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Diploma in Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling

Key Information

Course Format: In person

Course Length: 3 years (part time)  5 Hours tutor contact time per week plus a clinical placement

Requirements: This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to start training as a psychodynamic counsellor. There are no formal academic requirements to enrol on this course but a few years relevant work and life experience are required as is the ability to work at FHEQ level 4. All applicants will be interviewed and will need to demonstrate readiness to train as a professional counsellor. One way of demonstrating this would be to have undertaken an Introduction to Counselling Skills Course (see our Introduction to Counselling on our Training Overview page or equivalent course ).

An IELTS score of 7 (minimum) is required if English is not your first language.

 

The Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling is a three-year course designed for those who wish to develop a professional career in psychodynamic counselling. The course is both theoretical and practical.

In year 1 you will learn the theory of psychodynamic counselling (including modules on the Fundamentals of Counselling and Human Growth and Development). Students will study classic texts and more contemporary research and evidence based papers and engage in role play skills practice and a Personal Development Group.

In year 2, modules will include Human Growth and Development, the Therapeutic Relationship and a Personal Development Group.  Students will also have the opportunity to work with clients as part of a counselling service and be part of a clinical supervision group (either internally at one of The Counselling Foundation Centres or at one of our externally approved partner agencies).

In year 3, modules include Advanced Theory and Psychopathology and you will continue to build your clinical experience working with a variety of clients and carrying out assessments. All of this allows you to integrate your experiential, theoretical and clinical learning.

By the end of the course our graduate counsellors will have all the skills and competencies required to enable them to work as part of an agency or independently in private practice and ultimately to apply for individual BACP accreditation Column B (subject to completion of the required 450 clinical hours ).

As this is a newly improved course designed to map onto the SCoPEd industry standard competencies, we are currently working with BACP towards course accreditation.

 

Additional Course Requirements and Student Costs: Clinical placement  with fortnightly supervision building to at least three clients a week . [150] clinical hours for the award

Students are required to be in weekly personal therapy with a psychodynamic counsellor that meets our criteria [In year 1, this is from the start of term 3] for the duration of the course.

Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Key Information

Course Format: In person

Course Length: 2 years (5 hours tutor contact time per week)

Requirements: This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to deepen their academic and clinical training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist to work at relational depth with their clients. Applicants are welcome from a variety of backgrounds and will need to have completed a counselling training to Diploma level (FHEQ level 6) or equivalent and have done a minimum of 100 clinical hours with individual, adult clients.

An IELTS score of 7 (minimum) is required if English is not your first language.

 

The Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a two year post graduate course designed for those who wish to deepen their theoretical and clinical understanding of psychodynamic work. The course aims to develop the skills, competencies and theoretical understanding required for independent practice and within agencies working at relational depth, long or short term with complex clients. Modules include Working with Trauma, Mental Health Familiarisation, Working with Difference and Diversity and Research Skills.

There is a focus on integrating competencies through a coherent understanding of specific clients and case study presentations are an integral part of the course. The advanced skills equip students with a greater ability to understand and work effectively with projective identification, transference and counter transference.

By the end of the course graduate counsellors will have all the skills and competencies required to enable them to work as part of an agency or independently in private practice and ultimately to apply for individual BACP accreditation Column C (subject to completion of the required 450 clinical hours in training). As this is a newly developed course designed to map onto the SCoPEd industry standard competencies we are currently working with BACP towards course accreditation.

 

Additional Course Requirements and Student Costs: In Clinical Practice with a psychodynamic supervisor for the duration of the course.

Students are required to be in weekly personal therapy with a psychodynamic counsellor that meets our criteria for the duration of the course.

Advanced Clinical Skills in Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling

Key Information

Course Format: In person

Course Length: 1 year (5 Hours tutor contact time per week)

Requirements: This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop their psychodynamic clinical skills and reflective practice as a psychodynamic counsellor in private practice or working for an agency. Applicants are welcome from a variety of backgrounds and will need to have completed a psychodynamic counselling training to Diploma level (FHEQ level 6) or equivalent and have done a minimum of 100 clinical hours with individual. adult clients.

An IELTS score of 7 (minimum) is required if English is not your first language.

 

The Advanced Clinical Skills course is a one year post graduate course designed for those who wish to develop their psychodynamic clinical and theoretical understanding to enhance their clinical practice. Modules include Assessment, Working Short Term with clients and Advanced Theory. The course aims to develop the skills, competencies and theoretical understanding required for independent practice and within agencies for long- or short-term work.

By the end of the course post graduate counsellors will have the skills and competencies required to enable them to work as part of an agency or independently in private practice and to apply for individual BACP accreditation Column B (subject to completion of the required 450 clinical hours). As this is a newly developed course designed to map onto the SCoPEd industry standard competencies, we are currently working with BACP towards course accreditation.

 

Additional Course Requirements and Student Costs: In Clinical Practice with a psychodynamic supervisor for the duration of the course. [450 hours during training]

Students are required to be in weekly personal therapy with a psychodynamic counsellor that meets our criteria for the duration of the course.

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.

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.

Our 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.

Joining a recognised professional body, like BACP can benefit both your training and future career, through access to resources, knowledge and networks. It also gives you professional credibility, showing that you are committed to practising competently, ethically and safely and to continuous professional development. If you have decided to train as a Counsellor we offer psychodynamic counselling training courses from the Foundation Certificate through to Advanced Certificate.

BACP SCoPEd

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.

Counselling Foundation students who complete the Foundation Certificate and the Diploma will be eligible for Column A (registered membership) once they have completed the BACP Certificate of Proficiency.

Counselling Foundation students who complete the Foundation Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma have completed the theoretical part of an accredited course (450 hours), and most of the required clinical hours (300 out of 450 hours). Students will need to complete a further 150 post qualification clinical hours and can then apply for individual accredited membership in Column B.

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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