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Therapeutic Counselling - CPCAB Level 4 Diploma


About the course

Do you want to work as a qualified counsellor in a counselling agency? If so, this course provides the training and qualification you need.

You need to have successfully completed a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, or equivalent, and require 2 references (including a tutor recommendation). You will also have an interview. 

You will develop your understanding and practice of therapeutic counselling based on an integrative theoretical model. You will cover Ethical practice, Psychopathology, Specialist issues, Group training supervision, Counselling skills practice and on-going process groups.

You will set up an agency placement during the first part of the course and will also undertake a minimum of 40 hours of personal therapy during the course.

You will undergo an external assessment and have to produce a portfolio of case studies  and will be required to complete all units.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, awarded by the Counselling and Psychology Central Awarding Body.

Following this course, you can progress to the CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling or the CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory.

The College have been like a family to me ever since I walked in the door

Tracy Callaghan

Tracy Callaghan

Studied: Diploma in Counselling

Destination: Now works as a clinical supervisor working to rehabilitate substance misusers

At a very low point in her life, while trying to overcome a serious assault, Tracy could no longer carry on her job due to her injuries. She came to the College to work out her options.

“I was so nervous as I’m dyslexic, did not have any GCSEs, and had been out of education for a long time but the careers team were brilliant. Bit by bit I built up my skills and experience from studying counselling theory to therapeutic and psycho therapeutic diplomas.

“I now own my own counselling service and manage volunteers supporting substance misusers. I am a creative clinical supervisor and council and use hypnotherapy with clients across the world on Skype. I also teach at the College who have been like a family to me ever since I walked in the door.”

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20 September 2018

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