Counselling Training

Starting in Lincoln on Thursday 30 January 2020 and Cardiff on Friday 17 January 2020

We are launching a brand new level 5 Professional Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy for 2020.

With a combined experience, within our team, of over 40 years in the talking therapy world we have seen counselling trends come and go and understand the value and importance of those elements that stay constant.

We have wanted to share our own personal and professional knowledge and expertise on embracing humanity, creativity and profound healing for a long time. Writing our own syllabus has afforded us the freedom to do just that, whilst understanding and adhering to the professional standards of quality assurance needed for counselling based qualifications. Our own syllabus is the perfect blend of theoretical and practical based learning whilst providing you with an in depth knowledge to empower, heal and transform your clients lives.

You will be taken on a journey of self discovery that will be deeply healing, raw and challenging on a soul level whilst equipping you for the realities of working in the counselling and psychotherapy profession. We believe that you must be comfortable sitting in your own darkness, before you can sit in the darkness with others. Therefore, you will need to have a good level of self awareness, open mindedness and resilience to undertake this training.

This 1 year course, will be delivered one day a week, during term time and meets the BACP membership requirements. A 100 hour supervised, placement is an integral part of the course. As is 15 hours of personal therapy.

We will explore;

Person centred approaches to counselling
Counselling skills development
Human development
Grief & loss
Abuse & trauma
Creative ways of working with clients
Personal development
Reconnecting & healing the inner child
Identity
Next steps post qualification

Assessment

Assessment will take the form of written assignments, group & individual presentations, practical demonstrations of your counselling skills, journaling and creative projects. There are no exams.

Counselling Placement

To successfully complete the course you will need to complete 100 hours of counselling practice with clients over two years.

There are a variety of counselling providers in and around Lincoln that you may be able to secure suitable placements with and we will always guide you with where to find them and what kind of clients they work with.

Supporting Minds may provide you with a placement working with 5 year olds and over for a wide range of conditions. We are a unique service in the sense that we forgo tools and techniques in the counselling room in favour of the human connection, exploring the client as a whole being and working with the client to get to the root cause of their distress. We do not limit the number of sessions that an individual can attend and therefore we can have clients that stay for 6 sessions and some that have over 50 sessions.

Counselling Supervision

It is a requirement that all counsellors and therefore student counsellors have regular supervision when working with clients. This ensures your safety, the client’s safety and aids to develop your skills and knowledge.

Supervision will be at the ratio of 1 hour of supervision, for every 8 client hours.

If you choose to have a placement with Supporting Minds we will offer you supervision within our service. We ask for a £25 contribution from you and we will cover the remaining cost through the £10 client contributions. You will also be able to bring any client work from other placements if you are not provided with a supervisor through them.

You may choose to seek out your own, external supervisor and we will guide you on doing so, if needed.

Personal Therapy

Due to the heavy emphasis of personal development on this course, we have a mandatory 15 hours of personal therapy as an intrinsic part of this course. We believe that we have to become comfortable with sitting in our own darkness, before we can sit in the darkness of others. It also provides you with the opportunity to find out more about yourself, uncover the ‘real’ you. This is something that is invaluable and will support the heavy emphasis on self reflection throughout the course.

Supporting Minds will support you in finding a suitable counsellor if need be. The cost of counselling starts from £35 an hour.

Professional Recognition

This course meets the entry requirements for BACP membership. On commencement of the course we will provide you with the relevant documentation to apply for membership.

The course also meets the proposed SCoPED requirements.

Job Opportunities

It is important to recognise that traditional fulltime, 9-5 jobs in the therapy world are much harder to come by than in other professions.

However, what this means is you have the creativity and freedom to truly create the career of your dreams, doing exactly what you love.

This qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge to apply for counselling jobs within organisations such as the NHS, charities and not for profits. It will also provide you with a safe and secure basis and the confidence to set up in private practice and start making your dream job a reality.

Entry Requirements

This is a direct entry course, therefore you do not need to have studied the lower level counselling qualifications.

All learners must be aged 18 and over and will be assessed individually to determine their suitability to undertake foundation degree level learning and their ability to undergo the personal, transformative nature of the course.

You will be taken on a journey of self discovery that will be deeply healing, raw and challenging on a soul level whilst equipping you for the realities of working in the counselling and psychotherapy profession. Therefore, you will need to have a good level of self awareness, open mindedness and resilience to undertake this training.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

For the first time at SM we are offering this course as a purely experiential learning opportunity, meaning you can attend this course for your own personal or professional CPD requirements without completing the assessments and 100 hour client placement.

This is a valuable opportunity if you are already a qualified therapist and want to enhance your skill set, refresh your memory of relevant theoretical application and receive a certificate of attendance for an in depth 240 hour, CPD course. Alternatively you may have a passion for the syllabus but do not want to work as a therapist.

You will form part of the group and your full attendance is required, as is your full participation. You will need to have a good level of self awareness, open mindedness and resilience to undertake this training.

If you choose to study in this way, you will not be eligible to qualify and work as a counsellor or apply for professional body membership, such as the BACP. However, you can choose to ‘top up’ your qualification at any time and complete the assessments and 100 hour placement to qualify as a therapist. The 15 hours personal therapy, will remain a mandatory component, even if you choose not to ‘top up’.

Your acceptance onto this course will be assessed individually. We want to ensure this is an enjoyable, albeit emotionally challenging course and that although you are not completing the assessments that you can contribute to group work, discussion and group processing. It is important to note that this course, is not a replacement for therapy and will still challenge you academically as well as emotionally.

The cost of studying in this way is £4000.

£600 deposit, required to secure your place on the course. NB the deposit is non refundable.

12 monthly payments of £283.33

Top up cost: £2000 and monthly repayments are also available.

NB that should you choose to leave the course before completion you will be still be required to pay for the course in full over the payment period. By paying the deposit you are in agreement to these terms.

Full Course Costs

Included in your fees;

  • Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling & Psychotherapy tuition.
  • Additional tutor support between sessions when needed.
  • Potential placement within Supporting Minds counselling service.
  • Enhanced DBS (formerly CRB).
  • Opportunities to join the SM Alumni.

£6000, monthly repayments available.

£700 deposit required to book your place on the course. Paying your deposit will secure your place on the course.

NB the deposit is non-refundable.

£6000, £700 deposit and then £220.83 monthly instalment for 24 months.

OR

£6000, £700 deposit and instalments spread over 12 months £441.67

OR

£6000, £700 deposit and instalments spread over 18 months £294.44.

First instalment to be paid on 28th day of the month before the course starts and on the 28th of every month until the full balance has been paid. For example payment due 28th December, for a January start date.

NB that should you choose to leave the course before completion you will be still be required to pay for the course in full over the payment period. By paying the deposit you are in agreement to these terms.

Course Duration


2 years, 10 weekends a year.

10 am- 4 pm each day, Saturday and Sunday

OR

2 years, roughly fortnightly to fit in with the academic calendar

10 am- 4 pm

OR

1 year, once a week to fit in with the academic calendar

10 am- 4 pm

We have intakes throughout the year; January, April and September. Student preference will dictate how we deliver the course, as above.

Full Financial Commitment

  • Cost of course: £6000
  • Supervision: 1:8 ratio (1 hour of supervision to 8 hours of counselling), no less than 1 1/2 hours a month to cover 100 hours. £35 per 1 1/2 session. £450
  • BACP Student Membership: £80 per year.
  • Insurance: £50ish a year.
    Howden’s, Holistic, Balens are good places to try for the most affordable rates.

Total for 1 & 2 year course: £6580
NB. Apart from the cost of the course the other figures may be subject to change depending on different providers changing their rates.

Time Commitment

Class time:
Two year, Sat and Sun once a month for 10 months a year- 12 hours per month.

OR

Two year, week day term time- dependant on time table to fit around academic holidays 6-18 hours per month.

OR

One year, week day 20 hours per month.

  • Client work: 2-3 hours per week on average, 8 hours per month based on 2 hours per week. NB for 1 year courses you will have 2 years to complete your client hours.
  • Supervision: 1 1/2 hour a month to start when client work commences.
  • Study time: Average 5-10 hours per week, 20 hours per month based on 5 hours per week.

Total (average) per month;
2 year course: 41 1/2 hours a month
1 year course: 49 1/2 hours a month

How to Pay


£700 deposit required to book your place on the course.

NB the deposit is non-refundable.

£6000, £700 deposit and then £220.83 monthly instalment for 24 months for 2 year courses.

OR

First installment to be paid on 1st day of the month the course starts (January, April or September) and on the 1st of every month until the full balance has been paid. NB that should you choose to leave the course before completion you will be still be required to pay for the course in full over the payment period. By paying the deposit you are in agreement to these terms.

Bank Transfer Details

Barclays Bank PLC
Supporting Minds CIC
Sort Code: 20 50 21
Account Number: 23 65 17 89

Application Process

We ask that you first follow the link below and complete the Archetypes quiz. Make sure you make a note of what Archetype you are, you will need this for the application form.

Email your application form back to joanne@supportingminds.com

It may be that you attend an open evening before you complete the application. However, we will need you to complete the application before we can offer you a place on the course.

Course Intakes

Lincoln. January 2020 1 Year. Applications now open.

Every Thursday, term time only. Starting 30 January 2020.

Cardiff. January 2020 1 Year. Applications now open.

Every Friday, term time only. Starting 17 January 2020.

Lincoln. April 2019 2 Year weekend. Applications now open.

Second weekend of each month (Sat & Sun). No lessons in Dec and Aug. Starting 11/ 12 April.

Lincoln & Cardiff. September 2020. Applications will open May 2020.

Location


Lincoln courses will be held at The Carlton Centre.

Cardiff courses will be held at C12 Cathedral Road.

Questions? Send us a message…