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Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling

Course Description

The PG Dip is a two year part-time course, designed for students with prior counselling skills training and experience in using these counselling skills in a helping role. If you successfully complete the course, you will have undertaken the training element required to apply for individual British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Counsellor Accreditation. You will still need to build up your client hours. Please visit the BACP website for details of full accreditation requirements.

How can I study?

The PG Dip meets one day per week over two academic years. You are also required to attend a two-day residential in each year of the course. The course starts in September.

What will I study?

Equal weight is given to the importance of counselling theory, counselling practice and personal development in the training of counsellors. The structure of the course reflects this balance. You are introduced to elements of academic research.
The core theoretical model for the course is integrative, with an emphasis on humanistic values and on the significance of the therapeutic relationship.

In year two you are encouraged to develop and articulate your own integrated approach to counselling deriving from the study and application of a range of counselling theories and approaches. All modules are compulsory as the course is developmental and provides an integrated training in theory, process and skills as prescribed by the BACP.

Visit the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling page on the York St John University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Possess a degree from an approved higher education university/institution OR professional qualification and/or experience recognised as equivalent of a first degree, have satisfactorily completed a Certificate in Counselling Skills, experience of counselling skills in work, education, the helping professions or voluntary agencies.Fulfil supervised counselling practice requirements, demonstrating conceptual ability to engage with postgraduate level academic study. Applicants must possess IELTS band score 6 or its equivalent if not a native English speaker. Applicants without traditional academic qualifications for postgraduate study, but satisfy the criteria around professional experience, may need to undertake/pass the Access module (3ID130), as part of entry.

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