Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Guided Learning Hours

420 hours (minimum)

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 40 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.

Our success rates for all courses are ‘outstanding’ at 95% to 100%, and consistently over the last 12 years performed well above national benchmarks.

This course is a BACP Approved Qualification and is approved and accredited by the CPCAB see www.cpcab.co.uk for further information on them.

Graduates from CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 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 refer to www.bacp.co.uk for further information on this.

It is a requirement of this BACP Approved Qualification that you become a student member with BACP while you are studying our Level 4 course. In term 3 of year two you will undertake BACP Certificate of Proficiency for Practice as part of the course provided by then you have at least 70 supervised client hours.

Candidates must have acquired both CPCAB’s Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2) and Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3), or equivalent.

We recommend that you are over 24, with sufficient life experience, psychological and emotional stability to undertake this intensive and demanding course.

We require a tutor reference of recommendation from your previous counselling course of study.

Candidates must have sufficient writing skills to undertake the written course work and assessment requirements of this course. GCE or GCSE English grade C, or at least Level 2 English written and oral skills.

Successful candidates may progress onto Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

Part time September start. Day or evening times are available depending on venue.

There are two options:

  • 9.30am to 3.30pm weekly (with breaks for Christmas, Easter, Summer and half terms)
  • Evening & Saturday option 5.00 to 10.00 weekly, plus 5/6 Saturdays per year (with breaks for Christmas, Easter, Summer and half terms)

Please note that the London and Reading options are only open to internal candidates who have completed Level 3 with CPTA.

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.

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.