Mindspace Counselling CPCAB Training

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CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Course Length:

2 Years

Course Price:

£2,315 per year

Course Timings:

Three sessions a month 9:30am-4:45pm

Course Location:

In-person (Basingstoke)

Start/End Date:

Sept 2024 to July 2026

Awarding Body:


Groups (Choose one):

Thursday Group - First Three Thursdays of each Month
Friday Group - First Three Fridays of each Month

Essential Course Information:

Course Summary

This two-year part-time qualification gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context. This qualification is designed to lead to an employed or voluntary role in a counselling agency in both health care and non-medical settings. Successful completion of this course means you will be able to provide a therapeutic counselling service – initially within the context of an agency’s service framework but later (by completing the CPCAB Level 5 Diploma or its equivalent) students may progress to independent practice.

Topics Covered

By the end of the course, candidates shall have greater awareness, understanding and skills in enabling them to:

- Work ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor
- Work within a counselling relationship
- Work with client diversity in counselling work
- Work within a user-centred approach to counselling
- Work with self-awareness in the counselling process
- Work within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills
- Work self-reflectively as a counsellor

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for this course, you must have already completed (or be due to complete) both a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (or their equivalent). Students must also be aged 19 or over.

Assessment Process

Students will be assessed through a variety of methods, including:

- Written work (including essays, reflective journals and case studies)
- Tutor and peer observations of skills practice sessions
- Group presentations
- Reports from clinical supervisors and placement managers
- An externally assessed case study assignment

Additional Course Requirements

In addition to attending the course, students will be required to fulfil the following requirements (which are financed by the student):

- Engage with 60hrs of personal therapy with a Mindspace approved therapist (over the two years)
- Secure a voluntary counselling placement and facilitate 100hrs of counselling
- Engage in clinical supervision once in placement, in line with BACP's ethical guidelines (including a compulsory 1hr session of 1-1 supervision per month)
- Take out a professional indemnity insurance policy whilst in placement
- Hold student membership with BACP for the entire duration of the course

Theoretical Orientation

Our Level 4 Diploma is based in Clarkson's (2003) Five Relationship Model of Integration, which acts as a framework to integrate several approaches to counselling. The main modalities referenced on this course are Person-Centred Therapy, Contemporary Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Transactional Analysis.

Further Training

On completion of the Level 4 Diploma, students will be eligible to apply for the following courses currently delivered at our centre:

- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
- Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling

How to Apply

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