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Q. Who can I contact?

A. The Training Administrator is your first point of contact for enquiries, essay hand ins, extensions to essay deadlines, change of supervisor etc.

The Training Manager oversees student enquiries regarding placements, therapists, and office management duties.

Q. What does BACP accredited centre mean?

A. St Albans, Luton and Bedford provide training courses. Each centre is accredited with BACP.

If Our Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are completed within our centres students will be eligible to apply for personal accreditation from the BACP under 4.1 route.

If the Diploma (without the Advanced Diploma) is completed the student would only receive personal accreditation if you prove you have done the additional theory, skills and personal development through route 4.2.

You need to log onto the BACP website and download a copy of the Counsellor/Psychotherapist Accreditation Scheme and follow the guidelines within.

Q. I want to train as a Counsellor and I am not sure what course I should take?

A. If you have decided to train as a Counsellor we offer psychodynamic courses from the Foundation Certificate through to Advanced Certificate. This will qualify you as a BACP accredited counsellor.

If you are uncertain if the career is for you we advise that you take the Introduction Course over 6 weeks (part time). This will give you an insight into what counselling is about, the theory behind the different modalities and an overview into CBT. There are no assignments set for this course and we run two per term at our site in Luton and St Albans. This is an excellent course to begin building your listening and conversational skills. You do not have to have completed the Introduction Course before you start the Foundation Course. Cost: £225 and bookable here.

Foundation Certificate – this is a 1 year part time course starting September

We run various times, day or evenings at Luton and St Albans. This course requires an application form to be submitted before September and you may be asked to attend interview.
There is currently no funding available towards costs of this course.

Who is it for?

The Foundation Certificate is typically taken by people who want have an element of counselling required as part of their current job eg school support staff/pastoral care or working in a counselling agency. Or it is taken as the first course in building a career as a counsellor.
Cost £1550 for 1 year course.
A Foundation Certificate course lasts for 33 weeks and follows the school terms.

Students will complete two assignments during the year and take part in experiential work.
This course is required (or similar) before students can progress to the Diploma Courses and will need to have satisfactorily completed personal development and assignments.

Diploma  – 2 year part time course starting September
Cost £3,250 per year.

Additional requirements:
Acceptance based on completing the Foundation Certificate (or similar course), completing two interviews and tutor feedback.

Students must be in therapy at least once a week throughout the course. It is a requirement to be in therapy for 3 months or more before a student may see clients on their placement.

Students must have a placement to see clients in term 2. Some placements are offered from the Counselling Foundation however you are not guaranteed a place. We work with other agencies that provide placements and will signpost you to them if accepted onto the course. Please note late applicants may find it difficult to secure a placement so it is advisable to apply early for our courses. Students must make every effort to secure a placement opportunity and must be working with clients over the age of 18 years.

Q. Do you hold an Open Day?

A. Open day will be held on Saturday 11th June and Saturday 18th June.  Register your interest on our Get in Touch form.  This will be held at St Albans Training Centre.  Enrolment will be open until the end of August for courses starting in September 2016.

Q. What happens if I find a placement opportunity but it is not on the Training Centre list?

A. All new placements found must be visited by a senior member of staff. In the first instance you must contact the Programme Tutor. The placement must be able to offer supervision, working with clients over the age of 18 years and able to complete a mid-year and end of year report. Students may be asked to pay supervision and report costs.

Q. What should I do if I want to change my supervisor or therapist?

A. Students must contact the Programme Tutor to request a change and follow the procedure detailed in the student area on the website.

Q. What should I do if I am offered a place on the course but want to defer for a year?

A. You will be asked to complete a deferment form which will hold your place open until the following year. You will not be asked to attend two interviews or pay the registration fee a second time.

Q. What funding is available for courses?

A. Funding can be applied for on the Diploma or Advanced Diploma Courses. No Government funding is available for the Foundation Certificate or short courses. We do however give students a payment option on the Foundation Certificate to spread the cost.

We work with the PCDL which is a government agency for funding students. https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview

We need to give the PCDL notice in July of students that would like to apply for funding therefore we need your application to be at the office by the first week of July with a letter from you stating that you would like to be put forward to the PCDL.

You also have the opportunity to apply for the bursary that is available for students on the Diploma course and above and need to apply to us for this by end of August. Please note these are restricted to those in most need.

Bursaries may be available which can be viewed on our funding page

Please see further funding options here.

Q. How do you help people with young families or working?

A. All of our courses follow the Hertfordshire County Council school holiday timetable.  Our courses are part time and available during the day or in the evening to give you flexibility choosing a  convenient time.  Additional student events are held on Saturday and you are given these dates well in advance but attendance on Saturday is not mandatory.

Q. Is there parking on site?

A. Unfortunately we are not able to offer car parking to students on site.  St Albans  Training centre nearest car park is Gombards or Russell Street (5 minute walk).  Evening courses start at 6.40pm to allow free car parking. For more information how to get to our locations, please click here and scroll down to the “finding us” section. Please note that St Albans, Stevenage and Luton do have stairs to the training centre.