Counselling Courses

Swarthmore offers a range of counselling courses which are awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). This is the only awarding body to specialise in the field of counselling. Swarthmore is also an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and works to their Ethical Framework as a training organisation. Swarthmore’s counselling courses allow students to follow a potential progression route beginning with the Introduction to Counselling Skills and ending with the Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Therapeutic Counselling, which enables successful Trainees to work as qualified Counsellors within counselling services. All theses courses are designed to develop students’ and Trainees’ counselling skills and practice. There is a focus on the application of the Person-Centred Approach to counselling which deepens through the progression of courses. They provide opportunities to enhance communication skills, self-awareness, understanding of relationships and mental health.
For further information visit CPCAB’s website: www.cpcab.co.uk).

Below is information on each counselling course. Some courses require previous experience, so please pay special attention to the level at which each course is aimed. The application process is outlined for each course.

Introduction To Counselling Skills (ICSK – L2)

For those who want to learn initial counselling skills to help others – either in a voluntary or an employed capacity. The skills taught and practiced may also be useful in personal relationships. The practical nature of the course helps develop students’ self-awareness. There is an emphasis on group work in which skills, ideas and personal reflections are discussed. It will help those wishing to find out more about the field of counselling. This course is assessed through evidencing of learning criteria within a student portfolio. Students can enrol directly onto the introductory courses at Reception (no application form is needed). Download more information in our Introduction to Counselling Skills Leaflet 2015

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Certificate In Counselling Skills – Level 2 (CSK–L2)

This qualification is for candidates who want to learn counselling skills to help and support others, either in a voluntary or employed capacity. The course is appropriate for the following:

  • Healthcare professionals, including nurses, doctors, occupational/speech therapists and physiotherapists.
  • Individuals working in social, community, prison, education or the ‘frontline’ services.
  • Individuals with an interest in developing counselling skills, and possibly developing a career in the field.

No previous training or experience is required; however we do recommend that applicants have completed an Introduction to Counselling Skills. This course is assessed through the evidencing of learning criteria within a student portfolio, and an external examination.

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Fees £725 includes Swarthmore membership and CPCAB registration costs.
For further information, please contact the course tutor:
Lynne Dowson (lynne.dowson@swarthmore.org.uk)

Level 3 And Level 4 Qualifications

If you are aged 24 or over you will be entitled to a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. You may also apply for a Personal Career Development loan. Please read the information in the application pack for more details.

Certificate In Counselling Studies – Level 3 (CST–L3)

This course is intended for candidates who want to take the next step in training towards becoming a qualified Counsellor. In addition it is suitable for those wishing to learn more about counselling theory and its application. The main model used is the Person-Centred Approach. There is a focus on the legal, ethical and procedural frameworks in which counselling agencies operate. This course is assessed through the evidencing of learning criteria within a student portfolio, and an external examination. Applicants for this course must have undertaken a counselling skills course at Certificate level – e.g. CPCAB’s Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK L2). Applicants may also apply with an equivalent course of at least 75 learning hours. Applicants should be at least 19 years of age.

…or  For further information , please contact : lynne.dowson@swarthmore.org.uk

Tel: 0113 243 7987 (counselling courses office).

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Fees £895 including Swarthmore membership and CPCAB registration costs.

Diploma In Person-centred Therapeutic Counselling – Level 4 (TC-L4)

This two-year professional qualification entitles successful Trainees to work as qualified Counsellors within a counselling service. Trainees undertake a fully supervised training placement within an approved counselling agency. The course enables Trainees to undertake the personal development needed to offer effective Person-Centred counselling. Ethical practice and the application of the Person-Centred Approach to an advanced level are key course components. Trainees are externally supervised to meet BACP requirements by members of Swarthmore’s Supervisors’ Bank, who are all qualified supervisors who have trained in the Person-Centred Approach. Trainees must also undertake a minimum 20 hours personal counselling during the course with a member of Swarthmore’s Counsellors’ Bank, who are also qualified Person-Centred Counsellors. At least 50 hours group supervision is also provided within the course. Those successfully completing this course are eligible for BACP membership and to undertake the BACP accreditation process. This course is assessed through the evidencing of learning criteria within a student portfolio, and an external examination. Applicants for this course must have completed both CPCAB’s Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK L2) and CPCAB’s Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST L3) or their equivalent.

Applicants should be at least 19 years of age.
For further information or an application form, please contact course tutors:
lynne.dowson@swarthmore.org.uk

To apply for this course download a L4 Diploma 2016 application form

Tel: 0113 243 7987 (counselling courses office).

Fees £4795 including Swarthmore membership and CPCAB registration costs. There is a compulsory residential in Year 1 included in the course fee. External supervision and personal counselling costs are not included in the course fee.