Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
This two year part-time qualification gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context or private practice. It is designed to lead to an employed role in a counselling agency in both health care and non-medical settings. Learners with sufficient experience can also begin working as independent practitioners in private practice.
This qualification is made up of QCF credit rated units developed in association with Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for the Health and Social Care Sector. When combined with the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, it meets the basic training requirement for recognition as a qualified counsellor and also contains supervised placement hours.
The course will cover key areas to specifically include:
- Approaches in counselling to include person centred, Psychodynamic and CBT
- Ethics, diversity and professional practice
- Case management and supervision
- Self awareness and reflective practice
- Research skills
Unit One: Professional organisational issues in counselling
In this unit, learners will develop an understanding of the essential relationship between counsellors, as professionals, and the organisations and other people with which they may work. They will explore areas of potential conflict, especially through the existence of different ethical standards and principles. They will also reflect on the importance of managerial supervision and casework supervision
Unit Two: Counselling in a diverse society
In this unit, learners will explore the impact diverse culture and heritage can have on the client/counsellor therapeutic relationship in a multicultural society. They will also examine power issues within the counselling process
Unit Three: Counselling theory
In this unit, learners will analyse one major therapeutic model to influence, inform and empower their practice as a counsellor. They will also compare other therapeutic models with the major model
Unit Four: Advanced counselling skills
Learners will demonstrate a range of skills illustrating their development as practitioners. In addition, they will learn that counselling is a managed activity, with emphasis being given to the importance of opening and closing sessions and a series of sessions
Unit Five: Self-awareness for counsellors
This unit aims to enable learners to increase self-awareness by analysing and evaluating the impact that counselling theory and practice has on self and relationships
Unit Six: Research methodologies in counselling
In this unit, learners will explore the importance of research in counselling. They will develop their research skills and will learn how to present findings
Unit Seven: Counselling placement
This unit linked to supervised counselling placement practice. You will analyse how theoretical approach has influenced your practice, and evaluate learning gained from supervision.
Please note that this the course engages you in a experiential and self-explorative learning process and you must be willing to commit yourself fully to the personal, professional, theoretical understanding and academic developmental process. There is also an annual compulsory Residential Weekend which focuses on your personal self-awareness development.
Learners who successfully complete the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling may progress onto Postgraduate and Post Qualifying courses in counselling studies that are designed to enhance the practice, skills and knowledge of a practising counsellor. Many learners progress towards national accreditation status with professional lead bodies such as the BACP