Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Postgraduate Diploma component runs over a period of one year and is designed to equip successful students to practise professionally as counsellors. The central theoretical model for the course is the person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers. Students may opt to progress to the full research-based MA Counselling after the first year.
The central theoretical model for the course is the person-centred approach developed by the late Carl Rogers. All trainees undertake a counselling placement; the course has relationships with a number of local counselling agencies, including the University Counselling Service, and trainees are supported through the selection and application process to find a placement in which they can develop their qualities as a counsellor. The course also assists students in the selection of an individual supervisor to support the placement, and course fees cover the cost of supervision for the placement year.
The course is distinctive in exploring the implications of person centred theory and practice for spiritual understanding and development. Students are invited to bring their own experiences or views on spirituality, whatever these may be, with a view to developing a greater openness to clients’ experiences and a deepening of their own humanity. Long standing links exist between the course and the Julian Shrine in Norwich, an internationally renowned centre of pilgrimage and scholarly activity.
This Postgraduate Diploma is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.