|Location||United Kingdom, Surrey (Guildford College)|
|Type||Final year and top-up, full-time|
|Nominal duration||1 year|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
Least a minimum of 6.0 in each skill or equivalent in a secure English language test
Applicants should have:
A counselling diploma or foundation degree, normally with 450 hours of training, a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counselling practice and 60 hours of personal counselling (or equivalent)
• Accreditation of prior experiential learning procedures may apply for some candidates with fewer training hours and/or more experience. This is dependent on their existing diploma.
• Applicants are subject to interview.
This programme has been specifically designed for practicing counsellors already qualified to diploma or foundation degree level and working in paid employment, private practice or a voluntary setting. It provides a unique opportunity for counsellors to deepen their understanding of counselling theory and practice, to gain more understanding of client issues and how to work with them, undertake a research project and gain a degree at the same time. It also provides a forum where counsellors from a variety of orientations and backgrounds will be able to share information and experience to their mutual advantage. As awareness of mental health issues gradually increases in the public consciousness and more people seek professional help and advice, there is a rise in demand for counselling and for professionally qualified counsellors. Employers are becoming increasing inclined to seek graduate counsellors due to their increased level of skills, knowledge and ability.
The aims of the programme are:
To equip students who have already completed a substantial, skills-focused training in counselling with a consolidated knowledge of the theories and philosophies that underpin their practice
To foster students’ self-reflective awareness of their current capacities as counsellors and future continuing professional development targets in support of their lifelong working aspirations
To develop students’ confident engagement with systematic research in counselling by fostering their critical understanding of relevant research methods and enabling them to undertake a suitable counselling research project of personal interest.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Advanced Counselling Theory (15 credits)
Attachment, Loss and Bereavement (15 credits)
Case Discussion (15 credits)
Consolidating Clinical Practice and Professional Development (30 credits)
Counselling Research Project (30 credits)
Research Methodology for Counselling Practitioners (15 credits)
You could become a private practice counsellor, pastoral worker, counsellor for a voluntary agency, the NHS or other statutory agency. Counsellors who graduate from this course and who are already in paid employment will be eligible for a greater variety of counselling work.