Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Online Course Information Evening - Friday 28th May '21 6pm-8.30pmTo find out more about the course we invite you to attend an online course information evening via Zoom. This will provide you with an opportunity to get a feel for our training approach and to gain an understanding about the course and what will be expected of you.
Securing an invitation to the information evening
To book your place for this important event, please make an application via the 'Apply Online' button located at the top and the bottom of this page.
Then click on 'I cannot make this payment online' to register your interest in the course without needing to make any payment at this stage. We will then send you further details of the evening including access via Zoom.
Following the information event we will be arranging online individual pre-enrolment meetings to secure places for those accepted on to the course. Deposit payments and a monthly payment plan will be need to be completed to guarantee your place at that stage.
About the course programme
ABC awards accredits this Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. ABC Awards is government approved counselling training awarding body. This course will run over one calendar year.
This course combines tutor tuition, peer group learning, experiential group personal development, counselling skills enhancement, counselling theory development along with a trainee-counselling placement.
The objective is for students to study a core model of therapeutic counselling suitable for applying within the context of a client-centred agency setting and that actively reflects and accounts for the diverse and multi-layered nature of society. Trainees will work with an awareness of how the taught core theoretical model will form a contextual platform for the integration of other aspects of counselling theory to be understood, developed and worked with in relation to applied counselling practice.
Equally important is the development of your own relational awareness:
- How do you relate to others?
- What do you need to develop within your self that will enable you to develop the capacity to therapeutically engage with clients?
- What blocks do you hold that serve to dilute your ability to hold and contain a client's emotional pain?
The exposure to what it means for you to discover, delve and work through your own emotional disturbances is the key to developing the capacity to conduct a therapeutic relationship that has the prospect of 'change' and 'growth' for our future clients. These deeper, more personal aspects of counselling theory that persuade us of the need to look within our own psyche are fundamental to the way that theory is taught throughout the course.
Starts: September '21
Completes: September '22
The Course outline programme with attendance times and dates will be posted here shortly.
Entry RequirementsCandidates must have completed (or be in the process of completing) a relevant Level 3 counselling qualification of at least 145 hours training in counselling skills & theory.
For applicants that have successfully completed their Level 3 training with us, references will be provided by your course tutors as to your readiness for this Level 4 programme.
Applicants that are currently undergoing their Level 3 training with Bedonwell, references from your course tutors regarding your assessed work that you have completed so far will be taken into consideration. Any places on our Diploma course that are subsequently offered will be subject to you attaining a pass at the end of your Level 3.
Applications are welcome from Non-Bedonwell trainees
References will be sought from your course tutors as to your readiness for this Level 4 programme. Upon receipt of suitable references, evidence of your previous counselling training and your portfolio of the work undertaken, you will be invited to attend an interview prior to acceptance.
Other Awarding Bodies
For applicants that have trained with the CPCAB awarding body this will mean completion of the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (90 hours) and the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (90 hours). Applicants that have trained at Level 2 and Level 3 with the National Counselling Society would need to meet further training hours before going on to the Diploma.
Please note that all applicants will need to show evidence of a current enhanced DBS that is no more than two years old. If you do not have a current DBS we can apply on your behalf for an enhanced DBS check to be completed prior to our formal acceptance of your application for a place on the course. There is a fee payable for this.
Minimum entry age is 25 years.
We also welcome the participation of professionals in related fields of work that want to gain an understanding of what is involved in counselling training prior to undertaking our Level 3 course.
Key Aims of the course programme
This course combines classroom tuition with applied practice. Students will study and be assessed in the following areas:
- Professional and organisational issues in counselling
- Counselling in a diverse society
- Counselling theory
- Advanced counselling skills
- Self-awareness for counsellors
- Counselling research methodologies
- Counselling placement
Throughout the training programme, students will be assessed on their study of professional frameworks, understanding of diversity, counselling research projects, theoretical development and advanced applications of counselling skills. Additionally, you will be assessed on your development of a core theoretical model of practice, learning from your placement practice and upon your personal development.
The Core Training Theoretical Model
The underpinning training model for this course is Person centred with the inclusion of at least two other theories with an objective of developing an in-depth understanding of the key integrative aspects of relational therapies.
Students will develop, deepen and apply their core model of practice that will reflect the core-training model but with the additional essential quality of being created from each students individual perspective.
The intended outcome is for each student to develop a counselling model of applied theoretical principles that is flexible and creative, with theoretical rigour and constructed within a solid framework of good ethical professional practice.
Fees to be confirmed shortly.
Payable by instalments with various flexible options (see examples below)
We aim to be as flexible as possible so please contact us to discuss an individual payment planCosts included in Course fees
- Tuition and assessment
- Individual tutorial support
- Group tutorials
- Additional tutorial and assessment support (if needed) until the qualification is achieved.
- Access to personal online student folder for safe storage of all assignments and presentations etc
Costs not included in the Course fees
- ABC Awards Registration and Certification fee £154.00 payable as a deposit on enrolment
- DBS check if needed
- Individual personal therapy. Applicants will need to show evidence of having engaged in up to ten sessions of personal therapy within the twelve months prior to the course start date. Additionally, they will have completed a minimum of twenty sessions throughout the course. We strongly encourage students to be in ongoing therapy throughout the programme.
- Purchase of reading books (it is recommended that you obtain the core reading books for your use during the course)
- Pre-client work training required by some placement agencies
- Some Placement agencies provide in-house supervision. Some don't have that facility and there will be a fee for supervision
Payment of Course Fees
The total course fees can be paid in interest free monthly instalments paid by a bank standing order.
Option 1: Choose to pay any amount of deposit (minimum payment £154.00) plus an agreed number of consecutive monthly payments.
Option 2: Employer or sponsor payment by company cheque or bank transfer (a VAT invoice and payment receipt will be issued where applicable).