Level 4 Diploma (CBT) in Therapeutic Counselling
This course is designed for those who are seeking to be professionally qualified counsellors
The course is made up of credit rated units developed in association with Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for the Health and Social Care Sector. When combined with the ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, it meets the basic training requirement for recognition as a qualified counsellor to a professional level of competency. It also contains supervised placement hours.
Trainees will complete this course with a comprehensive and full understanding of the following
•Ethical frameworks, including the importance of setting, supervision and casework management in counselling
•The impact diverse culture and heritage can have on the client/counsellor relationship in a multicultural society
•One major therapeutic model
•How to conduct a counselling session with a client in an ethical, effective and safe way
•How to increase self-awareness
•The purpose and importance of Research in counselling
•along with a deep knowledge of CBT, as a core model, in conjunction with Psychodynamic (Attachment)) and Humanistic (Existentialism) models
This Level 4 Diploma is concerned with the training of counsellors to a professional level of competency.
As a pre-requisite for admission to the Diploma course trainees must possess a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills or the equivalent obtained elsewhere.
Trainees will further develop the knowledge, skills and self-development from their Level 3 experience. It is anticipated that learners will be involved in placement with rigorous and qualified casework supervision. This should enable an interchange of experiences between the placements and the classroom work on a constant basis.
The ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling aims to
•meet, when combined with the ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, the training contact hours requirement for basic training at a professional level for recognition as a qualified counsellor
•provide further developed skills, including a 100-hour practice component under
•create a reflective practitioner
•develop a deep understanding of one therapeutic model with knowledge of two others (‘integrative’ can be a model
Structure and Content of the Qualification:
The course incorporates a theoretical module (i.e. counselling theories relevant to the descriptor), professional framework module (e.g. ethical practice), group training supervision, counselling skills practice and an ongoing process group.
The structure of the course also
Trainees will learn to work with more implicit patterns of relating, working at relational depth and will increasingly become clear on the types of clients and settings they can work with. This counselling programme provides a balance of theoretical input, practical and experiential learning, understanding of
1.K/601/7629 – Professional organisational issues in counselling
2.D/601/7630 – Counselling in a diverse society
3.K/6017632 – Counselling theory (CBT core model + Attachment + Existentialism)
4.M/601/7633 – Advanced counselling skills
5. T/601/7634 – Self-awareness for counsellors
6.A/601/7635 – Research methodologies in counselling
7.F/601/7636 – Counselling placement.
Internal – Evidence-based portfolio. Case studies. Assignments. Self- and learning reviews. Counselling practice sessions. Case presentations. Client record. Supervision record. Therapy record. Supervisor & agency feedback. Tutor/peer feedback. Tutorial record.
External – Placement Unit Submission (Obligatory in 2nd year)
Client hours – 100 hours minimum with adult clients
Placement – Ideally before joining the course
Personal Therapy – 20 hours
Attendance – 90% minimum