To achieve Stage 3 Advanced Diploma Level, practicing Emotional Therapeutic Counsellors are encouraged to build up case studies with the consent of their clients over a minimum period of two years (or 200 hours) of supervised practice. This can be in private practice or within an organisation. The therapist then presents three case studies together with a written reflective presentation, together with research into a special area of interest, to a Viva Board appointed by the Council.
Success at this stage leads to the counsellor being awarded the Foundation’s Advanced Diploma (Stage 3). He or she will continue to have a supervisor for guidance and support.
The Advanced Diploma is accredited by the National Counselling Society at equivalent Ofqual level 5 and, at the discretion of the Society, is a route onto a national register of counsellors which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority once the Advanced Diploma is achieved.
Stage 3 Advanced Diploma members may be invited to go on to train as a trainer for the Foundation and/or as a supervisor of other Emotional Therapeutic Counsellors.
Training to Stage 3 Advanced Diploma level involves not less than 550 working hours comprising approximately 208 contact hours, 142 assessed personal study hours (including personal therapy) and a minimum of 200 supervised client hours, which can be achieved in private practice and within an organisation.
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