This two-year diploma-level course makes up the second and third year of our Gestalt Counselling Programme. It offers intensive, practical professional training – on completion (and having completed the required number of client and supervision hours) you’ll be an accredited  member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and fully equipped to work competently with a range of clients.

Who takes this course?

Most students come to this course directly from the Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills (Part 1 of our Counselling Programme) with a view to becoming a qualified professional counsellor. Occasionally, we admit students with prior experience at this stage – see entry requirements for full details.

What the course offers

There are four components to this part of the programme:

  • teaching, practice and evaluation of skills involved in creating and developing a counselling relationship
  • developing awareness of self and self in relation to others both personally and professionally
  • presenting sound theoretical concepts from relevant established disciplines
  • group supervision to discuss and evaluate counselling practice.

Course outline

In the first year, you will:

  1. Gain a solid grounding in the philosophy and practice of gestalt as a core model.
  2. Review and evaluate the fundamental principles of counselling and relate these to the core method.
  3. Discuss and explore ethical and professional issues in relation to the counselling profession and clinical practice.
  4. Explore a range of theories of human development.
  5. Address major areas such as:
    • cross-cultural counselling
    • race, sexuality and gender issues
    • loss and bereavement
    • other topics relevant to student needs.
  6. Develop one-to-one counselling skills.
  7. Learn to review counselling sessions with peers.
  8. Integrate this theoretical, practical and experiential learning into current counselling practice with the support of supervision.

In the second year you will:

  1. Focus on groupwork theory, skills and practice.
  2. Deepen your understanding of gestalt theory and methodology with reference to subjects like transference and developmental theories.
  3. Cover other topics relevant to the developments in the wider counselling profession, e.g. short-term, brief therapy.
  4. Have an introduction to psychiatric diagnosis, treatment and drugs.
  5. Focus primarily on integrating this learning into individual and group counselling practice through case discussions, group and individual supervision and peer feedback.

The weekly components of both years are:

  • peer learning groups for study, skills practice, professional exchange and support
  • seminars on theory, professional and ethical issues
  • weekly personal development groups to address and explore individual and group issues, interpersonal relationships and attend to group process.

Across the two years, students need:

  • to be in their own private, individual gestalt counselling for a minimum of 80 hours over the two year period of training
  • to find a suitable trainee placement, in accordance with the Gestalt Centre guidelines and complete 120 hours of work with clients
  • to have a minimum of 23 hours’ individual supervision with a Gestalt Centre approved supervisor in addition to any supervision that may be provided by the student’s counselling placement.

What our students say

“Very intensive but of great value.” (CN)

“I rate this course as excellent and would happily recommend it.” (SA)

 

  • Structure

    This a two-year part-time course. Meetings are held weekly on Mondays, 4pm-9pm for three terms each year, totalling thirty-six weeks commencing annually in September. In addition, there will be two non-residential weekends in the Autumn and Summer terms and one four-day large group event in the Spring term. There will be three 30 minute tutorials each year, one per term.

    You’ll need to allow extra time for reading, writing assignments as well as for counselling practice in a trainee placement, individual clinical supervision and personal therapy/counselling.

  • Assessment

    Students are assessed by a variety of methods. Staff consider the progress of students at the end of each year based on tutor, peer and self-assessment. In addition, assessment will be based on:

    • A personal learning journal, which should contain details of individual learning contracts and accounts of key learning experiences
    • Two essays of 2,500 word in Year 1 on aspects of counselling theory
    • Two audio recordings of counselling sessions with critical commentary and analysis: one at the end of Year 1, another by mid-way through term 3 of Year 2
    • An extended essay of 5,000 words in term 2 of Year 2 on a topic of special interest to the student, in discussion with the tutor
    • A 2000-word self-reflective essay in term 3 of Year 2
    • satisfactory attendance on the course
    • a minimum of 120 hours counselling work with clients
    • a minimum of 23 hours supervision
  • Entry requirements

    Completion of Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills – the first course on our Counselling Programme

    OR

    • evidence of ability to study at diploma level
    • some training in counselling, e.g. a certificate in counselling skills, minimum of 95 hours of sustained study
    • a willingness to find a counselling placement, as defined in the Student Handbook, and accrue a minimum of 120 client counselling hours with appropriate supervision (min. 23 hours) across the two years
    • an appropriate level of maturity i.e. the ability to respond sensitively and flexibly to a wide range of people, feelings and ideas
    • a willingness to enter individual counselling/ therapy for the duration of the course.

    Candidates who meet the entry criteria will be invited to a group and individual interview to discuss the course, assess their readiness to embark on the training and to meet other applicants and the core staff.

  • Fees

    Diploma in Counselling (Year 2-3)

     

    Sponsored, per term: £1,697
    Self-funded, per term: £1,440
    Standing order per month: £360

    Fees are inclusive of UKAGP annual subscription – £10 optional payment if paid in one instalment or in 12 instalments at £1 per month

    Please note

    Diploma trainees are required to be in weekly individual counselling for the duration of their training; fees for this start at £50 per hour. Paying this fee to the counsellor is your direct responsibility. In addition, from the spring term in the first year, you’ll need to allow for individual supervision fees (from £50 per hour); these are paid direct to your counselling supervisor.

    Savings

    If you pay the full year in advance, there’s a small discount on the course fees.

    Self-funded discounted annual fee: £4,121
    Students who pay a termly fee before the 1st of the named due date month may deduct £25 from that term’s fee, giving a potential £75 saving on the fees for the year.

    Autumn Term and the year: July
    Spring Term: November
    Summer Term: February

    Liabilities

    Fees paid after the due dates will be liable for a £50 charge for additional administration cost, unless prior arrangement is made.

    Payments per month and per term

    Each student’s contract is renewable in June for commencement in September of each year and it is a condition of the contract that fees are payable in accordance with the published schedule. A non-refundable deposit of one month’s fee is required to secure a place on the training. If you leave before completing a year’s training, the fee for the year will be payable.

Leads to

This section of the Counselling Programme is accredited by BACP; you’ll be eligible to apply for individual accreditation by BACP once you’ve completed the required number of client and supervision hours. Our graduates go on to work as counsellors in various settings including: GP practices, voluntary agencies, higher and further education staff and student counselling services. They also work in private practice.

Alternatively, at this point, you can apply for entry to our Psychotherapy Programme at PG Certificate or PG Diploma level.

“It was a really fulfilling experience and I feel that I learnt a huge amount and have a basis for further learning at greater depth.”

CW

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