Core Training with Whitebeam

A comprehensive, bespoke training route that has been designed to support you from the first day of training, to the last day and beyond!

To be professionally recognised as a qualified, counsellor in the UK there are three stages of training: Firstly, an introductory certificate that lasts between 10 – 12 weeks; next a one year (part-time) certificate to polish up on your skills; and finally a 2-year part-time diploma alongside a supervised placement.

All of our courses have been designed to guide you towards professional recognition, but it’s important to note that only the 2-year diploma will meet the criteria for membership on a PSA register.

An introduction to the skills and context of counselling

Duration: 12 weeks (2.5 hours per session)

Academic Level: This course has been written at level 2 (think GCSE 9-4 OR A* – C)

Group size: 8 – 12 (Subject to COVID restrictions)

Who is it for?

The introductory course has been designed for those students interested in either:

    • Exploring the possibility of a career in professional counselling (this course doe not qualify you as a counsellor and will not lead to PSA registration without further training)
    • Adding evidence of listening skills to a CV
    • Enhancing a current role through the addition of listening skills

It is a gentle introduction to some of the foundation listening skills that professional counsellors use, in order to demonstrate their attentive and caring intention to the person speaking. We will also explore the context of counselling, distinguishing it from other listening activities and begin to learn about the incredibly rich and diverse cultures that exist within the world of counselling. Understanding the role of professional bodies in couselling and what it means to be a member of a PSA register are also subjects that we will cover.

As well as a look at skills and context, this course will also introduce the role of self-awareness in counselling by inviting students to consider their own intentions and how this influences our ability to listen fully. Some gentle self-awareness tasks are included,  and we enjoy working with colour, lines and shape in a series of creative tasks… time to embrace that inner child!

On completion of all units, students will be issued with a Level 2 Certificate and will be entitled to apply for the Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory to take the training to the next level.

This course consists of the following units:

    • Listening effectively
    • The Context of Counselling
    • The role of Self in Effective Listening

Additional reading lists and learning materials will be supplied.

 

Duration: 10 weeks (2 hours per session)

Attendance: Minimum attendance required for a pass: 11 weeks

Assessment: Assessment for this course includes written assignments, skills observations, and critical discussion

Additional: Recommended reading and weekly journal writing (recommended 3 hours per week)

Professionalism: Students at all levels and on all courses are required to hold a professional, respectful space. This includes being attentive, sensitive, organised and punctual. A more detailed learning contract will need to be signed.

Next intake: February 27th 2021

Fees for this course are:  £285 per learner

Payment options: There are no payment plans for this course

Being an introductory course, there are no formal entry requirements, just a willingness to learn, and a commitment to the process!

Whilst a perfect starting place for those interested in a career in counselling, this course represents the first stage of the full process.

With the ‘Introduction’ course in the bag, the second stage of training is the certificate in counselling skills and theory. 

A Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory

Duration: 35 weeks term-time only (4 hours per session)

Academic Level: This course has been written at level 3 (think A-levels)

Group size: 8 – 12 (Subject to COVID restrictions)

Who is it for?

The intermediate course has been designed for those students interested in:

    • Progressing further towards professional recognition as a professional counsellor (this course represents the second stage of training, but you will need a minimum level 4 diploma to register with a professional membership body)
    • Adding evidence of intermediate listening skills to a CV
    • Enhancing a current role through the addition of listening skills and theory

This qualification aims to introduce intermediate skills and build on learning from an introductory course. It also aims to provide learners with a historic overview of counselling theory, exploring the different approaches that have been developed over the years and understanding their contemporary relevance; further personal development activities are designed to stretch your understanding of self and on this course, we will also explore diversity and equality issues. There will an introduction to ethical practice and its relevance to counselling as a profession.

On completion of all units, students will be issued with a Level 3 Certificate and will be entitled to apply for the full Diploma in Integrated Relational Counselling to take the training to the next level.

This course consists of the following units

    • Developing intermediate listening skills

    • Theory and frameworks in therapy

    • Investigating ethics in counselling

    • Developing an awareness of self

 

Additional reading lists and learning materials will be supplied.

Duration: 35 weeks (4 hours per session)

Attendance: Minimum attendance required for a pass is 90%

Assessment: 3 x written assignments;  Multiple creative pieces with an reflective statements; skills observation

Additional: Recommended reading and weekly journal writing

Professionalism: Students at all levels and on all courses are required to hold a professional, respectful space. This includes being attentive, sensitive, organised and punctual. A more detailed learning contract will need to be signed.

Next intake: Planned for September 2021

Fees for this course are: TBC

Payment options:

TBC

A level 2 qualification in counselling OR a professional background in a helping role (eg. teaching; social work; nursing)

The ability to work at level 3 (A levels)

The ability to commit to the attendance and additional course requirements for the duration of the programme

Acceptance is subject to interview

This course represents the second stage of training but does not in itself constitute a full qualification in counselling. With the ‘Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory’ complete, the next stage of training would be to apply for and complete the Adv. Diploma in Integrated Relational Counselling.

It is important to note the following:

    • The Adv. Diploma is 2-year commitment that includes a 100 hours placement in addition to the stated attendance requirements
    • The Diploma includes a requirement that all trainees attend no less than 60 hours of personal therapy
    • Due to the nature of counsellor training, this course only accepts applicants aged 24 years and older
    • This is an incredibly rewarding, but demanding process that requires a professional level of commitment throughout the 2 years
    • Places on this course are subject to interview

Advanced Diploma in Integrated Relational Counselling

Duration: 2 years part-time, term-time only (5.5 hours per session)

Academic Level: This course has been written at level 5 (think HND / Foundation degree)

Group size: 8 – 12 

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.

Being an advanced diploma (level 5), we are able 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 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 as so personal development is also an integral part of the training process.

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.

On successful completion of this course, trainees will be trainees no more and would have met the current requirements for professional recognition in the UK.

This course consists of the following units

  • The process of therapy
  • Theory and framework in therapy
  • Towards an ethical, inclusive & diversity embracing practice
  • Engaging in counselling research
  • Self-awareness and personal development
  • Engaging in a supervised counselling Placement

Additional reading lists and learning materials will be supplied.

Duration: 2 years part-time (5.5 hours per session, 1 session per week term time only)

Attendance: Minimum attendance required for a pass is 90%

Assessment

Formal skills observations

Critical reflection 5000 words +/-10%

Written Assignment 7000 words +/-10% X 2

Written assignment 7500 words +/-10% X 2

A formal, recorded discussion

Group presentation to peers including notes and materials including a personal learning reflection of 500 words

Research proposal, including a statement of ethics 3000 words +/-10%

Creative work & reflective statements

Please note that being reflexive practitioners, we reserve the right to adapt or replace assessment methods when appropriate; criteria will not be changed.

Additional: Required reading and weekly journal writing, 60 hours of personal therapy over 2 years. A 100-hour clinical placement in year 2 PLUS a minimum of 2 hours of clinical supervision a month during the placement period.

Professionalism: Students at all levels and on all courses are required to hold a professional, respectful space. This includes being attentive, sensitive, organised and punctual. A more detailed learning contract will need to be signed.

Next intake: Planned for September 2021

Fees for this course are: TBC

Payment options:

TBC

As with any other training provider, we have bills to pay and so failure to pay fees will result in your registration being withdrawn.

A minimum level 3 qualification in counselling that has been delivered in a face to face (not online) format – this is non-negotiable

The ability to work at level 5 (Higher Diploma / Foundation degree)

The ability to commit to the attendance and additional course requirements for the duration of the programme

Acceptance is subject to interview AND an academic reference

It is important to note the following:

    • The Adv. Diploma is a 2-year commitment that includes a 100 hours placement in addition to the stated attendance requirements
    • The Diploma includes a requirement that all trainees attend no less than 60 hours of personal therapy
    • Due to the nature of counsellor training, this course only accepts applicants aged 24 years and older
    • This is an incredibly rewarding, but demanding process that requires a professional level of commitment throughout the 2 years
    • Due to the work done with vulnerable people in the second year, places on this course are subject to interview and references

This course represents the final stage of core training. With the ‘Advanced Diploma in Integrated Relational Counselling complete, you will have met the current membership requirements for professional bodies such as the National Counselling Society and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


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