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)
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]
• 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. Some limited support is available 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.
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.
This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.
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.
Due to the emotive nature of the course, which will require you to explore and process personal issues, each student is required to complete 60 hours of personal counselling. 30 hours must be completed in each year 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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Satisfactory completion of the course enables students to work as professional counsellors.