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ABC Awards Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 

ABC awards accredits this Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling course. ABC Awards is government approved counselling training awarding body. The ABC Awards Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling is a two-year part-time course.

This course combines tutor tuition, peer group learning, experiential group personal development, counselling skills enhancement, counselling theory development along with a trainee-counselling placement throughout year 2.

The two-year objective is for students to develop an individual integrative model of therapeutic counselling suitable for applying within the context of a client-centred agency setting and that actively reflects and accounts for the diverse and multi-layered nature of society. Trainees will work with an awareness of how the taught core integrative theoretical models will form a contextual platform for the integration of other aspects of counselling theory to be understood, developed and worked with in relation to applied counselling practice. Equally important is the development of your own relational awareness:

  1. How do you relate to others?
  2. What do you need to develop within your self that will enable you to develop the capacity to therapeutically engage with clients?
  3. What blocks do you hold that serve to dilute your ability to hold and contain a client's emotional pain? 

The exposure to what it means for you to discover, delve and work through your own emotional disturbances is the key to developing the capacity to conduct a therapeutic relationship that has the prospect of 'change' and 'growth' for our future clients. These deeper more personal aspects of counselling theory that persuade us of the need to look within our own psyche are fundamental to the way that theory is taught throughout the course.

Course Information evening

To find out more about the course we will invite you to attend a course information evening. This will provide you with an opportunity to get a feel for our Training Centre and to gain an understanding about the course and what will be expected of you. 

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have completed (or be in the process of completing) a relevant Level 3 counselling qualification of at least 145 hours training in counselling skills & theory.

For applicants that have trained with the CPCAB awarding body this will mean completion of the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (90 hours) and the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (90 hours).

Acceptance will depend on a personal interview, suitable references, evidence of your previous counselling training and your portfolio of the work undertaken. For applicants that have completed their Level 2 and Level 3 training elsewhere, we will want to observe your application of counselling skills in a role-play setting.

Please note that we will apply on your behalf for an enhanced DBS check to be completed prior to our formal acceptance of your application for a place on the course. There is a fee payable for this.

Minimum entry age is 25 years.

We also welcome the participation of professionals in related fields of work that want to gain an understanding of what is involved in counselling training prior to undertaking our level 3 course.

Course Fees (2 Years)

We are very aware from the feedback from our previous and current Diploma students, that transparency and clarity of how much you will need to budget for the course is paramount. In particular that the costs for Counselling training courses that are provided from training providers in general very often only include the 1st year fees with no clear indication of how much the 2nd year will be. Additionally, whilst the actual course fees are evident, it is often the case that training providers don't include additional costs that can amount to a very substantial extra sum.

We aim to be transparent around course fees by advising of additional costs including the Awarding body's registration and certification fees, BACP membership fees along with other costs such as personal therapy and reading materials. To assist with personal therapy costs we are providing 20 hours of group therapy within the course fees.

Costs included in Course fees

Total Fees: £5,700.00 including the following:

  1. Tuition and assessment
  2. Individual tutorial support
  3. Group tutorials: Every week of the course as necessary
  4. Group therapy: Course therapy requirements are covered within the course programme and course fees
  5. Additional tutorial and assessment support for a further three months after the two year course programmes finishes (should it be necessary) 
  6. Library membership: Our library provides a range of reading material relevant to all aspects of counselling training. Short term loan access to all of the books included on the reading list (other books can be requested)
  7. Access to wi-fi and printing facilities for research and presentations from your own tablets, mobiles and laptops etc
  8. Access to a personal study room (at non-course times) for personal reading, study time/small group presentation preparations etc

Costs not included in the course fees (2 years)

  1. BACP student membership
  2. ABC Awards Registration and Certification fee: £154.00
  3. Pre-interview DBS check: £74.80
  4. Purchase of reading books (it is recommended that you obtain the core reading books for your use during the course)
  5. Pre-client work training required by some placement agencies
  6. Some Placement agencies provide pre-client work training and there maybe a fee
  7. Re-submission fees

Payment of Course Fees

Payment Options

Option 1:

Initial payment: £300.00 prior to the start date of the course

24 further monthly payments of £225.00.

To be completed by the course end date.

Option 2:

This is our 'bespoke' option.

You get to calculate how much to pay as the initial payment (minimum £300.00) and subsequent monthly payments

Final payment must be made in the month prior to the end of the programme.

Option 3:

Full payment of £5,700.00 prior to the start date of the course

This is the option to select if your employer/sponsor is paying your fees or you prefer to pay in full.

Professional and Career Development Loans

Bedonwell Counselling Associates Ltd registration number: REG 01-21215

Professional and career development loans are commercial bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year's relevant unpaid practical work). The government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any commercial loans product. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the loan is right for youFor further information on financial assistance to support your learning visit www.gov.uk/career-development-loans or contact Next Step on 0800 100 900.

Course Dates

The two-year programme will run on Thursdays from 1pm-7.30pm/8.30pm commencing Thursday October 12th 2017.

There is also one monthly Sunday attendance from 9.30am-5.30pm

Key Aims of the course programme

This course combines classroom tuition with applied practice. Students will study and be assessed in the following areas:

  • Professional and organisational issues in counselling
  • Counselling in a diverse society
  • Counselling theory
  • Advanced counselling skills
  • Self-awareness for counsellors
  • Counselling research methodologies
  • Counselling placement

Year 1

In the first year of the training programme, students will be assessed on their study of professional frameworks, counselling research projects, theoretical development and advanced applications of counselling skills.

During the 1st year of the course, students will gain a voluntary work experience where counselling skills can be applied and practiced. We will provide a list of possible placements where a minimum of 20 sessions of support for another person can provided. This work during the 1st year is a valuable learning experience that most often creates a greater degree of personal confidence that can be carried forward into the 2nd year counselling placement.

Year 2

To ensure continuation to the second year you will need to have completed successfully the 1st year's written assignments, maintained an excellent attendance record and secured a voluntary work placement where you will practice as a trainee counsellor in a counselling placement agency throughout the 2nd year of the programme. You will complete a minimum of 100 hours supervised counselling practice during your time in a placement.

Additionally, you will be assessed on your development of a core theoretical model of practice, learning from your placement practice and upon your personal development.

The Core Training Theoretical Model

The training model for this course is Integrative with an objective of developing an in-depth understanding of the key aspects of relational therapies.

During the second year students will develop their own core model of practice that will reflect the core-training model but with the additional essential quality of being created from each students individual perspective.

The intended outcome is for each student to develop a counselling model of applied theoretical principles that is flexible and creative, with theoretical rigour and constructed within a solid framework of good ethical professional practice.

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