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Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB Level 4 - Year 2 (BACP Approved)

Day of week:
Ashford Gateway (KAE), Ashford
Level 4
13:00 - 20:30
30 weeks

This course will be taught in the Ashford Centre,

This is the second year of the 2 year Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB Level 4 course will provide professional training in counselling which will enable you to acquire a sound theoretical knowledge and the skills required to work safely and effectively as a counsellor. Successful completion of the course will mean that you will gain a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

Once the main Diploma exam is completed, we will turn our attention to different ways of integrating other theories. Our personalities, personal histories, values, and beliefs impact how we respond in the counselling room, as well as our knowledge of counselling research. In this course, we make this explicit, allowing students to develop their own unique integrative approach which fits their personality and philosophy. In developing this integration, we touch on a variety of other theories including CBT, mindfulness, TA, psychosynthesis, internal family systems, and compassion focused therapy, inner child work to name a few. You will learn how to include some ideas from some of these theories into your own unique approach.
You will strengthen your knowledge of ethical boundaries and the BACP ethical framework.

You will develop a profound understanding and experience of counselling supervision through working as a trainee counsellor in the community within a counselling placement.

A deeper exploration of developing your own self-awareness is an important part of the course. For example:
How do you relate to others?
• What do you need to develop within yourself that will enable you to develop the capacity to therapeutically engage with clients?
• What barriers do you hold that serve to reduce your ability to hold and contain a client's emotional pain?
• Explore and challenge your own issues, fears, and prejudices in order to work with client diversity.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Janet Beale

Janet Beale is a MBACP accredited Counsellor/Psycho-therapist, and has worked for at least 20 years as a Therapeutic Counsellor/Psychological Practitioner, and Clinical Supervisor for the NHS, Primary Care Trust, and in private practice. She also works as a South Regional Training Officer for The National Counselling Society.

Trained at Greenwich University, Janet holds a Master of Science in Therapeutic Counselling, and specialises in working with issues of confidence and assertiveness, and all Mental Health issues, working from an integrative approach using Person Centred, Psycho-dynamic and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, and has taught Counselling Courses and GCSE Psychology for the Kent Adult Education Services for 7 years.

View all courses taught by Janet Beale here

How will I be taught?

This course will involve full learner participation and self-reflection. There will be discussions in small and large groups, group activities, role plays and triad work, followed by observer feedback. Students will also be involved in presentations to the class. You must attend a minimum of 90% of the course in order to achieve the qualification.

With regard to the work placement, students need to complete at least 100 hours within a counselling agency over the full 2-year course to be fully qualified. Kent Adult Education require all counselling agencies to provide trainees with a service framework that includes both a line manager and clinical supervision. CPCAB recommends that your agency provides appropriate clinical supervision to meet BACP supervision guidelines for trainees – currently a minimum of 1.5 hours individual supervision per month (or the equivalent if in group supervision) or 1 hour of supervision for every 8 hours of client work. In addition, you will require 30-50 hours group training supervision as part of the course. Please be aware that Kent Adult Education will not be able to pay for your supervision. Students are also responsible for finding their own placement. Progression to Year 2 is not possible without passing Year 1 and having a work placement arranged.

This course is BACP Approved. This involves some extra criteria and an exam at the end of Year 2, or once you have completed 70 of your 100 client hours on placement. This element is designed by CPCAB to support qualification standards and enhance the pathway to becoming a registered BACP Counsellor (see for further details). The cost of the course includes the BACP approval.

What do I need to bring with me?

A4 Ring binder, notebook and pen. You will have access to our Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which will provide in-depth course information so access to a computer with a web cam is essential.

What can I do next?

Following successful completion of this course, you may progress onto the CPCAB's courses are follows:

- Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PC-L5) or
- Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CBT-L5) or,
- A Foundation Degree in Counselling.

And, following at least one year (part time) of post clinical experience, the CPCAB's:, Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision (TCSU-L6).

What do I need to join the course

You will already have completed the first year of the Level 4 Diploma course.

We welcome students from other providers who have completed year 1. If you are an external candidate, ie. not progressing from our Year 1 course, you need to complete the online application form at the following link -

We will need a reference from your Level 4 year 1 tutor. The interview will involve a discussion with the tutors about the content and level of the course to ensure it is suitable for you. It is recommended that you don't enrol if you have undergone a life-changing experience during the last 12 months. Your emotional stability will be discussed and it is a chance for you to ask questions about the heavy commitment involved in this course.

Please note, there is no opportunity to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan for this course. You can however, spread the cost with our Easy Payment Plan – ask for details or go to our website

You will be provided with a text book for the course.

Getting to your course

Find us

Ashford Gateway (KAE)
Church Road
TN23 1AS

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code ASH/119375/M/NC.