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Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling

Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling

This BACP and UKCP dual accredited course uniquely prepares individuals to work both in private practice and agency settings

The training focuses on the counselling relationship and the self-development of the counsellor in preparation for the intensity and complexity of working at relational depth, whether in time-limited or longer term work.

Location: BCPC, Bath
Course Length: 3 Years
Course Fees: £6900 over 3 years (installment option available)
Additional Costs: Weekly therapy (£35-50 for a minimum of 35 sessions each academic year)
Start Date: 11 September 2017
Detailed Dates and Fees: Course Information Sheet
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Introduction Introduction

Students are taught using experiential learning methods, combined with core readings and handouts which provide explanation of theoretical concepts. The aim is to bring the concepts to life and enhance self-awareness through self-reflection. Students engage with agency placements, regular supervision and individual weekly counselling or psychotherapy. In the second year of the diploma, students begin in private practice with the support of tutors and supervisors.

Our theoretical approach integrates concepts and ways of working from Humanistic and Psychodynamic traditions. We draw on the work of Klein, Winnicott, Bowlby, Jung, Erikson, Stern, Lowen and Rogers, as well as more recent theorists from Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Attachment and Body Process theory.

Course Structure Course Structure

The course is taught one day a week over two academic years, with up to a further year of supervised practice while preparing the diploma submission papers.

We require students to be in individual counselling or psychotherapy at least weekly, with a practitioner on the BCPC Approved Lists, throughout the course and up to completion, the cost of which is not included in the tuition fees. Students are also required to keep a journal and complete several pieces of academic writing.

Skills practice places emphasis on the experience of an authentic relationship between counsellor and client. This is developed through group and individual feedback processes. Trainees will learn skills of self-reflection and an awareness of personal, interpersonal and group process.

Individuals admitted onto this programme embark on a thorough and in depth training that involves:

  • BCPC approved agency placements
  • Regular supervision
  • Experientially taught seminars
  • Practical application groups
  • Skills practice
  • Supervision groups
  • Critiquing taped sessions
  • Writing self-assessments
  • Writing academic essays

Curriculum Curriculum

Diploma Year 1

Length of stage: one academic year (34 day-long meetings)

In the first year, students work with clients in agency placements where they receive regular supervision. Students are ordinarily expected to complete approximately 50 hours of supervised counselling within the placement. In addition to this, students meet for experientially taught theoretical seminars, business meetings and check-ins, skills practice, practical application groups, “open” groups, and tutorials. Opportunities are given each week for students to process the emotional impact of the training.

Each student receives three tutorials (two of 25 minutes and one of 50 minutes), which take place outside of designated course time.

Students are expected to support their learning by reading all set books for the stage as well as a selection from a broader reading list. We recommend allowing four hours per week for such study.

Diploma Year 2

Length of stage: one academic year (34 day-long meetings)

The training in the second year continues to integrate theory, practice and self-reflection. There is particular emphasis on finding ways of working at relational depth in short-term contracts, enabling students to find appropriate work in organisational settings. Students continue to gain counselling experience in the agency placement and in the second or third term of this year must attend fortnightly supervision (not included in course fees). Once sufficiently prepared via this process they may begin to take on private clients with the support of their tutors and supervisors.

The course meets for seminars, supervision groups, business meetings, and “open” groups where the emotional impact of the training is given space for exploration and expression. Each student receives three 50-minute tutorials during the year, which take place outside of designated course time.

Reading for this stage is a combination of the set books for Year 2 and a student's own developing interests in line with their dissertation. We recommend allowing six hours per week for study.

Diploma Year 3

Length of stage: up to one year (no formal tuition days or tuition fees)

During this stage students have up to one year to submit their papers for the diploma. Tutors continue to support the students while they continue in personal counselling or psychotherapy, supervision and tutorials. Submission papers for the diploma consist of a dissertation, case study and self-assessment, evidence of 150 supervised counselling hours and 50 hours of work-based learning, verification of personal therapy, and tutor, peer and supervisor's reports.

How to Apply How to Apply

Below is a brief guide on how to apply. For detailed information, especially concerning application deadlines, interview dates and course dates, please download the Course Information Sheet via the link at the top of this page.

Once you have submitted your application you will get an acknowledgement email to confirm that it was successfully received. If you have any questions about the process or the application form please contact admin@bcpc.org.uk or telephone 01225 429 720. Please remember to send your application fee.

External applicants

Please apply online. If you prefer, you can download an external application form. Please note we charge a £37 non-refundable application fee and this should be sent immediately after your online application or with your paper application form.

Two references, submitted on BCPC reference forms are required. This should be one from a previous tutor and one personal and cannot be from a family member or therapist. Please send the reference form to your chosen referees and ask them to return them to the BCPC Office as soon as possible. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of their applications.

Internal applicants

This is people who have completed our Foundation Certificate and are applying to our psychotherapy or counselling diploma. Please download the internal application form. Please note we charge a £37 non-refundable application fee and this should be sent immediately after your online application or with your paper application form.

Two references are required; one from your current Foundation tutor (please let him/her know about your application) and one from a person other than either of your referees for Foundation. Please send this person the reference form and ask him/her to return it to the BCPC Office as soon as possible. 

Interviews

Our interview days are structured as a workshop-style experience. Applicants will be short-listed for interview on the basis of their applications.

Job Prospects Job Prospects

We like to keep apace with what our graduates are doing and so we send out an annual survey. This shows that many of our graduates work in agency settings - some of which are offered to them as students - in primary care/G.P surgeries, University counselling services and private practice. Graduates also go on to specialise and take post graduate courses in work with young people, couples, or in specialist approaches to trauma such as EMDR.

APL Link with Bath Spa University

BCPC graduates may approach Bath Spa University to study for an MA in Counselling Practice. The BCPC Diploma carries 90 credits towards this. Find out more about the Bath Spa University professional masters programme.

Entry Requirements Entry Requirements

Interested in applying for our Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling? Visit our Entry Requirements page to find out more.

Testimonials

I initially chose BCPC for its ease of access and the 'experiential' method of instruction. I believed BCPC would simply make me into a counsellor. After huge shifts within me during my four years with BCPC to obtain my counselling diploma, I now realise how naive I was at the outset. BCPC provided an experiential vehicle for my journey to the real me. Clichés aside, I believe I owe BCPC my self. I found my self, I recognise my self, I value my self, I like or, dare I now say, love my self. The humanistic experience that BCPC gave me has been my true support in both my personal and professional life. I can, without reservation, recommend the BCPC training as being well rounded and supportive, and very worthwhile personally and professionally..

Diane, Counselling Graduate 2009​

BCPC has provided me with an enriching environment of support and challenge. As a result, I feel I've become a skilled and reflective practitioner. The mixture of in-depth theory, experiential learning and personal therapy throughout, sets this apart from other training courses. More than becoming a counsellor, the training has been a journey towards finding myself. I feel this is key to working at depth with clients. I'm now nearing the end of my training at BCPC and have many unforgettable memories of my time here..

Vicky, Year 3 Submission, Counselling Diploma

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Meet the Tutors

  • Sarah Wooster
    Sarah Wooster
    Lead Tutor

    Dip HIP, MA HIPMBACP (Accred), Cert. in Supervision, CSTD.

  • Amanda Hawking
    Amanda Hawking

    MA, BA (Hons), Dip HIC, MBACP (Accred).

  • Justine McCarthy
    Justine McCarthy

    PhD, MA IP, Dip IC, MA, BA, UKCP Reg

  • Nick Medhurst
    Nick Medhurst

    BSc (Hons), Dip HIC, MBACP (Accredited)

  • Gemma Mason
    Gemma Mason

    DipCOT, BACP, PTSTA, UKCP Reg

  • Jack Rochon
    Jack Rochon

    Dip, MA Couns (UWE) MA Supervision, MBACP (Accred).

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