

• As a core part of the diploma lies in working with the large group (max. 20) it is essential that students considering this course are aware of the implications of learning in groups.

• The ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirements. Support with writing and course work is available for people with learning difficulties,(eg., dyslexia) Some limited support is available for others in the Learning Centre. If you have any learning difficulty or disability that might affect your ability to participate fully in all learning activities related to the course, please discuss this with us. The City Lit aims to provide appropriate support for students within its available resources.

*For a full list of entry requirements please visit our website.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Learning will be facilitated through experiential exercises, some teaching input and structured skills practice in pairs and triads. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning, to work with others in the group to negotiate their learning contract and to share personal experience. In addition to attending at City Lit, there will be one residential weekend in each year. Work outside course time includes reading widely, producing regular written assignments, securing a counselling placement and attending supervision.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

A comprehensive reading list will be available at the start of the course. If you are on a low income or in receipt of income-related benefits, you may be able to apply to the Student Bursary for assistance with some of these costs.

Do I need to check my level before I enrol?

Yes. Before you can enrol on this course, you need to have an advisory interview with the relevant department. Without this the enrolment team will be unable to process your enrolment. Please contact the department to arrange your interview, or to find out about drop-in sessions. Applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to an interview.

What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, visit www.citylit.ac.uk/help

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Satisfactory completion of the course enables students to work as professional counsellors.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

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Enjoyed the two years, great group, fantastic tutors. The course will challenge on so many levels.Be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster. A commitment to the person centred approach is essential especially in client work. There will be sweat and tears but it will be worth it. Not for the faint hearted.
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Started Tue+Thu+Fri, day, 13 Sep - 02 Jul '19

Duration: 74 sessions (over 34 months)

Full fee: £3,999.00
Senior fee: £3,999.00
Concession: £3,999.00

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Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.