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Counselling Training

The Counselling Foundation has been one of the UK’s leading providers of contemporary psychodynamic training for over 50 years. We provide a high-quality training programme, designed to produce effective, knowledgeable and compassionate counsellors. Our focus on pastoral care ensures each student is well supported throughout their journey with us. Our portfolio of courses has options for students taking their first steps on their training journey as well as opportunities for full professional training.

We are an organisational member of one of the largest Professional Associations for counselling in the UK, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). We are proud of our BACP course and service accreditations. With the recent publication of the new industry wide SCoPEd standards for training, we are excited to be working with BACP to develop our courses which incorporate the necessary competencies, skills and experience for contemporary counsellors in training.

If you would like to talk one to one to some of our Training Team and/or Tutors, you can arrange for an individual zoom or phone call. To book, please email

Training Open Days

To learn more about our courses for the academic year 2024-2025, join us at one of our Open Days. If you have any specific questions about this course, please email and we can arrange for you to speak to a tutor or one of the training team.

If you would like to talk one to one to some of our Training Team and/or Tutors, you can arrange for an individual zoom or phone call. To book, please email

Our Training Courses

The flow chart below sets out potential training routes at The Counselling Foundation. Please click on the more information buttons below each course to find out further details, course prospectuses and application forms.

Trainees from other programmes are welcome to apply to our courses subject to meeting our requirements of prior learning and entry criteria.

4 weeks

Introduction to Counselling

Foundation Training
1 year

Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling

Professional Training
3 years

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

Post Qualifying Training
2 years

Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Post Qualifying Training
1 year

Advanced Certificate in Clinical Skills

BACP Accreditation

The Counselling Foundation is itself an organisational member of BACP. We offer a career in counselling with our part time psychodynamic counselling courses.

If you have decided to train as a counsellor, we offer psychodynamic counselling training courses from the Foundation Certificate through to the Advanced Diploma. Our new three-year Diploma is a BACP Accredited course. Our Advanced Clinical Skills and new Advanced Diploma courses are not currently accredited as BACP have not yet written course criteria for this type of course. We will be working with them towards course accreditation once criteria are published (not expected until 2026).

The BACP accreditation schemes aim to recognise the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy. It helps those seeking therapy make an informed decision when choosing a therapist.

BACP course accreditation is recognised by training providers, employers and students as a mark of a high quality, professional practitioner training course. Increasingly clients understand the importance of using a therapist who is professionally trained and qualified, and is a member of a professional body.

BACP registered membership represents the minimum level of training and experience that we recommend a client should expect from a therapist.

By choosing a BACP accredited course, you can be sure that:

  • the course content, delivery and assessment meet the highest professional standards
  • the course is mapped to external benchmark standards and curricula
  • the tutor team meets BACP teaching, experience and practice requirements
  • the learning environment and resources are appropriate for high-quality practitioner training
  • the course assessment and moderation are externally assured
  • the course and practice requirements satisfy BACP membership and individual accreditation training requirements
  • the course is subject to ongoing BACP quality assurance

Successful graduates of BACP accredited courses can apply to join the BACP Register directly without having to sit a Certificate of Proficiency.

It is important to note that undertaking an Accredited course will not give an individual Accreditation as a counsellor. Individuals who complete counselling training have to apply for individual Accreditation and go through an Accreditation process.


In February 2023 BACP, together with its other professional body partners, adopted the SCoPEd framework. This sets out the core training, practice and competence requirements for counsellors and psychotherapists working with adults. Members of BACP will be eligible for alignment in one of 3 columns: A, B or C with the possibility of transitioning to a different column as they undertake further training and gather clinical experience.

There is now a transitional period from Feb 2024- Jan 2026. After that new accreditation routes will be published by BACP.

Please continue to monitor the BACP website for further detail. You can also find helpful information including FAQs and more details where you will be represented on the website.

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