The Postgraduate Diploma programme is equivalent to a professional training in Person-Centred counselling and is validated by Cosca.
The overall aim of the programme is to offer a sufficiently safe, supportive yet challenging learning environment that will enable participants to develop and demonstrate those personal qualities and professional skills deemed necessary for competent and reflective practitioners. Self awareness, counselling theory, practice and research will be integrated to a level that will enable course members to engage with therapeutic process in a range of counselling relationships.
Trainee counsellors will acquire the ability to:
- develop a sound knowledge of the philosophies, theories, research and practice concerning person centred counselling; - communicate a high level of awareness of and competence in counselling skills; - demonstrate an understanding of therapeutic process; - raise awareness of professional developmental needs and of the importance of the full use of counselling supervision, in individual and group settings; - evaluate the importance of personal development in relation to training as a counsellor; - consider the effect of personal experience and values and attitudes on counsellor functioning; - gain critical understanding of the place counselling occupies in the field of counselling and the role counselling plays in society as a whole; - place individual counselling practice within a sound ethical framework as outlined in the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and the COSCA Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice.
The Dissertation or Counselling Related Research Study provides a focus for participants to review their professional development, practice and interests to date, to identify an area for investigation and to plan, implement and write up their research leading to an MSc in Counselling.