Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4)
This qualification is intended for candidates who want to train to become a counsellor working in a counselling service agency. Successful completion of this course means that the trainees will be able to provide a therapeutic counselling service within the context of an agency's service framework.
Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision (TCSU-L6)
This qualification is for experienced counsellors who want to learn the skills of supervision to supervise counsellors working at service levels A and B.1 Participants will need to:
The new Accredited Voluntary Registration (AVR) scheme for health care professions was launched by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) at the end of 2012. This scheme includes counselling and psychotherapy and replaces all former plans for statutory regulation by the Health Professional Council (HPC). See our FAQs for answers to questions relating to the new AVR scheme.
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The structure and content of CPCAB qualifications are based on a model of practitioner development and proficiency. The model has been developed through a process of educational design research over a twenty year period with respect to thousands of courses at hundreds of training centres.
CPCAB, in partnership with the Open University, has developed a Foundation Degree in Counselling. The degree combines CPCAB’s expertise and specialist knowledge of the field with the Open University’s expertise and experience in delivering flexible learning.
The Foundation Degree requires candidates to complete 240 credits in total. This is made up of 150 credits derived from CPCAB work-based qualifications delivered in Further Education Colleges or in private training centres:
and 90 credit points from Open University knowledge-based modules.
The entry requirements for the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma are:
In addition to these academic qualifications applicants for the diploma will need to demonstrate some knowledge of counselling agencies, growing self awareness and ability to skilfully form a helping relationship. See the TC-L4 Qualification Document for full guidance to entry.
It is important to note that progression on to the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma is not an automatic process and is dependent upon a successful interview with the training provider.
The 90 credits from the OU knowledge-based modules are gained from:
DSE 212 Exploring psychology (60 credits)
ED 209 Child development (60 credits)
K225 Diverse perspectives on mental health (30 credits)
K272 Challenging ideas in mental health (30 credits)
K260 Death and dying (30 credits)
SDK228 The science of the mind: investigating mental health (30 credits)
The work based and the knowledge based components must be taken after the candidate has completed TC-L4. Candidates must start with D240 Counselling: exploring fear and sadness but then they are free to complete their choice of OU modules in any order.
Read CPCAB's answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Foundation Degree.
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