Counselling Courses

Start Date
Part Time

This two-year course will prepare you to work as a capable counselling practitioner in an agency setting. You will study a counselling practice theoretical model, ethical practice, specialist issues relevant to working as a counsellor within an agency, group training supervision, counselling skills practice, and an ongoing process group. There will be workshops on cultural diversity, difference and anti-discriminatory practice.

In the second year you will need to complete a minimum of 100 hours in a work placement.

  • About the Course

    You will study:

    • Working ethically and safely as an agency counsellor
    • Working within a counselling relationship
    • Working with client diversity
    • Working within a user-centred agency approach
    • Working with self-awareness in the counselling process
    • Working within a framework of counselling theory and skills
    • Working self-reflectively as an agency counsellor.

    The course will give you an opportunity to:

    • Develop ethical and safe practice as an agency counsellor
    • Learn how to develop and sustain a therapeutic counselling relationship
    • Understand and work with client diversity
    • Become a capable practitioner within a user-centred agency approach
    • Develop self awareness within the counselling process
    • Work within a core model of counselling theory and skills
    • Work self-reflectively as an agency counsellor making effective use of supervision.

    In the second year you will need to complete a minimum of 100 hours in a work placement. Your placement needs to be confirmed before embarking onto the second year.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need to have completed the CPCAB Intermediate Certificates in Counselling Skills and Counselling Studies or equivalent. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Progression

    When you complete this course you will be qualified to work as a counselling practitioner within an agency setting, but do need to collect a further 350 hours client work before you can be certified by the BACP as a counsellor. You may wish to go on to further qualifications validated by the CPCAB, such as the Advanced Certificate in Consultancy Supervision, the Higher Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, and/or the Higher Diploma in Counselling within Health Settings.

  • Assessment Method

    You will be expected to build a portfolio. The three assessments used throughout the training are review of documents, assessed observation, and testimony. This ensures that all aspects of the seven processes of practitioner development are evidenced. These assessment methods will assess training programme assignments and look at the evidence from the agency setting, and will provide the quantity and type of evidence required to satisfy criteria.

    Assessments are designed to assess your understanding of the professional framework. External assessment is based on a role play between counsellor and client and a written assessment based on an evaluation of the practical work and counselling process.

How to Apply

Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.

Course Info

Courses for Adults 19+

Part Time

Level 4

Location Isleworth

Start Date 09/09/2019

CPCAB Advanced Diploma

Michelle Mainwood
L4 Counselling

“As well as studying for my foundation degree in counselling with the Open University, I am a volunteer counsellor at LINK youth counselling service, providing therapy to young people.”

Michelle Mainwood
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