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CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

About the course

This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency setting. The theoretical model of the course is integrative; Person Centred Theory, Transactional Analysis, Clarkson’s 5 Relationship Model and Bowlby’s Attachment Theory. As you develop your knowledge and understanding of these theories, you will be encouraged to find an affinity with your particular approach. There will be an emphasis on integrating your knowledge of theory and skills to develop the therapeutic relationship. Professional conduct, diversity and ethical practice will also be developed.

Although theory is important in providing a framework for practitioners to use it is not as important as the client as a person or counselling relationship itself. Other topics covered on the course include: working with self-harm, substance misuse, psychopathology, sex & sexuality, multicultural & diversity. Trainees also have the opportunity to learn about a variety of counselling issues such as bereavement, PTSD, anxiety, post-natal depression etc.

The Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling provides:

– a coherent vocational and professional counselling training

– a competence based training which highlights the development of skilled practice via experiential learning

– specific training for the role of counsellor in an agency

– the opportunity to learn a wide range of counselling theories and approaches

– a pathway onto the Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling.

Who is it for?

The TC-L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling course is for those students who have successfully completed the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies and wish to progress in their learning and personal development towards practicing as a counsellor.

What will I do on this course?

This professional diploma is taught over two years. You will be in college one day a week from 9:00-5:00 or 1-9. You are required to have a counselling placement where you will conduct a minimum of 100 supervised hours. The course requires you to have a minimum of 40 hours’ personal therapy to be completed by the end of the first year. As this is an ‘experiential’ course and you will learn by working together with peers and the tutors. You will need to allow 8-10 hours weekly personal reading and study. You will need to be willing to develop your self-awareness so that you can explore your own life experiences and personality.

How is the course assessed?

You will experience a variety of assessment methods designed to support your experience on the course. These include journal writing, presentations, essay writing, case study, personal reflection, practical skills assessments and an externally marked examination paper based on your own practice session with a peer. You will also need to have reports from your counselling manager and counselling supervisor from your counselling placement/s.

Entry requirements

Certificate in Counselling Skills and Certificate in Counselling Studies.

Application and individual interview.

Key facts

Start Date: Tuesday 12th September 2017

Times: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Hours in college per week: 8 hours

Personal Study: 10 hours a week

Duration: 60 weeks over 2 years

Fees: £3103 per annum (2 years)

Location: Worthing College

The course achieves 120 learning Credits and is entered on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Progression route can be to a Level 5 Diploma in Counselling or to the Open University Foundation Degree.