The programme is an advanced training programme in the Person-Centred approach providing students with the opportunity to engage in professional and personal development to the standard that BACP requires for professionally accredited counsellors. The course is specifically designed to accommodate people who have work commitments during the week which make weekly attendance difficult and for that reason the course takes place mainly at weekends or week-long blocks over two years. Residential attendance on the programme is a requirement of the course.
Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Change
Year One, Term 1
Personality Theory, Psychological Wellbeing and Psychopathology
Year One, Term 2
Reflective Practice, Developments in Counselling and Complex Clinical Issues
Year Two, Term 3
Research Issues and Research Methods
Year Two, Term 4
Clinical Competence, Supervision and an in-depth analysis of the Counselling Process
Years One & Two
Terms: 1, 2, 3, 4
Developing the Reflective Practitioner
Years One & Two
Terms: 1, 2, 3, 4
The programme is predominantly residential, consisting of residential weekends and one week-long residential per module, plus a number of non-residential study days, in each module.
The programme curriculum and structure balances theoretical understanding, personal development and clinical competence which offers students the environment an opportunity to integrate their personal and professional learning and share responsibility for their learning.
The programme is designed around three key principles:
- The development of theoretical understanding: key academic areas for study, evaluation and assessment.
- The development of professional and clinical competence: the ability to create and sustain the therapeutic conditions which facilitate change
- Personal development: the ongoing development of self-awareness and reflectiveness
These key principles are delivered within a structure which provides focus whilst also promoting the integration of learning helping students make connections between the distinct elements of the course, synthesise their own knowledge and understanding and create new insights.
Presentations and seminars by the staff team and visiting presenters provide a substantial input on Person-Centred theory and theories from other approaches including different models for understanding the process of individual development and psychopathology. Workshops and seminars encourage exploration and reflection on key issues relevant to society and the counselling profession and stimulate the growth of greater self-awareness. Course Community Meetings and Process Reflection Groups which are held throughout the course, offer opportunities for self-reflection. The development of counselling competence involves counselling practice with peers on the course, and a clinical practicum where students work with clients in counselling placements. This dimension of the programme also involves individual supervision and group supervision.
In addition to attendance on the programme, students are required to complete a clinical placement which involves one to one therapeutic counselling with clients and attendance at individual supervision. The course also requires students to engage in independent study and complete a number of written assignments.
Whilst the development of competent, ethical, professional practitioners is a key priority for the course, which we take seriously, our programme also recognises that creativity, experiential learning and social time with ‘fellow travellers’ as important elements in this process of development.
The overall cost of the 2023-2025 programme is £8,950 for a twin shared room (with another student) OR £9,680 for a single room. A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required to secure a place on the programme. With regard to payment of course fees: the fee for each year is £4,225 for a twin shared room OR £4,590 for a single room. Fees are required to be paid in advance at the beginning of the academic year. Payment Plans are available on for both twin shared and single rooms are available.
The course fees include the cost of student enrolment, PVG check with Disclosure Scotland and full board and twin shared room OR single room accommodation at the venue. Residential attendance is a mandatory requirement of course participation.
Please note: The course is not SAAS funded.
Additional Fees: Students are required to complete clinical practicum which involves 120 client hours with a placement organisation and 32 hours of Individual Supervision. This cost of individual supervision is not included in the course fees and can range from £35-£45 per session.
Students are also required to apply for BACP student membership at a cost of £82 per year.
Although it is not a mandatory requirement of the course the vast majority of students choose to engage in personal therapy during the programme. The cost of personal therapy is also met by the individual student.
You can access the course information leaflet , application form and programme dates for the 2023-2025 Professional Diploma by clicking on the links. In order to fulfil our obligations under the Equality Act 2010, Persona is seeking your co-operation to enable us to do this by providing some demographic information. When submitting an application form please also complete and submit the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Monitoring form. Submission of the form is entirely voluntary and the information provided will be kept confidential in accordance with GDPR regulations and will only be used for monitoring purposes
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FINAL GROUP INTERVIEW SATURDAY 22ND OF JULY 2023