The Advanced Diploma aims to deepen trainees’ understanding of Humanistic Integrative Counselling and its application to counselling practice. The course is an advanced practitioner training and assumes that trainees have a solid foundation in the Humanistic Integrative model, and an ability to apply skills from this approach within the counselling setting. On completion of the course, students qualifying for the Advanced Diploma will have met the training criteria for individual accreditation with the BACP.
The Advance Diploma is a one-year part time course spanning over five terms. Each term is approximately a week long, including weekends; weekend classes tend to be for the whole day whereas the weekday classes are held in the evenings. Also, an additional weekend Integration session will be held during the year.
In addition, trainees attend a monthly supervision group of three hours and a monthly individual supervision session. All students are also expected to complete a minimum of 100 client contact hours over the year.
The Advanced Diploma provides an arena for trainees to develop their understanding of how Humanistic and Psychodynamic theory and practice can be combined, in an effective coherent integrative framework.
Students will be introduced to:
Object Relations Theory, with key concepts from Psychoanalytic sources including Klein, Winnicott, Bion and Bowlby. They will deepen their understanding of the application of the Five Relationship Model (Petruska Clarkson).
They will be enabled to identify major areas of similarity and difference between Object Relations and Humanistic theories, especially in relation to the Person Centred approach as well as Gestalt, TA and Existential counselling.
They will explore the issue of personality disorders, contra-indications to counselling and the effects of medication. Professional issues such as Codes of Ethics and Practice, assessment, the organisational context of clinical work, medical and legal issues will be explored.
They will be made aware of the arguments for and against integration, including the historical and philosophical underpinning of the integrative approach.
The theoretical training is imparted through didactic teaching, experiential learning, case discussion selecting their areas of interest, and assistance and support will be offered where necessary. If appropriate, students may continue in their placement from the Diploma year.
To assist trainees with integrating theory into practice, and in their development as competent practitioners,
A monthly one hour individual supervision session (this may increase depending on the number of clients a trainee is seeing and should be discussed with your supervisor).
A monthly three-hour group supervision session with a maximum of three students in the group.
The Trainees’ practice is supported in the individual and group supervisions through the presentation of clinical material, case discussion, awareness of transference and counter-transference issues and practitioner/client role-plays.
Continuous throughout the year and includes elements of self, peer and tutor evaluation. Students are required to successfully complete three written assignments throughout the year (3000 – 3500 words each). These include a theoretical essay, case study and a student presentation, which is also submitted in essay format. Clinical practice is supported through on going assessment by the clinical supervisor.
Assessment is based on the demonstration of skills through the case presentation of their work with clients, including the submission of three audio-taped counselling sessions, as well as active participation within the whole group and in skills based exercises. Students are expected to attend every session and a minimum attendance of 80% is required for the Advanced Diploma to be issued.
Applicants for the Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling must provide evidence of the following:
personal maturity and the ability to cope with the emotional, intellectual and time demands of the course
at least 60 hours of experience of counselling clients in a 1 – 1 setting
The ability to accumulate a further 100 client hours through a suitable placement or trainees’ place of work, whilst completing the Advanced Diploma.
A basic Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (preferably issued by the CPPD)
Approximately 200 hours
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