L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

About the course

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 two years of the course.

Clarkson’s integrative relational model forms the basis, with a modulated structure integrating Psychodynamic, Humanistic 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.

Interspersed throughout the course are major subject and issue specific topics which will be covered including; identity, difference and diversity; working with mental health; depression & anxiety related conditions; loss and grieving; addictions; co-dependency and eating disorders.

Dates and times:

Part time September start. Day or evening times are available depending on venue. There are two options:

  1. 9.30am to 3.30pm weekly (with breaks for Christmas, Easter, Summer and half terms)
  2. Evening & Saturday option 5.30 to 10.00 weekly, plus 3 Saturdays per year (with breaks for Christmas, Easter, Summer and half terms)

Please note that course options at these locations depend on numbers for a viable group to start

L4 YEAR 1 Options 2020

Location Commencing Options
Bromley 24th Sept 2020 Thursday evening plus one Saturday per term – Please enquire
Twickenham 24th Sept 2020 Thursday day time or Thursday evening plus one Sat per term – Please enquire
Enfield 24th Sept 2020 Thursday eve plus one Sunday per term – Please enquire
Brighton 22nd Sept 2020 Tuesday day – Fully subscribed
Reading 21st Sept 2020 Monday day – Fully subscribed
Reading 21st Sept 2020 Monday evening plus one Saturday per term – Fully subscribed
Islington, London 24th Sept   2020 Thursday day – Fully subscribed
Islington, London 22nd Sept 2020 Tuesday evening plus one Sat per term – Fully subscribed


See course prospectus for further details on options


Total £5600 for 2 years.

£2800 per year including £339 CPCAB registration & assessment fees

£1000 deposit on enrolment with payment options.

Please note that CPTA is an independent training provider and does not have the benefit of any government subsidy or student loans for course fees. There are instalment options available for Course fees.

For more information see Fees and payment options.

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Commencing Autumn 2020 L4 Year 2 Progression options

Please note that these options are for candidates who have already completed year 1 and have deferred or transferring from another training centre. Candidates must be in placement and have tutor and supervisor references.

Day – Week commencing 7th Sept 2020 unless stated Options
London Year 2 Wednesday evening – Full
London Year 2 Monday daytime – Full
Bromley Year 2 Tuesday evening – Full
Brighton Year 2 Tuesday evening – 3 places – please enquire
Reading Year 2 Wednesday day – 1 place
Reading Year 2 Wednesday evening – 2 places
Twickenham Year 2 Tuesday evening – Full