The course consists of two Mandatory Units and two Option Units and will be offered over two years/six terms. It provides the final stage of working towards achieving counsellor practitioner status and will enable successful learners to counsel clients within a range of supervised, structured settings. Learners will also make substantial progress towards being eligible for counsellor accreditation with BACP or other Lead Bodies.
Although the course is aimed primarily at learners who want to work towards achieving counsellor practitioner status, it will also prove useful to those with existing counselling training who regularly use counselling skills in other roles.
This qualification will provide an opportunity to deepen theoretical knowledge of one of the core theories (this year students have chosen psychodynamic) and to examine a particular context in counselling practice.
It will enable learners to embark on practice and to gain understanding of the necessity of working within an ethical framework. Legal requirements will also be examined. Learners are expected to secure an appropriate placement with support from the tutors; make appropriate use of counselling supervision and to evaluate their practice; provide evidence of a minimum of 8 sessions of personal counselling immediately before the first year of training. The placement requirement in this qualification is essential to the personal and professional development of the practitioner and learners are required to join BACP as a student member before beginning their placement. Learners will be required to provide evidence of 100 hours of client work supported by 2 supervisor reports over the two years. All course and assessment requirements must be met within the lifetime of this course.
Part 1 (September Year 1 start)
Psychodynamic Theory (H/506/3062)
This Unit will provide learners with an overview of the key concepts of psychodynamic theory and the chance to practice and explore the opportunities and challenges of working with clients in their chosen model. Internal assessment will consist of one essay. Students are expected to have secured a suitable placement by the end of this unit.
Embarking on Practice (Y/506/3060)
This Unit will provide learners with a solid theoretical background in the psychodynamic approach. This theoretical knowledge will support learners a they begin their client work within a supervised counselling placement. External assessment consists of a written 2 hour test externally assessed by AIM Awards plus a supervisor's report of 50 hours client work..
Part 2 (September Year 2 start)
Counselling Practicum (D/506/3058)
The aim of this Unit is to enable learners to record and evaluate their own counselling practice. Learners will be required to demonstrate an understanding of their client work; how they operate within an ethical framework; their use of counselling supervision; and an ability to reflect upon and evaluate their self awareness as a result of clinical practice. External assessment consists of a Study of Supervised Practice plus a supervisor's report of 50 hours client work.
Counselling in Context Option (Students will be consulted on their preference)
This Unit will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding required for a special area of practice. Internal assessment will consist of a reflective course journal.
Students need to be aged 19 or over and possess the AIM Awards Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (75 GLH/15 credits) and Level 3 Certificate in Counselling (150GLH/30 credits) or their equivalent.
This course is by application only and all students (internal and new) are required to demonstrate readiness to continue before a place is offered. Before enrolling, new students who have studied with another training provider or have taken a break in their training must contact the AE Counselling Co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org to provide evidence of previous training and to establish their suitability. This process needs to commence in early January for entry to the September start course.
A reading list and full written and verbal guidance will be provided. Learners will also be required to provide additional work to support their learning and to enable tutors to monitor progress and give feedback and guidance.
Guidance is given throughout the course especially in relation to securing appropriate placements and professional membership/accreditation. Attendance must be above 80% to qualify for the Diploma and the course must be passed in full to progress onto the AIM Awards Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling course.
Course and Exam Fees
The cost of the course which includes all assessment and examination fees is £3,235. The cost is fixed and there will be no increase during the course. Advanced Learning Loans are available subject to certain conditions. The College also offers a payment by instalment option. Please contact the Adult Education office by telephone on 01223 278002 or email email@example.com for further information.
Please note that if the assessment components and placement requirements are not met within the course lifetime of 2 years, then there is likely to be an additional charge for administration and tutor support.
Olga is a counsellor, a graduate psychologist and a counselling tutor. She works with children, young people, adults, couples and families at her private practice and at Relate Cambridge.
She is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP), a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and a member of the Association For Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT).
Her academic background includes a BSc (Hons) in Philosophy and Educational Science from the University of Salamanca (Spain), a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from ARU (Cambridge, UK), a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Hills Road Sixth Form College (Cambridge, UK) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy (Relate Institute, validated by University of Hull).
She has worked in mainstream and specialist schools, supporting, teaching and tutoring children and young people. She has been involved with local charities and organisations such as Lifecraft as a Lifeline volunteer, Centre 33 and Wintercomfort where she worked as a counsellor, and with Blue Smile where she was a therapeutic mentor. She has also been employed by Cambridgeshire County Council as part of a team dedicated to the inclusion of children with physical, behavioural and learning difficulties in the community.