Q. Who can I contact?

A. The Training Administrator is your first point of contact for enquiries, essay hand ins, extensions to essay deadlines, change of supervisor etc.

The Training Manager oversees student enquiries regarding placements, therapists, and office management duties.

A. Your core practitioner training should be at the minimum level of a diploma in counselling or psychotherapy, but could be a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctorate.

Q. What does BACP accredited centre mean?

A. St Albans, Luton and Bedford provide counselling training courses. Each centre is accredited with BACP.

If Our Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are completed within our centres students will be eligible to apply for personal accreditation from the BACP under 4.1 route.

If the Diploma (without the Advanced Diploma) is completed the student would only receive personal accreditation if you prove you have done the additional theory, skills and personal development through route 4.2.

You need to log onto the BACP website and download a copy of the Counsellor/Psychotherapist Accreditation Scheme and follow the guidelines within.

Q. What is Psychodynamic?

A. The main emphasis in psychodynamic counselling evolves from Sigmund Freud’s theories on the unconscious where early experiences in childhood are seen as important in shaping the way our mind works, which may affect our present day relationships.

Q. I want to train as a Counsellor and I am not sure what course I should take?

A. If you have decided to train as a Counsellor we offer psychodynamic courses from the Foundation Certificate through to Advanced Certificate. This will qualify you as a BACP accredited counsellor.

If you are uncertain if the career is for you we advise that you take the Introduction Course  a 12 hour course over either 4 or 6 weeks (part time). This will give you an insight into what counselling is about, the theory behind the different modalities and an overview into CBT. There are no assignments set for this course and we currently run the course online via Zoom. This is an excellent course to begin building your listening and conversational skills. You do not have to have completed the Introduction Course before you start the Foundation Course. Cost: From £285 and bookable here.

Foundation Certificate – this is a 1 year part time course starting September

We run various times, day or evenings at St Albans, Bedford, Luton Welwyn Garden City and online. This course requires an application form to be submitted before the end of August and you may be asked to attend interview.
There is currently no funding available towards costs of this course.

Who is it for?

The Foundation Certificate is typically taken by people who want have an element of counselling required as part of their current job eg school support staff/pastoral care or working in a counselling agency. Or it is taken as the first course in building a career as a counsellor.
Cost £2300 for 1 year course.
A Foundation Certificate course lasts for 30-36 weeks and follows the school terms.

Students will complete two assignments during the year and take part in experiential work.
This course is required (or similar) before students can progress to the Diploma Courses and will need to have satisfactorily completed personal development and assignments.

Diploma  – 2 year part time course starting September
Cost £4,505 per year.

Additional requirements:
Acceptance based on completing the Foundation Certificate (or similar course), completing two interviews and tutor feedback.

Students must be in therapy at least once a week throughout the course. It is a requirement to be in therapy for 6 months or more before a student may see clients on their placement.

Students must have a placement to see clients in term 2. Some placements are offered from The Counselling Foundation however you are not guaranteed a place. We work with other agencies that provide placements and will signpost you to them if accepted onto the course. Please note late applicants may find it difficult to secure a placement so it is advisable to apply early for our courses. Students must make every effort to secure a placement opportunity and must be working with clients over the age of 18 years.

Q. Do you hold an Open Day?

A. Open days are held throughout the year.  Register your interest on our Get in Touch form.  The application process is open until the end of August for courses starting in September.

Q. What happens if I find a placement opportunity but it is not on the Training Centre list?

A. All new placements found must be visited by a senior member of staff. In the first instance you must contact the Programme Tutor. The placement must be able to offer supervision, working with clients over the age of 18 years and able to complete a mid-year and end of year report. Students may be asked to pay supervision and report costs.

Q. What should I do if I want to change my supervisor or therapist?

A. Students must contact the Programme Tutor to request a change and follow the procedure detailed in the student area on the website.

Q. What should I do if I am offered a place on the course but want to defer for a year?

A. You will be asked to complete a deferment form which will hold your place open until the following year. You will not be asked to attend two interviews or pay the registration fee a second time.

Q. How do you help people with young families or working?

A. All of our courses follow the Hertfordshire County Council school holiday timetable.  Our courses are part time and available during the day or in the evening to give you flexibility choosing a  convenient time.  Additional student events are held on Saturday and you are given these dates well in advance but attendance on Saturday is not mandatory.

Q. Is there parking on site?

A. Unfortunately we are not able to offer car parking to students on site.  St Albans  Training centre nearest car park is Gombards or Russell Street (5 minute walk).   For more information how to get to our locations, please click here and scroll down to the “finding us” section. Please note that St Albans has stairs to the training centre. All other venues are accessible.

If you have any questions regarding training, please note that we are only able to answer email queries rather than calls currently. If you wish to apply for a course, please send your application form to training@counsellingfoundation.org . Thank you for your understanding at this time.