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Accreditation & progression

All our courses are approved and accredited by the CPCAB see www.cpcab.co.uk for further information on them. Graduates from CPCAB L4 courses often go on to apply for accreditation as an individual practitioner with BACP, once they have accrued at least 450 supervised client hours; then on accreditation with BACP you can use letters MBACP Accred. Please see www.bacp.co.uk for information on this. You can also apply for student membership with BACP while you are L4 and L5 courses.

These courses will provide you with a nationally accredited qualification from the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB), approved by the Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF). Credits from these courses can be accumulated for Further and Higher Education training, e.g. with the Open University or other programmes of study at University.

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills CPCAB (CSK-L2)

This part-time course is intended for those who want to learn how to use counselling skills within an ethical framework for providing helping, mentoring, care planning, teaching, pastoral and other forms of support work in either a voluntary or employed situation. You will be introduced to the Person Centred approach (Carl Rogers) for helping and to the ‘Skilled Helper’ (Gerard Egan) model. You will build on your knowledge and counselling skills practice with tutor guidance, peer feedback and evaluation.

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies CPCAB

This course is intended for Level 2 graduates (or equivalent), who want to take the next step in training to become a counsellor (having already acquired counselling skills) and learn more about counselling theories and practice. You will develop on your knowledge of Person Centred counselling in practice and will be introduced to key concepts of Psychodynamic counselling and the Cognitive Behavioural approach. Level 2 and 3 together form the foundation in counselling theory and skills required for progression onto the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB

This is a two year Diploma in Integrative Counselling based on CPCAB’s model of practitioner development and therapeutic change, with the Integrative ‘five relational model’ (Petruska Clarkson)  as the integrating theoretical framework.  You will explore the five relations spanning the working alliance, the transference relationship, the reparative and developmental relationship, the person to person or real relationship and the transpersonal.

You will develop proficiency as a Therapeutic Counsellor at a counselling placement agency or workplace, under clinical supervision, where you are required to attain 100 supervised client hours.
A minimum of
30 hours of personal counselling (Integrative) is required throughout the course.

Clarkson’s integrative relational model forms the basis, with a modulated structure integrating Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Attachment Theory and Intercultural approaches. Later in year two, you will also be introduced to a range of short term and solution focused therapies – Motivational Interviewing, NLP and CBT.

Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling CPCAB

This qualification is for experienced counsellors who have acquired the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or its equivalent. Practitioners will enhance their knowledge and skills of counselling and psychotherapy at depth while developing their own rationale for practice. This course is also for practitioners who want to establish and maintain an appropriate framework for independent practice; practice as a senior counsellor within an agency; to carry out client assessments (including identifying and referring clients with severe and complex mental health problems). This course will help prepare practitioners working towards accreditation with BACP.

This course has been mapped by CPCAB to UKCP requirements and combined with TCL4 can provide a pathway for individual practitioner accreditation with UKCP as an Accredited Psychotherapist

Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CPCAB

This qualification is intended for qualified counsellors who have acquired the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or its equivalent and want to develop CBT skills and theory as an integral part of their counselling work. Practitioners will develop proficiency as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at a placement agency or workplace, under clinical supervision. Candidates will also develop their approach to carry out client assessments and practice as a senior counsellor within an agency.

Level 6 Counselling Supervision CPCAB

This course is intended for experienced qualified (post Level 4) counsellors who are either accredited or eligible for accreditation, and who are either practicing as a counselling supervisor without a formal qualification or who are about to embark on providing supervision. You will review your growth as a practitioner and learn about integrative frameworks (M. Carroll, Page & Wosket, Hawkins & Shohet) for individual and group supervision, undertake a research project, submit a case study review and develop your approach in training group supervision. This course is designed to prepare you for accreditation as a supervisor with the BACP.

This part-time course is intended for those who want to learn how to use counselling skills within a framework for providing helping, mentoring, care planning, teaching, pastoral and other forms of support work in either a voluntary or employed situation.