More about the syllabus…

THEORETICAL APPROACH

This course is an integrative course and encompasses elements and theories from the rich tapestry that is the psychology and therapy world. We start off by building a strong Person Centred foundation before weaving in elements of Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Transactional Analysis.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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.

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.

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.

It is important to us that our assessments suit all learner styles and being a therapist is not about assignment writing however, it is about how you apply your academic knowledge to your client work and your humanness.

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.

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.

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.

FULL COURSE COSTS

Please note, there is no funding available for this course.

Included in your fees;

  • Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling & Psychotherapy tuition.
  • Additional tutor support between sessions when needed.
  • Enhanced DBS (formerly CRB).

£6200monthly 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.

£6200, £700 deposit and then £229.17 monthly instalment for 24 months.

OR

£6200, £700 deposit and instalments spread over 12 months £458.33

OR

£6200, £700 deposit and instalments spread over 18 months £305.55

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: £6200
  • 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.
  • Personal counselling: average £40 a session x 15. £600

Total for 1 & 2 year course: £7380


NB. Apart from the cost of the course the other figures may be subject to change depending on different providers changing their rates.

In addition there will be a list of mandatory books and some basic art supplies.

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 secure your place on the course.

NB the deposit is non-refundable.

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.

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 and we will be in touch to arrange an informal chat at a time that suits you.

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