Diploma in Counselling (Part 2)


The History of Counselling

Modern psychological therapies trace their history back to the work of Sigmund Freud in Vienna in the 1880s. Trained as a neurologist, Freud entered private practice in 1886 and by 1896 had developed a method of working with hysterical patients which he called -psychoanalysis".

The 1940's and 1950's marked an important expansion in the field of counselling. The US psychologist Carl Rogers (influenced by Alfred Adler and Otto Rank, both of whom worked closely with Freud) established the person centred approach, which is at the heart of most current practice. The person centred approach is now listed under the 'humanistic' branch of psychotherapy.

Integrative Counselling

Integrative Counselling is not tied to any single therapy since its practitioners take the view that no one single approach works for every client in every situation. Each client"s problem is tackled systemically, typically in three or more stages, and the counsellor is obliged to be disciplined and thorough, but still flexible, in interacting with clients.

An overall structure is essential but is not slavishly followed since counselling is not a mechanical process. The therapy must fit the client, not vice versa.

Research indicates that the most probable factors determining a successful outcome to therapy are the personal qualities of both therapist and client and the relationship between them, rather than the particular approach used.

The CCTS Diploma in Integrative Counselling

This counselling course includes training in:

  • Professional and Organisational issues
  • Integrative Counselling skills and Theory inc. Couples Relationship Counselling
  • Life Span Psychology
  • Working within a Placement Setting

There is a rich blend of professional skills and theory that will allow counsellors to be able to work with a wide variety of individuals and groups, thus bringing additional expertise beneficial to many organisations involved in mental health and well being.

Full Module Details

  • Professional and Organisational Issues

The BACP framework for good practice will be explored in detailed with the key concepts of: confidentiality, referrals, contracting, professional conduct and responsibility, boundaries, client welfare, legal responsibilities, professional negligence and insurance against legal action, health and safety, counselling in a diverse society (race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation), power issues within the counselling process, being covered.

An exploration of the individual’s philosophical base and approach to counselling will be given time to evolve and explored through the discussion of clinical practice. Each session will cover a topic related to clinical counselling practice where vignettes of students client work will be used to further develop professional levels of competence. The areas being covered: the counsellor’s role, responsibilities and use of one to one supervision; case work management (eg notes, risk assessments); Evaluation of casework; working within a multidisciplinary team; beginning, middle and ends in counselling practice and ethical dilemmas.

  • Integrative Counselling Skills and Theory inc. Couples Relationship Counselling

Skills - Students will cover and further develop use of: rapport building, active listening, silence, reflecting content and feelings, paraphrasing and summarising, focusing and challenging and immediacy. With skills practice and feedback students will become more effective within a long term integrative counselling approach and the building of relational depth. This module is designed to give students the depth to work with distressed clients and at high intensity level. This module also covers how to effectively work with couples in a relationship counselling setting.

Theory - There will be an introduction to Egan’s Integrative model exploring an overview, history, philosophical underpinning and Concept of Self, Core condition and working alliance.

  • Life Span Psychology

This module will introduce 2 main theories of life span development Erikson's psycho-social crisis model and Levinson’s Seasons of a Man’s Life and critically evaluate them. Students will also explore motor and cognitive development, and landmarks of life such as adolescent identity, marriage, divorce, first child, aging and wisdom. The content of this module will relate to clients, where they are in their life and the presenting issue they bring. It will deepen the knowledge and give greater depth to work undertaken with client.

  • Working within a Placement Setting

This module sets out tasks to be undertaken whilst completing the 100 supervised client Placement hours, of which 3 clients should be seen for not less than 6 sessions. The aim is to develop a reflective practitioner who can use supervision appropriately, relate practice to theory, and show competency to practice.


11 December
7-8 January 2017
11-12 February
4-5 March
25-26 March
8-9 April
6-7 May
10-11 June
1-2 July
29-30 July

Timings: 10am - 5.30pm

Course Fees

The cost of this course is £2300 plus VAT, which is divided into a registration fee of £230, followed by 11 monthly payments of £230.

A 10% reduction is offered for paying in full prior to the start of the course.

To get your discounted place please continue with your booking and your registration payment will be included in your amended full payment discounted invoice.

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