Our Diploma course is accredited by the National Counselling Society and, at the discretion of the Society, is a route onto a national register of counsellors which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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.
The Diploma Level lasts a minimum of twenty months (maximum 30 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 a practising Member of the Foundation.
A Practising Member has to obtain professional indemnity, malpractice and public liability insurance, and must have a supervisor who holds the Foundation’s Advanced Diploma. He/she must also commit to continual professional development.
The programme for the Diploma Level for 2017-2018 can be found here.
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