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Overview

This long-established and hugely popular course is fully accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

It is designed to provide training in an integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy. It will enable you to develop your own synthesis within a framework which is not tied to a particular theoretical school or perspective. We follow current research into what actually works in counselling and psychotherapy, which means we use an integrative approach, employing a variety of techniques to respond to the needs and preferences of individual clients.

Typically, students on this course will have first degrees in other subjects, and they may be employed either part-time or full-time. 

You may be working in health, social care or education - but you don't have to be.

This course (two years for the Diploma) is ideally suited to those with a part-time job, although it can also work for those with full-time commitments. The basis of study for the Postgraduate Diploma is one afternoon/evening per week.

The two-year Postgraduate Diploma allows you to practice as a BACP registered counsellor.  Completion of the diploma confers automatic entry to the MA Counselling and Psychotherapy final year which is a popular choice for our students. (Only the Masters is eligible for a student loan from SFE.)

The Postgraduate Diploma entails completing 100 hours of supervised work, which will be undertaken on a placement which you have to secure for yourself. However, the School has established links with  many agencies and practices where our students have worked over the years.

You may take these skills back into your workplace, use them for a change of career, or develop your own specialist practice.

What makes this course different

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Accredited by the BACP

Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since 1990, the longest running BACP accredited programme in the UK.

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Focused on therapy

This programme is founded on a secure evidence base for what works in therapy, rather than any particular modality or theoretical school

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A Different Approach

We have a strong emphasis on skills and the development of a collaborative therapeutic relationship, where the client is actively involved in developing the goals of their therapy, the ways their issues are conceptualised, and the approaches used.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

The course is designed to provide education and training in an integrative approach to psychological counselling and therapy to a level appropriate for safe, ethical and effective practice.

Topics of study on the Diploma, which constitutes the BACP-accredited training course, include theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy; models for integration; theoretical frameworks (for example, person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and gestalt); and professional and clinical studies – including the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

You will also engage in practical skills training, personal development and clinical supervision. You will also study social context/multiculturalism and common client presenting problems, including mental health issues. 

If you choose to stay on for a third year to take your MA, your work will be based on clinical practice and an independent research project or dissertation.

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up to date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change. 

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HOW YOU'LL LEARN

Please note: teaching takes place over two academic years on a part-time basis, one day a week, which remains the same for the two years you are with us (plus three Saturday workshops each academic year). The cohort for 2020 will meet at the Stratford Campus on either Wednesdays or Thursdays. 

There is no facility to complete this course full-time.  Because we are BACP accredited, the course must be completed in full and we do not accept any prior qualifications gained in counselling and psychotherapy.  However, that experience may well strengthen your application.

If you decide to stay on for the third-year MA top-up, it is over one calendar year, part-time. You will have your own academic supervisor.

Once you have passed assessments in the first term you will be eligible to secure a placement and start recording hours of supervised client work.

If you have not reached 100 hours before the end of your second year, you have another year to make up the total in order to qualify for your diploma.

A maximum group total of 25 students in years one and two and 20 in year three will ensure you will benefit from an excellent student/tutor ratio.

Our teaching team have extensive clinical experience and have written and published widely. Several have or still do contribute to the work of BACP committees.

You will develop your practical skills in our suite of six on campus interview rooms with video recording and playback equipment. There is an emphasis on working in groups and the programme contains regular interactive structured exercises.

Other modes of learning include workshops, lectures, clinical supervision groups, personal therapy, individual tutorials, self-directed private study and assessed written assignments.

"Current research shows that the theoretical approach is by no means the most important thing in counselling and psychotherapy," says Course Leader Gordon Jinks. "It's about responding to the individual needs of the client sitting in front of you."

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including essays, presentations and process reports. You will be assessed on your practical skills, on your personal journal and on your professional log, which is an ongoing record of your client work, supervision, personal development and training.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Professional Psychology.

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

In recent years, around half to two-thirds of students leave after completing their Diploma (which is the professional qualification), with the remainder staying on for a final year of MA study.

In either case, you will be able to work towards the next level of professional standing by seeking individual accreditation within the BACP, which requires 450 hours of supervised working. Past students have attained this level two or three years after graduating.

Even if you do not go on to work as a counsellor or psychotherapist, this course is a strong supplement and support for work you may already be doing in health, social care or education.

Completing the course often leads to career progression. Many past students have returned to previous jobs while establishing and developing their own counselling practice as a second strand to their careers. In several cases this has proved successful enough to become their main source of employment.

"Many of our graduates become portfolio workers," says Gordon Jinks. "They leave the course and carry on doing whatever they have been doing, but they also start doing some sessions as counsellors.

"Two, three, four years down the line they are spending more time on their practice than their other employment."

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal