Why do you take direct entry and the colleges and other training providers insist you work your way up the levels?
We attract professionals such as nurses, teachers, social workers and other health and social care professionals who have a vast amount of knowledge and experience to bring to the profession. In addition we acknowledge your life experience, your self awareness and any previous academic study.
It is not just your academic or professional knowledge that makes you an excellent therapist but your humanness, your realness. We embrace and value the diversity within people and encourage those applying for our course to have some understanding of their identity and the fluidity this may take as you embark on your new profession.
Is the course professionally recognised?
This course meets the BACP training requirements to practice as a safe and ethical therapist in the UK and apply for BACP membership (MBACP). On completion of this course you can apply for BACP Individual Membership, you then have two years to complete the BACP’s Certificate of Proficiency. This is a free, online multiple choice ethical “test”, on passing you will then be able to apply for Registered member of the BACP.
You can find out more HERE on the BACP website about their different membership categories.
Can I apply to university on completion of this course?
This is our own syllabus based on many years of delivering BTEC and working in the health and social care field, therefore whilst this course meets the professional and ethical requirements needed to practice therapy in the UK it does not have the credit value associated with academic courses such as those on the RQF and QCF frameworks.
It’s important to recognise within yourself where you want to take your professional career; down the academic route or down the experiential route. Both have value and they will take you on different paths. Therefore whilst this course will allow you to find work and set up in private practice in the UK, it may not give you the stepping stone to higher education such as only doing a two year “top up” degree instead of the standard three years.
What happens if I need to take a break during my studies?
We recognise that life can take over at times and sometimes you may need to pause your studies. We are supportive of self responsibility and self care. We will allow you to pause your studies for up to one year and join a new intake within that one year period.
NB that you will be starting the course over, with a new group and potentially a new tutor. Any previously passed assignments and client hours will still stand and can be transferred over to your new intake.
You will still be required to meet your financial commitments as previously agreed to by signing our financial agreement.
What happens if I am poorly or a miss a session?
Again, we know that life happens, your tutor and your group will guide you in getting caught up.
Where do I find a counselling placement?
We will guide you and advise of the best counselling placements available. We are well established in Lincoln and most of our students are successful in securing placements within and outside of Supporting Minds. As you can imagine Covid has had an impact on placement providers being able to offer placement opportunities at this time, we know how frustrating this is and can offer reassurance that we can extend final deadlines to ensure you meet the course and BACP requirements for client hours.