Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling

The Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling aims to provide a solid foundation in the Humanistic Integrative approach and its application to counselling practice. The course is a practitioner training and offers an environment where students can build on their relationship skills within clinical practice. Students are encouraged to develop further their self-awareness, both within the group and throughout their practice. On completion of the course students will qualify for the Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling.

The Diploma is the first year of the two-year BACP Accredited , and is open to students who have gained a Certificate in Counselling from other training institutions. In order to be accredited, students then need to go onto the second year of the course (Advanced Diploma).


The Diploma is a one-year part time course spanning three terms. It commences with an introductory weekend and each term consists of 10 weekly evening seminars plus 5 further intensive weekend trainings. In addition to course contact time, trainees attend a monthly three-hour supervision group and a one-hour individual supervision session. Students will also be expected to complete a minimum of 120 client contact hours over the year. Students are also expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours of personal therapy during the year. NEW TO 2017 – The Diploma year now also includes three additional weekend trainings on Working with Children & Young People. 


Counselling Theory
The Diploma provides an arena for trainees to develop their understanding of the Humanistic Integrative framework and the application of the Five Relationship Model (Petruska Clarkson). Students will deepen their understanding of the major Humanistic approaches of Person Centred Counselling, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Egan, and combine this with
deeper understanding of the Psychodynamic concepts of transference and counter transference. Students will constantly be developing an integrative model of practice.

Trainees will be introduced to the concepts and principles underpinning advanced counselling skills, together with clinical issues such as assessment, contracts, boundaries and managing referrals.

The course will examine specific issues such as:

  • Transcultural practice
  • Working with difference
  • Sexuality
  • Client risk assessment
  • Counselling survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Cognitive behaviour counselling
  • Counselling clients with drugs/substance misuse
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Working with Children & Young People



Applicants for the Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling must provide evidence of the following:

  • A certificate level or equivelent comprising of at least 120 hours of training



  • Two intakes yearly (Spring and Autumn)
  • Spring intake starts in April/May with an introductory weekend followed by three terms of Thursday evenings, 18:00 – 21:30
  • Autumn intake starts in September/October with an introductory weekend followed by three terms of Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, 18:00 – 21:30



  • 120 hours