Stage 2 Diploma Level


Our Diploma Level (Stage 2) is recognised by the National Counselling Society (equivalent Ofqual level 4). Completion of this level allows students to begin to practise under supervision and to work towards our Advanced Diploma (Stage 3).  The Advanced Diploma is accredited by the NCS 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.

Our training is externally verified: “There is a clear pathway to development from the Foundation Level to Advanced Diploma. The assessment process at each level ensures that Learners and Trainees are engaging in a programme of learning that is fit for purpose, and results in graduating trainees who are fit to practice. In addition, the programme of learning meets the demands of Ofqual and reflects Level Descriptors for each of the three levels
It is essential to record that the quality of teaching and students’ engagement with the teaching and learning process is exemplary.”  (Dr Phillip Rees, External Verifier, October 2018)

Upon completion of the Foundation Level, continuing students are assigned a mentor who is an experienced Counsellor, to assist and support them through the rest of their training.  Student members are not allowed to practise in the name of the Foundation for Emotional Therapeutic Counselling.

Stage 2 Diploma Level lasts a minimum of twenty months (maximum 40 months), and consists of a number of study days and workshops, which are designed to prepare the student to begin practising under supervision.  Students are expected to produce summaries of these days for their working record.  During this time, students will be required to undergo personal therapy and the duration of this will depend very much on each individual.  As part of their personal development they are also expected to read relevant literature from the mandatory reading list and show evidence of this and their understanding of the content.

Upon completion of all the study days and workshops, and when the student and their mentor feel that he/she is ready, the student can be invited to attend an assessment during which they are presented with a number of case studies and examined on how they would approach them using the techniques of Emotional Therapeutic Counselling. At least one of the assessors involved is unfamiliar to the student.  Participation in assessment does not mean automatic acceptance, but if the assessors feel that the student is ready, he or she will be awarded the Foundation’s Diploma and be invited to become an Associated Member of the Foundation and will be assigned a supervisor.

In order to practice, the student has to obtain professional indemnity, malpractice and public liability insurance, and must have a supervisor who holds the Foundation’s  Stage 3 Advanced Diploma.  He/she must also commit to continual professional development.

The programme for the Stage 2 Diploma Level for 2019 can be found here.  The cost for the Stage 2 Diploma level from March 2019 is £2640.00.  This includes all workshops and study days, mentoring, marking of work, assessment and certification.

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