The Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling consists of:
Venue: Exeter and Poole
If you are interested in signing up for this course, we recommend that you attend one of our Taster Days.
Minimum 90 Hour Certificate in Counselling
Professional training that included 90 hours of counselling skills training
If you are applying with a certificate in counselling from an alternative training venue, we will need to have evidence of this. Your certificates will need to detail the number of training hours. If you are applying because your professional training included counselling training we will need to have evidence of your prior contact teaching in the form of counselling skills training, and the details of the number of hours spent in counselling skills training.
Sadly distance learning will not meet our entry requirements, as there are limited, if any, formal contacts between the tutor and student and with other students.
It is not possible to undertake our Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling at the same time as our Certificate in Counselling. You may, however, apply for the Advanced Diploma while undertaking the Certificate course, if it is due to be completed before the Diploma intake you are applying for begins. In those circumstances, any offer of a place on the Diploma would be subject to successful completion of the Certificate course.
How to apply:
You can apply by submitting the following documents and items:
Selection for interview:
Selection is on the basis of information provided in your application (as above). The following criteria is also taken into account:
Formal qualifications and experience
Evidence of written English
Commitment and enthusiasm for counselling
Maturity and stability
We will send you an invitation to come for an interview once these documents are in place.
In preparation for interview you are advised to look at the BACP website and the BACP Ethical Framework, which lists the values and personal qualities expected of counsellors
You will need to allow up to 3 hours for your interview and this will take the form of a group interview, followed by individual interviews. You will need to demonstrate to us your interpersonal skills and your relational capacity to effectively participate with others, with an awareness of difference and equality within the group environment.
Throughout the interview you will be invited to reflect upon your prior life experiences by using your self-awareness, your skills in self-reflection and maturity, using personal examples of how you have integrated your responses to those experiences. You will need to evidence your ability to engage with the academic requirements of the programme. Your application will necessitate you to be at the right time in your life, so you are able to engage fully with the training.
We will be looking for the following qualities (as identified in the BACP Gold Book 2009):
Self-awareness, maturity and stability
Ability to make use of and reflect upon life experience
Capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the course
Ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirements
Ability to form a helping relationship
Ability to be self critical and use both positive and negative feedback
Awareness of the nature of prejudice and oppression
Awareness of issues of difference and equality
Ability to recognise the need for personal and professional support
Competence in, or the aptitude to develop generic professional skills, including: literacy, numeracy, information technology, administrative skills, self management skills, communication and interpersonal skills.
We thank you for attending the interview and will write to you outlining the outcome of your interview.
The academic requirements of the Advanced Diploma require you to have sufficient IT skills to complete the course.
We ask you to note on your application any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, so that we can provide you with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter.
Our agreement with you covers the period of your training however progression through the Advanced Diploma is not automatic and is subject to the satisfactory completion of the course requirements, including minimum attendance, personal development, assessments and meeting the criteria for placement. We reserve the right to defer a student or terminate their training based upon our professional experience.