Aims of the course
This course is relevant to people who wish to qualify and pursue a career as a professional counsellor. Those who successfully complete the course and the relevant number of personal therapy and supervised practice hours, will be eligible to apply through the individual professional accreditation route as a counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Accreditation is at BACP's discretion.**
The course is designed to enable you to develop as a reflective practitioner. The training provides opportunities to develop and integrate theoretical knowledge, counselling skills, personal awareness and capabilities as well as clinical competence and experience. To maximise your potential, a varied teaching and learning approach is adopted, involving interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials, counselling skills training, student-led individual and group presentations, supervision groups, a counselling placement, an experiential personal development group, independent study and a reflective journal. You are given ongoing, constructive feedback from tutors, peers and supervisors, and are constantly required to self-appraise your work and development.
an Honours degree (at least a 2.2), or equivalent level professional qualification
previous training in counselling skills of at least 100 hours
ability to make use of, and reflect upon life experience
capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the course
ability to form a helping relationship and work experience (paid/unpaid) involving significant use of interpersonal or counselling skills
ability to be self-critical and engage in constructive feedback process
some awareness of equal opportunities issues and their impact on helping relationships
proficiency in the English language.