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Therapeutic Counselling - Level 4 CPCAB Diploma

Higher Education

Course Overview

This two year Counselling Practitioner course is intended for those who want to train as professional Counsellors in an agency setting. Successful completion will enable learners to provide a therapeutic counselling service within an agency framework and also progress to independent practice after further training and/or practice.

On completion candidates will:

Acquire a comprehensive ability in both Counselling skills and theory

Be able to apply their comprehensive knowledge of theory to Counselling skills practice

Pursue further career development in their own professional field

Achieve a Level 4 Qualification in counselling

Counselling skills learnt at Level 3 will be further developed including: self-awareness, knowledge and understanding of the skills necessary for further training at Level 5.

Course Content

Units covered include:

The reflective practitioner

Therapeutic practice 

Deeper understanding of the Integrative Model using the Clarkson Five Relational Model. Theories will include Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Existential, and TA Transactional Analysis 

During the course students will be required to:

attend clinical supervision on a monthly basis for at least 1½ hours as recommended good practice by the BACP

undertake personal therapy - attending a minimum of 60 one-hour counselling sessions

Additional costs:

Counselling (60 hrs over two years) between £35.00 and £50.00 per session

BACP Registration between £40 and £80 per year

Public Liability Between £30.00 and £80.00 per year

Supervision (if not provided within the agency) between £50 and £80 per hour

Entry Requirement

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Tutor reference required

All applicants will be interviewed

Assignments will need to be typed so applicants must be IT literate

The course covers 420 hours of study over the two years, please be sure that you can commit to this amount of time.


Internal Assessment:

Your Learning & Reflective Journal, written and maintained throughout the course covering at least 80% of the course sessions, which will show your personal development and engagement with course material. Practical role-play assessments, observations on your ability to engage and contribute over the course of the two years embodying the BACP Ethical Principles, a successful counselling placement gaining 100 clinical supervised hours with a relevant agency, eight written essays and various presentations, both individual and group, over two years.

External Assessment:

A taped practical exam and a 2 hour written counterpart.

Where does this course lead to

Progression onto Level 5 Counselling qualification

Potential employment as a counsellor within an agency

How to Enrol

To enrol on this course you will first need to complete the online application form and then have an interview with the course tutor and/or Course Director. Following a successful interview, you will then be provided with an enrolment code in order to complete your enrolment.

Should you have further queries, please email with your contact details or telephone 01256 306484.

Course is now full

Course Outline

Course Code: PPBL015
Study Mode: Higher Education
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 09/09/2019
Day & Time: Mon 9.15am to 4.30pm
Duration: 2 Years
Tuition Fees: TBC (previously £4031.00)
Registration Fees: £639.00
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