What Is It & Who Is It For?

Designed from the ground up by highly experienced tutors, this comprehensive diploma is suitable for anyone wanting to pursue a career in professional counselling. Being a gateway to registration, it meets all of the membership requirements for the major professional counselling bodies (NCS, BACP etc.) and provides a solid foundation on which trainees can launch their ambitions.

We chose to run an advanced diploma (level 5) to enable us to stretch our trainees and encourage the use of critical thinking, analysis, and evaluation throughout the programme. The core model taught during this diploma is an integration of humanistic approaches with Jungian psychology supporting the creative elements of practice; we will not only teach you about the theory, but also the methodology and application of integration. In addition to theoretical knowledge, our trainees will become highly skilled listeners, confident in developing and maintaining a professional, ethical, and therapeutic space.

Underpinning effective counselling is a solid understanding of ethics, diversity, and equality issues. This will be an area of reflection throughout the two years. We believe that it is equally important that a counsellor has a solid understanding of their own processes, thoughts, and feelings and so personal development is also an integral part of the training process.

Counsellor Training Diploma

As a qualified counsellor, you will continue to study for many years and membership bodies require you to complete a certain amount of additional training to remain registered. To this end, we teach you research methodology and ways in which you can utilise this understanding to continue growing long into the future.

In the second year of your training, you will be required to attend a professional placement and work with clients directly for no less than 100 hours, following this you be required to reflect on your experiences and demonstrate an appropriate level of reflexive practice through written analysis of your work.

At Whitebeam Associates, trainees have the opportunity to work with three qualified, experienced counselling tutors, each with a different specialism but equally passionate about their work.

The standards on this course are high, with all trainees being expected to act professionally and engage fully with the learning process. On successful completion of this course,  our learners will be ‘trainees’ no more and would have met the current requirements for recognition by the major professional bodies in the UK.


Q: I have studied my level 3 at a different training centre, can I apply for the advanced diploma?

A: Yes, you absolutely can!

Note: Places will be offered subject to interview and references.

Q: Do you supply a placement, or will I need to find my own?

A: We feel that it works better if the training and the placement experience are separate from each other, so as to avoid any conflict of interest. Trainees are responsible for finding their own placement opportunities, having said that, we are happy to give you a nudge in the right direction!

Q: Can I choose my own personal therapist/supervisor?

A: Yes, we believe that personal choice is incredibly important when choosing a therapist/supervisor, however, we have a responsibility to ensure that all professional working with our trainees are fully qualified, experienced, and insured. We also require therapists to be proficient in the modality being taught (integrative-humanistic)

Q: What happens if I miss a deadline?

A: We’re aiming high with this course, and our standards reflect this: it is expected that ALL submissions meet the deadlines, failure to meet a deadline (without mitigating circumstances being agreed in advance) will result in:

  • A reduced grade (you maximum grade will be capped at a PASS)

Q: Can I use this qualification in APL applications?

A: None of our training programmes are affiliated with awarding bodies. We instead have our courses quality checked by relevant professional bodies  to ensure that our standards are at their highest and all of our trainees gain the recognition that they deserve. We have contact both the BACP and the NCS directly who have confirmed that they will acknowledge our diploma. By developing courses in this way we are able to have creative freedom, reduce costs, and tailor the experience based on our many years of delivering counsellor training. 

This Diploma meets the membership requirements of both BACP and the NCS.