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Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB Level 4 - Year 1 - Integrative with Gestalt Focus

Day of week:
Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury
Level 4
09:30 - 15:30
35 weeks

This course is currently full and online booking is not possible. Please call 03000 41 22 22* to put your name on a waiting list and register your interest. We will then contact you directly if we can accommodate you.

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) This is year one of a two year course.
This course will be taught in the Canterbury centre, but should the Government impose restrictions we would revert to online, which has been very successful.
This qualification will give you the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context.
On completion of this 2 year course, you will gain a diploma in integrative counselling. For the first year and a half (up to and including the external exam), you will learn in depth about relational gestalt theory and practice. Gestalt is a very experiential approach which looks at the whole client in the here and now. A gestalt therapist might notice how the client holds his/her body. Creative work is encouraged. Interventions such as the empty chair technique can be hugely impactful. Underpinning all this will be a strong therapeutic relationship of trust.
You will strengthen your knowledge of ethical boundaries and the BACP ethical framework.
You will develop a profound understanding and experience of counselling supervision through working as a trainee counsellor in the community within a counselling placement.
A deeper exploration of developing your own self-awareness is an important part of the course. For example
How do you relate to others?
• What do you need to develop within yourself that will enable you to develop the capacity to therapeutically engage with clients?
• What barriers do you hold that serve to reduce your ability to hold and contain a client's emotional pain?
• Explore and challenge your own issues, fears and prejudices in order to work with client diversity.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Hilary McNair

Hilary’s passion for counselling has led her to qualify in this subject at honours degree level. Her ten plus years of counselling experience has included building up a private practice where she sees individuals and couples for a wide variety of issues and has previously worked with women affected by domestic abuse. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is also qualified to counsel children and young people. Hilary holds a diploma in Counselling Supervision, which she draws upon to supervise other practising counsellors.

Her approach is integrative and relational. She has a special interest in gestalt theory, working with PTSD and in working with spirituality in the counselling room. You can find out more about her work here: Hilary has over 30 years of teaching experience in a mixture of primary and adult education. She holds an honours degree in Education. She passionately enjoys creatively planning and delivering courses and has done this for a variety of organisations. She endeavours to make the
delivery as experiential and exciting as possible. Her love of coming alongside people in their personal development is a highly motivating factor in both her counselling and her teaching. She sees relationship as being at the heart of both aspects of her work.

View all courses taught by Hilary McNair here

How will I be taught?

You will be assessed using various means including written assignments, a weekly reflective journal, presentations and observed practice.
You will be given a Fitness to Practice assessment at the end of year one, and once passed, you will then be responsible for applying to your chosen counselling agency for a placement. You will need to complete 100 hours by the end of year 2 to be fully qualified. Kent Adult Education requires all agencies to provide you with a service framework which includes clinical supervision that meets the BACP guidelines for counsellors in training, and line management. CPCAB requires you to have 1.5 hours a month of individual (or group) supervision or 1-hour supervision per 8 hours of client work. In addition, you will require 30-50 hours of group training supervision as part of the course. You will need to pass year 1 before going on to year 2.

In addition, you need to commit to attending and funding at least 30 hours of personal therapy during the 2-year course.

You must attend 90% of the qualification in order to achieve the qualification.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need a notebook and pens along with access to a computer/ laptop that has Word, and a camera.

What do I need to join the course

You will already hold Counselling Skills CPCAB Level 2 and Counselling Studies Certificate Level 3 or their equivalents.
If you are a Kent Adult Education student you will need to provide evidence of approval from your Level 3 tutor that you are in the right place educationally and emotionally to continue onto Level 4.
Complete the online application form at the following link:

On receipt of your completed application, if you meet requirements, we will arrange for you to have an interview with the course tutors and will contact you by email about this. You provide evidence of your tutor approval at this point. At interview you will be expected to present your Level 3 Certificate and we will seek a reference from your Level 3 tutor.
The interview will involve a discussion with the tutors about the content and level of the course to ensure it is suitable for you. It is recommended that you don't enrol if you have undergone a life-changing experience during the last 12 months. Your emotional stability will be discussed and it is a chance for you to ask questions about the heavy commitment involved in this course.

Please note, there is no opportunity to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan for this course. You can however, spread the cost with our Easy Payment Plan – ask for details or go to our website

Getting to your course

Find us

Canterbury Adult Education Centre
Canterbury High School
Knight Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code CAN/107035/K/NC.