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Introduction to the course

This is a BACP accredited Diploma in Counselling validated by Middlesex University. This programme is aimed at those who are already working in a diverse range of occupational groups within the helping professions and who want to develop and enhance their professional counselling skills and obtain a professional qualification in counselling. Applicants are also welcome from education, health service and social services. The programme meets the training requirements of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Successful candidates will be qualified as counsellors.

‘It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried’ (Rogers 1961).   The theoretical rationale and philosophical ethos of the programme are based on the person-centred approach founded by the late Carl Rogers and his associates. The central premise of person centred counselling, which has developed over the past sixty years, is client centred. The approach holds certain beliefs and attitudes which serve to distinguish it from both the analytical and cognitive/behavioural traditions.

What do I need?

Applicants will normally be mature students, or be able to demonstrate emotional maturity, and have completed a 90 hour introductory course in counselling skills or its short course equivalent. The admission of a mature student is based on the programme team’s expectations that you will be able to cope with the objectives of the programme, and counselling must form a substantial part of an applicant’s current work.

Evidence will include academic qualifications and relevant work experience. All candidates will be interviewed prior to being offered a place on the programme. This allows the interviewing staff to establish academic background, interest and motivation, maturity of approach and commitment. Good communication skills, listening ability and empathy with other people are essential.

Students are required to complete 40 hours personal counseling, whilst in training. Additional expenses will be incurred when undertaking the Diploma for personal counselling and external supervision (average costs range between £30 to £50 per session). 

How is the course taught?

The person-centred philosophy takes an optimistic view of human nature. Through detailed research Rogers analysed ‘the necessary and sufficient conditions for therapeutic change’.

Rogers’ research demystified the role of therapist as expert on the client’s experience and shifted the emphasis to the centrality of the relationship and a view that involves both counsellor and client in human contact in a collaborative relationship, that will best serve the needs and interests of the client, and in which the client’s experiences and feelings come into awareness and new emotional understanding occurs.

The ‘self’ of the counsellor becomes fundamental to successful counselling and hence self- awareness and personal development are central to the training; as well as understanding the phenomenological philosophy, and research concerning the person- centred approach.

Current research places the relationship at the heart of successful therapeutic outcomes. Whilst other modalities acknowledge the value of the relationship; it is the person centred approach that places the core conditions of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence at the centre of its thinking. The therapist is seen as a person whose skill lies in their ability to create a particular kind of therapeutic relationship within which the client is enabled to find their resources for moving towards a more satisfying way of being. 

The programme offers a model of training that translates this rationale and philosophy into the teaching, assessment, as well as staff/ student relationships with ensuing empowerment for both students and clients. This places successful graduates of the programme as person centred counsellors in a position to support mental health services in the current world.

Learners will be invited to specialist interview with the counselling team before enrolment.

How will I be assessed?

This is a full time course with attendance on the taught aspects of the programme on one day per week (Thursday) over two years and aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of counselling work in a way that will enable students to:

  • work formally as a counsellor, offering a professional service to clients within their work setting

  • develop and enhance workplace competencies and skills through the encouragement of critical reflection and analysis of practice

  • develop practical skills and techniques in counselling

  • undertake subsequent professional development within the counselling area, subject to further interview, including a BA top up honours in Counselling, validated as a degree by Middlesex University, at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London or a degree at Middlesex University.

The programme is taught by means of lectures (including those delivered by guest speakers), discussion of case studies, seminars, tutorials, skills workshops and role play exercises. The core theoretical model is person centred, within a broadly Humanistic framework. The course is highly participative with increasing emphasis placed on student-based experiential learning.

Assessment is by coursework. Students will be expected to acquire a minimum of 100 hours of supervised formal counselling either in work place or voluntary setting whilst undertaking the training. Assessment is by coursework

What Modules Will I Study?

Year 1

  • Study Skills

  • Introduction to Theory and Client Work

  • Person Centred Counselling Skills

  • Human Development

  • Professional Counselling Skills

Year 2

  • Further Humanist Theory

  • Professional issues

  • Counselling in the Community

  • Contrasting Orientations

  • Advanced Counselling

What does it lead to?

You may progress to a BA Hons top up year in Counselling.

Employer's Benefit

Students successfully completing this course will have the skills and experience to effectively support client users.


Course Details

Location Start Date - End Date - Study Mode
Tottenham Centre 26 Sep 2019 - 4 Jul 2020 - Daytime

Course Code: FN5MCNCH / 19DA21A

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Fees apply for this course. You may be eligible for one of the following to help towards the cost of your course fees:

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Tottenham Centre 24 Sep 2020 - 3 Jul 2021 - Daytime

Course Code: FN5MCNCH / 20DA21A

Information on course fees

Fees apply for this course. You may be eligible for one of the following to help towards the cost of your course fees:

Information on how to apply
Apply Now!

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