Level 4 Diploma

Course Structure

This is a two-year course of 420 guided learning hours.  The programme is recognised by the Association of Christian Counsellors (as 600 training hours) and has secular accreditation though the Counselling and Pyschotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).  This course has been developed as a progression in learning for those who have completed both Level 2 and 3 courses in Christian Counselling with a recognised ACC agency.  BCT counselling courses follow an integrative approach, looking at various models and theories of counselling which students are expected to integrate into their practice.  Students are required to complete a supervised placement of 50 hours per annum during the course and to receive personal counselling during the two years.

Course Content

  • Taught modules on the course include Person Centred Counselling, Attachment Theory, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Trauma and Abuse, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Spiritual Dynamics, Developments in Neuroscience and Creative Therapy.
  • Additionally each student researches a different theory, model, approach or key person in the field of counselling, beginning with Freud right through to twenty-first century issues.  They then prepare a paper to be presented in workshop format to fellow students with demonstrations, exercises and interactive feedback.
  • Students use audio and visual recordings of a series of counselling sessions conducted during the course.  In addition they will prepare and present two case studies to fellow-students and learn how to use supervision and give constructive feedback.
  • Teaching will be given by course tutors and guest trainers. Students are expected to supplement training by their own literature and media research to explore, discuss and evaluate the taught material and current significant issues in the field of counselling.
  • There will be a continuous assessment of skills, attitudes, self-awareness, knowledge, participation in group work, written assignments and attendance.

Course Requirements

To qualify for this course the student must show a commitment to ongoing professional development by student membership of a professional accrediting body, and be working towards accredited membership of a professional body through supervised practice and maintaining a training portfolio and counselling log.  They will be expected to show a good theoretical grasp of their own counselling model and technique and have an adequate level of experience and competence to contribute actively to the course and to gain from interactive work