This course is marked through a process of continuous assessment guided by your tutor following IQ (Industry Qualifications) guidelines. This means that your qualification will be awarded according to your performance on assessments rather than by taking an exam.
When you have completed the programme, your tutor needs to verify that you have worked through all parts of any Workbooks, Activities and Exercises successfully.
Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, a certificate of achievement will be awarded by IQ as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.
HOME STUDY RESOURCES
After completing this course you may well consider joining a professional body such as the Counselling Society, ISPC – International Society of Professional Counsellors - or the BACP. You can also apply for membership to 'Counselling' a registered charity and use the intials 'CCC' after your name. All these organisations have different levels of membership and different requirements for gaining membership. This can make it hard for us to give you a definitive answer on whether, after completing this course, you are guaranteed to gain membership. What we can tell you is that if you complete this course over two years, complete a supervised placement and gain practical experience through this course, it would be unlikely for you not to gain membership. In fact previous students have gone on to gain membership after this course. We can of course offer you advice and guidance on obtaining membership to a professional body once you have completed the course, and your tutor can provide written references to support your application.
We would strongly advises you to join the Counselling Society as it is the most forward thinking Counselling organisation in the UK.
As one of our students the cost is £20 per year and we send you the application form when you order your course.
Membership of the Counselling Society
They run a unique point based system which allows for the assessment of the personal qualities of candidates for membership.
The Counselling Society offers only one grade of membership- Accredited member (MCS Acc). To become an Accredited Member, you will need to be awarded 100 points from an overall framework of measures. Each applicant will also be examined closely for a balance of items and an overall understanding that you are safe, competent, and ethical to practise.
You will notice from the table (please see course brochure) that maximum limits are set on all assessment elements. That’s because, again, they feel that accreditation shouldn’t just be about quantity of work done. For example, 200 placement hours done badly for accreditation purposes are not as valuable to a counsellor (or their clients) as 50 hours done well.
We recommended you spend approximately 100 hours of your time studying for the Counselling & Psychotherapy course. The pace of study is completely up to you. To give an example, if you dedicate 2 hours a week to the course it would take you a year to complete but if you could spare 4 hours a week you could complete it in six months.
Get started today, and you can earn your Level 4 Award in Counselling & Psychotherapy in as little as six months, or take up to a year, if you prefer – the choice is yours.
HOME STUDY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
This is a Level Four course and as such will require students to have a good level of literacy and general education at least up to GCSE C grade. In other respects the course is open to any one with a genuine and positive attitude to the subject, and no prior knowledge is needed. The course could be particularly helpful for anyone working on a day-to-day basis with people such as Prison Officers, Health Workers, Care Workers, Police Officers and so on.
You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.
Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available, therefore the registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you. The enrolment fee for the Counselling & Psychotherapy home study course is £593.75, though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £475 which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.
You can also opt for our Easy Payment Plan and enrol online today by paying a deposit of £195 and then 4 equal payments of £99.68 per month. The first instalment is paid about a month after you receive your course.
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Level 4 Award in Counselling and Psychotherapy
At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by IQ (Industry Qualifications).
We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 4 on IQ's own Customised Qualification Framework (CQF) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.
The course has been developed by UK Distance Learning & Publishing and has been accredited and quality assured by IQ. IQ gives formal recognition to an organisation's bespoke courses through their Customised Qualifications Framework.
This course has been designed to meet specific learner requirements. Accreditation by IQ is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited by IQ.
Industry Qualifications is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland for their qualifications on the national framework ie the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework (QCF).
POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS
As a counsellor, you would give people time, attention and a safe, confidential environment to help them explore their feelings. People can seek counselling for many reasons, including relationship difficulties, bereavement, or wanting to improve the way they deal with everyday life. It would not be your job to advise your clients what to do, but instead you would encourage them to look at their options and find their own solutions for positive change. You would tend to use one particular theoretical approach to counselling, such as person-centred, humanistic or psychodynamic. You might work with clients with a wide range of issues, or specialise in an area such as eating disorders or addiction. Your work would involve: building a relationship of trust and respect with clients, agreeing on a 'counselling contract' to establish what will be covered in sessions, encouraging clients to talk about the feelings that have made them seek counselling, listening carefully, asking questions and clarifying your understanding of the client’s situation, empathising with the client’s issues, but challenging them when necessary, helping clients to see things more clearly or from different perspectives, referring clients to other sources of help if appropriate, attending regular sessions with your counselling supervisor and keeping confidential records. In most cases you would counsel clients face-to-face on a one-to-one basis, but you could also work with couples, families or groups, or counsel people over the phone or internet.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What will I learn on the course?
By taking our Counselling and Psychotherapy course, you will gain a thorough understanding of what is expected of a Counsellor. You will be able to use your newly developed skills to help people in need. It could be people at work, it could be close members of your family, it could be long-time friends. Just think how much they could benefit from your knowledge and experience. Alternatively you could apply for further training or employment in the field of Mental Health.
Is there any practical training?
Yes. Even though our course is all distance learning, we can arrange for you to support a client via our unique telephone support service. This is done following an assessment of your skills and suitability and with the client’s consent. You will be monitored carefully by your tutor and feedback sheets submitted as part of your portfolio. If you are currently in employment and find that your day-to-day job involves helping people such as nurses, then we will ask you to complete a record of your "face to face" counselling which will go towards your total hours when you wish to become a member of any professional body.
Will I be able to practise as a counsellor/therapist after taking the course?
At the moment anyone can call themselves a counsellor or therapist but a qualification in Counselling and Psychotherapy will show potential clients, further training organisations and employers a level of learning and knowledge that others may not necessarily have. Our course is accredited which you can put towards further learning.
In the future the government will be introducing regulations for people offering talking treatments. Although at this time we do not know the criteria for being accepted for regulation, we do know that a qualification in counselling and psychotherapy will stand you in good stead. In addition, it would be a good idea to become a member of a professional body.
Can I use letters after my name?
Yes. Dip.Couns & Psych
Can I get Insurance once I have completed the course?
Yes. As long as you have gained practical experience and successfully completed our course.
As a student, your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Counselling & Psychotherapy home study course and earn your award:
1. All textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning
2. A full range of student services, including:
- Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
- Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
- NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
- Comprehensive Study Guide & Study Plan
- Guide to Effective Study Techniques
- How to approach exams without fear
3. An IQ Level 4 award upon successful course completion
4. One year's educational support by e-mail, post, fax or phone
5. Free postage and packaging for UK mainland students
FURTHER COURSE INFORMATION
If your course is being delivered online, please ensure you meet the minimum requirements below.
Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above
Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.2 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above
From time to time we may enrol our students with our partner sites; this is dependent on the number of students enrolling on a particular course and course material availability. If this happens, nothing changes for you other than the name of the college administering your course. We will continue to be your point of contact; you will get the exact same course you have enrolled on with the same high level of quality content and support.
The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.
WHAT TO DO NOW?
Step One: It's simple - all you need to do now is choose whether you want to pay in instalments or in full and then click on the relevant enrolment button at the top of this page.
Step Two: Once you have selected your payment option to enrol you will be redirected (this can take a few seconds) to our PayPal payment page for you to select your payment method and complete your enrolment.
Step Three: Within 7 days (normally 48 hours) your enrolment papers and course materials will be with you. A tutor and a dedicated support advisor will also be allocated to you.
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