How will I be taught?
This course will involve full learner participation and self-reflection. There will be discussions in small and large groups, group activities, role plays and triad work, followed by observer feedback. Students will also be involved in presentations to the class.
You must attend a minimum of 90% of the course in order to achieve the qualification.
With regard to the work placement, students need to complete at least 100 hours within a counselling agency over the full 2-year course to be fully qualified. Students will be given a "Fitness to Practice" assessment in Term 2 and once passed can start to secure their agency work placement. Kent Adult Education require all counselling agencies to provide trainees with a service framework that includes both a line manager and clinical supervision. CPCAB recommends that your agency provides appropriate clinical supervision to meet BACP supervision guidelines for trainees – currently a minimum of 1.5 hours individual supervision per month (or the equivalent if in group supervision) or 1 hour of supervision for every 8 hours of client work. In addition, you will require 30-50 hours group training supervision as part of the course. Please be aware that Kent Adult Education will not be able to pay for your supervision. Students are also responsible for finding their own placement. Progression to Year 2 is not possible without passing Year 1 and having a work placement arranged.
What do I need to bring with me?
A4 Ring binder, notebook and pen. You will have access to our Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which will provide in-depth course information so access to a computer is essential.
What can I do next?
Following successful completion of this course, you may progress onto the CPCAB's:
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PC-L5) or
Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CBT-L5) or
A Foundation Degree in Counselling.
And, following at least one year (part time) of post clinical experience, the CPCAB's:
Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision (TCSU-L6).
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 current Level 3 students with Kent Adult Education your tutor will need to approve your application for Level 4 and will provide you with a letter as proof of approval.
All applicants need to complete an online application form - available at this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Counselling19-20 and then contact our centre to put your name on the list for an interview.
On receipt of your completed application, if you meet requirements, we will confirm arrangements for your interview with the course tutors. 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 at interview and it is a chance for you to ask questions about the heavy educational, financial and personal commitment involved in this course.
If you are new to Kent Adult Education you will be expected to present your Level 3 Certificate and your portfolio, and we will seek a reference from your Level 3 tutor as to your suitability for Level 4. Please note that we do give priority to Kent Adult Education students who are progressing to the next level of their studies.
Please note, that fees are payable for each academic year of this two-year course so the fees shown are for the first year only and a similar, or slightly increased rate of fees will be due for Year 2. There is no automatic right to join a Year 2 course as this is based on performance in Year 1. There is no opportunity to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan for this course. Students can spread the cost with our Easy Payment Plan.