Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 Diploma

The Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling is a higher level course allowing you to progress directly to work within the counselling sector.

  • Study Mode

    Part-time

  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Location

    Bracknell and Wokingham College

This two year, part-time qualification gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies required to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context.

It is designed to lead to an employed or voluntary role in a counselling agency in both healthcare and non-medical settings.

Learners with sufficient experience can also begin working as independent practitioners in private practice on completion of this course.

Find out more about this programme on the CPCAB website.

On this programme you will learn:

  • how to work ethically and safely as a counsellor
  • understanding the therapeutic relationship
  • working with client diversity in counselling work
  • the user centred approach to working with clients
  • the importance of self-awareness
  • the person centred approach to therapeutic change
  • the role of clinical supervision

You will learn via:

  • practical and theory lessons
  • workshops
  • experiential group work
  • counselling skills practice
  • case studies
  • assignments
  • portfolio
  • observation
  • external exam (in year two)

Other course requirements

  • Placement requirement (100 hrs)
  • Personal counselling (60 hrs

This two year, part-time qualification gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies required to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context.

It is designed to lead to an employed or voluntary role in a counselling agency in both healthcare and non-medical settings.

Learners with sufficient experience can also begin working as independent practitioners in private practice on completion of this course.

Find out more about this programme on the CPCAB website.

Places on this course can only be confirmed subject to places being available, and with the following conditions being met: 

  • You must have undertaken and proficiently passed the CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies or their equivalent recognised qualifications (gaps in training of more than 2 years between Level 3 and Level 4 may not be considered) .
    This can be verified by providing: a Level 2 and 3 Certificate from a reputable training institution which abides by the Ethical Framework and guidelines set out by a recognised counselling association e.g. BACP. and a portfolio of work.
  • Candidates should have a grade C/4 in GCSE English or a Level 2 equivalency in order to meet the academic demands of the course.
  • Candidates must be interviewed for suitability by a qualified counselling tutor before a place can be confirmed on the course.
  • Minimum candidate age, 19 years old. 
  • Be able to identify reasons for training beyond just personal development
  • Academically and emotionally able to cope with this level of training**
  • Ability to work with difference and diversity
  • Possess the openness and ability to benefit from self-development
  • Ability to form a therapeutic relationship 
  • Possess the qualities of self-awareness, insight, honesty and integrity
  • Emotional stability and the absence of personality disturbance*
  • Ability to challenge and be challenged
  • Ability to respond sensitively and empathically to others
  • Capability to begin working with clients within an agency setting
  • Are intending (and actively seeking) to begin work with clients during year 1 of the programme

*This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological distress. **The nature of this course involves experiential elements that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities.

Disclaimer: Please note that if an applicant has experienced a significant life event in the last 6 months i.e. Bereavement or recovery from a mental health issue, the college has the right to refuse the application and will recommend deferring due to the demands of the course. This can be discussed at interview.

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