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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    2 years

  • Course Type

    PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Please see the website

  • Last Updated

    10 October 2018

Course content

Course content

All courses combine Humanistic theory with professional and ethical practice and are grounded in Humanistic values; these values fit today’s working conditions.You’ll be given the opportunity to explore how, as a Humanistic practitioner, you can contribute to the contemporary and growing field of counselling and psychotherapy.

The course combines humanistic theory with professional and ethical practice and is grounded in humanistic values. These values fit contemporary working conditions well. You’ll be given an opportunity to explore how, as a Humanistic Practitioner, you can contribute to the contemporary and growing field of counselling and psychotherapy.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

Our graduates have secured jobs in the following roles, with 80% working as counsellors.

  • Counsellors after Diploma and Degree level (on completion of 450 hours' supervised practice) in private practice or in schools, universities, the NHS or companies
  • Youth and community workers
  • Community education services
  • Connexions partnerships
  • Rural community work
  • Citizens' Advice Bureau
  • Careers advisor
  • Personnel work
  • Life coaching
  • Social care careers
  • Social worker

Indicative modules

Diploma Humanistic Counselling:

  • Skills 1: Counselling Skills
  • Skills 2: Counselling Skills with Ethics
  • Skills 3: Understanding the Therapeutic Process and Ethical Awareness
  • Skills 4: Counselling Skills in Context
  • Humanistic Frameworks
  • Human Development
  • Supervision
  • Client Issues

Teaching and assessment

Students are taught and facilitated interactively so that they are always encouraged to engage with the material and learn through discussion. We provide students with a variety of types of modules and guide their learning experiences in the following areas:

  • Theory modules which equip students with knowledge of counselling theory, client & diversity issues and specialist Humanistic theory.
  • Skills and professionalism modules which focus on developing student’s mastery of therapeutic interventions and their professional awareness.
  • Personal development modules.
  • Research modules which introduce students to research methods.
  • Placements where students work with clients.
  • Supervision of student’s client work provided by placements
  • Personal counselling.
  • One to one tutorials with tutors.

Assessment is based on observed skills practise, assignments and satisfactory supervisor’s reports and completion of placement and personal counselling hours. There are no exams. 

Student opportunities

As a student in the Department there are a variety of opportunities which may be available to you. These include:


Visit the Diploma in Humanistic Counselling page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

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