Two Year Level 4 Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling

    This Diploma is designed for individuals who have completed a Level 3 Course in Integrative Counselling and who wish to progress to Level 4 training which would enable them to work within a counselling agency. It is a requirement that students will have previously completed 180 guided learning hours.

    This is a two year course held on Thursdays from 9.30am - 3.45pm at The Willows Centre, 11 Prospect Place, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 3LQ. It will also include some Saturday training days.

    The course is recognised by the Association of Christian Counselllors (ACC) and accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).

    Why is it being held?

    To provide an appropriate training opportunity with a recognised qualification.  To promote a professional standard of counselling training, in line with forthcoming requirements for Registration of Counsellors.

    How will it be presented?

    By theoretical study, practical skills training, experiential exercises, group work, supervision of counselling practice and personal development.

    Organisation of the Course

    Practical training will be linked with theoretical understanding and aligned with the 7 processes (or units) of the CPCAB Model.  Appropriate integration of personal spirituality and professional practice, along with a growth in self awareness, will be an important aspect of personal development. Personal work on the course will include preparation of  2 Assignments, 2 Case Studies, plus Case Presentations and Seminar presentations.  Students will be required to complete a Portfolio. There will be an external assessment examination in the second year.

    Personal Counselling

    All students will be required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of Personal Counselling during the Course.

    Theoretical Model

    The course is underpinned by a theoretical model which is Integrative and which can be described as:
    • Person-centred and non-directive
    • Drawing on Psychodynamic insights
    • Uses both Cognitive-Behavioural and creative methods
    • Recognising a transpersonal world-view that is Christian
    • Is informed by developmental theory
    • Holds a holistic view of human functioning.
    It addresses the seven processes (or units) of the CPCAB  working model.

    The Learning Outcomes specified by CPCAB as the criteria for Level 4 of their working model are described as follows.
    Unit One: Working ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor.
    Unit Two: Working within a counselling relationship.
    Unit Three: Working with client diversity in counselling work.
    Unit Four: Working within a user-centred approach to counselling.
    Unit Five: Working with self awareness in the counselling process.
    Unit Six: Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills.
    Unit Seven: Working self reflectively as a counsellor.

    Within this course structure, attention will be given to the following specific topics:
    • Attachment Theory Risk Assessment
    • Development of a personal Philosophy of Counselling
    • Spirituality, faith and belief
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociation
    • Work  with  Trauma, including and introduction to Sensorimotor Resolution of Trauma
    • Working with Sexual Abuse Survivors
    • Solution Focused approaches

    Counselling Practice

    Students will be required to complete 100 hours of Supervised Counselling Practice during the two years and must  have counselled at least 5 different clients.

    Progressive Route

    Successful candidates may progress onto CPCAB's:

    • Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
    • Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
    • Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling
    To find out more information visit CPCAB's website at