Level 4 Diploma in Counselling - accredited by OCNWMR - Sept 2017 - July 2019 held in the West Midlands
This Nationally recognised qualification will qualify you to gain entry on the BACP register and start working towards accreditation.
The course reflects the mission of Hope Psychological services to prepare and support individuals to develop the essential practical, personal and professional skills required of counsellors to develop the therapeutic relationship with clients. We are especially committed to a relational approach to training and therapy and hold strong beliefs about the importance of the personal development of the therapist being of central importance. In relation to this we also focus on the challenges posed by diversity in the therapeutic relationship. Essentially we think that counsellors need to thoroughly know themselves and be able to work with differences in order to build a strong therapeutic alliance. We are fully committed to an individual relationship with each student we take on to the course. We make it our business to provide the necessary and sufficient conditions for ethical successful progress into the profession. However, we do recognise that some people are not suitable for the profession. We do our best to identify this as early in the process as possible and offer support for those who don’t make it.
Training to be a counsellor can be incredibly rewarding and is also demanding emotionally, academically and financially. Please consider carefully the time commitment and your current family and work life situations. Outside the guided learning hours there is reading and assignment writing time, personal therapy, placement and supervision and a research project in the second year. Although we have arranged as little overlap with traditional working hours as possible in an attempt to be inclusive it will be a challenge to run the course alongside full time employment where there is no concession for the extra work that you will be engaged in. Other things to consider would be the level of other commitments you might have like caring or community activities or any health issues you might have. To be successful you will need a high degree of personal organisation, commitment and discipline.
Who is the course for?This course provides a further step for those having already completed 150 hours of counselling training and will provide an opportunity to:
What will the course cover?
There are 11 Units, covering:
A full list of learning outcomes is available on request but briefly by the end of the course you will:
All the work will have strong links to practice and there will also be an academic element. Learning methods will include: skills practice in different formats, learning journal, large group work, personal development groups, lectures, exercises and essays, Case studies and scenarios, tutorials and study groups. There is a strong emphasis on personal reflection and sharing and therefore a lot of work goes into creating a safe space to facilitate that.
Students will be registered with OCNWMR (National Awarding Organisation) for 11 Units with a total of 53 Credits. Guided learning hours (GLH) for this qualification is 420 hours and Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 530 hours. On successful completion students with be awarded a national qualification - 'OCNWMR Level 4 Diploma in Counselling' The Open College Network West Midlands Level 4 Diploma in Counselling is accredited by Ofqual.
As part of this course there will be a placement requirement of 100 hours. This is a placement outside of the course where you will fulfill the role of a trainee counsellor. You will therefore need professional indemnity insurance and student membership of the BACP or ACC. This work will be supervised and perspective students are advised to consider the extra costs this will incur. You will need to research agencies or charities where you may become a volunteer in good time before starting your placement in the January of the fisrt academic year. You may be required to have DBS checks etc which can take time, and you may be required to do some specific agency training dependent on the placement provider.
Personal Therapy Requirement
As part of this course you will be required to have 20 hours per year of personal therapy. This is not only so you can experience therapy from the client’s point of view but also for personal development and to help you cope with issues and emotions raised on the course and when counselling others.
Following this course students are eligible to join BACP as an individual member and apply to take the BACP Certificate of Proficiency assessment. BACP individual members then have 24 months to progress to the Registered Member MBACP category.
When and where is the course running?
The course will next run between September 2017 and Summer 2019 one evening per week (Wednesday early evening term time) from 4.00pm - 9.30pm at the Renewal Family Centre, Vulcan Road, Solihull, West Midlands. There will also be 4 Saturday 'away days' to be held throughout each year - from 9:00am - 5.00pm (at our retreat centre in Tamworth - just of Junction 10 of the M42). Exact dates are as follows:
The majority of sessions must be attended to receive accreditation and certification. Whilst every effort must be made to attend all sessions we understand illness and emergencies can happen. There is however a minimum requirement of 80% course attendance in order to achieve accreditation and certification.
Students should also have sufficient IT skills and access to a computer and printer to produce assignments in either Microsoft Word or Mac Pages etc. Students will also need to purchase or have access to a digital voice recorder. Many Students find the course highly rewarding, exciting and also emotionally challenging. Applicants should therefore be in a fairly stable emotional state when applying (e.g. those with recent bereavement/loss/relationship breakdown/trauma may find they struggle with the emotional impact of the course).
Informal Interview and Short assignment
All applicants will be required to submit a short assignment and have an informal interview as part of the application process. Applicants should ensure they meet the entry requirements for the course before applying.
Course fees are £2295 (Payable per year) including OCNWMR registration fee.