Counselling Practice Level 4 Diploma

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2018
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Attendance
    Part Time
  • Awarding Body
    AIM Award
  • Cost
    TBC
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Who is this course for?

    The Level 4 AIM award Diploma in Counselling Practice is for those wishing to achieve professional status in counselling. This qualification enables learners to embark on counselling practice working within an ethical framework. The placement requirement in this qualification is essential to the personal and professional development of the practitioner.

  • Course Description

    This qualification comprises of two mandatory units (Counselling Practicum and Embarking on Practice) and two optional units that provide an opportunity to deepen an understanding of theoretical perspectives within an integrative framework, the second unit provides a focus on a particular context in the counselling profession. These units will delivered as lectures, tutorials and experiential activates.

    You will also participate in personal development groups within the course programme.

    In the Diploma you will learn about:

    • Professional ethics and boundaries
    • The complexities of the therapeutic relationship
    • Self-critical and self-evaluative skills
    • Developing supervision skills
    • Understanding the effectiveness of supervision
    • Developing an understanding of different theoretical approaches

    Placements/Work Placements

    • 100 hours of supervised clinical practice is an essential component of the course
    • You will be supported in looking for a placement but selected by the agency or counselling provider on your own merits
    • Once in placement a formal contract between the student, College and placement provider will be provided to support safe ethical practice
    • You will be in clinical supervision and may be required to pay for your supervision

    Participants are encouraged to develop their own reflective; self-monitoring skills, alongside supervised counselling placement practice. A range of teaching methods are used to consolidate previous training and each participant will be encouraged to develop a clear counselling style that is appropriate for them, their clients and their working context.
    There is a residential weekend towards the start of the course
  • Teaching and Assessment

    All teaching staff are members or accredited members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

    This qualification is assessed through the following methods

    • Externally assessed exam
    • Externally assessed study of supervised practice
    • Internally assessed essay
    • Internally assessed journal
    • Your participation in personal and professional development
  • Progression Opportunities

    On successful completion of the level 4 Diploma you will be eligible to apply for the Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

  • Career Progression

    You could use your Diploma to launch a career in counselling, and/or you could go on to take further study.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need to have completed at least a Level 3 programme in Counselling Skills and theory.

    You will need to demonstrate experience of using your counselling skills with people in a 1:1 capacity.

    You will need to demonstrate an ability to reflect on personal development as well as identify areas for development.

    You will need to have an ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirements of working in an HE environment.

    You will need to demonstrate a willingness to invite, accept, reflect and use feedback.

    You will need to demonstrate an ability to reflect on theory and practice, to critically evaluate your own work and be aware of limitations.

    You will need to demonstrate an ability to articulate an understanding of counselling skills, process and relationship, including the use and purpose of supervision.

    You will need to demonstrate a commitment to working safely, legally and ethically within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

    On receipt of your application you will invited to participate in an individual interview with the course tutors.

  • Costs

    Additional costs will include books. You may be required to pay clinical supervision costs and personal therapy.