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|Introduction||Validated by CPCAB which is the only specialist awarding body for counselling, this course meets the training requirements for those wishing to work towards professional accreditation with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. The two year Diploma leads to a professional qualification in Counselling and includes a supervised placement of 100 hours and 10 hours of personal therapy as part of the course requirement. Progression from year one to year two is not automatic.|
|Study Outline||Year 1 modules include: Preparing to Work in an Agency; Ethics; Safe Practice; Use of Supervision; Working as Part of a Team; Person Centred Theory and Practice.
Year 2 modules include: Working as a Professional; Mental Health Issues; Person Centred Theory and Practice; Research and Study Groups; The Therapeutic Relationship; Group Work and Process Work The sessions will contain theoretical input, counselling practice, training supervision and process group work.
|Entry Requirements||You will require successful completion of a minimum of 180 hours of Humanistic Counselling training. This will usually mean a Certificate in Counselling Skills course (CSKL2) and a Certificate in Counselling Studies course (CST-L3) or equivalent. The selection process includes an interview, written paper and tutor reference.|
|Equipment||Digital audio/visual recorder is required with USB lead and headphones. Some learners may choose to buy basic text books. Recommendations will be discussed at induction.|
|Attendance||Two years, part-time, 34 weeks per year, 9.00 to 4.00pm.|
|Assessment||Learners will build a portfolio of evidence to meet assessment criteria. In the second year there will be an external assessment. Internal assessment will be an ongoing process assessing skills and written work, reflective learning reviews, supervisor reports and agency reports. All candidates will be required to undertake and complete a minimum of 100 hours of supervised practice and a minimum of 10 hours of personal therapy.|
|Progression||This course currently entitles candidates to seek employment as a counsellor within an agency. Further training/progression opportunities include Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and optional completion of OU units for those wanting to achieve a Foundation Degree in counselling. Completion of Level 4, Level 5, and appropriate OU units provides a Foundation Degree in partnership with CPCAB and OU-see www.cpcab.co.uk for details. It should be noted that accreditation and regulation|
|Awarding Body||Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body|
|Suitable for Higher Education?||N|
|Suitable for Individuals?||Y|
|Suitable for Employers?||N|