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.

In order to gain the BACP accredited award, students need to also complete the second year of the course. Graduates of the 2-year Advanced Diploma course will have satisfied the training requirements necessary for individual accreditation with the BACP, however, students will then need to complete a further minimum of one year’s supervised practice post-training and completed a total of 450 clinical hours (including training hours) before applying for individual accreditation.

For more information on accreditation, please see the BACP website: https://www.bacp.co.uk/membership/accredited-membership/apply-for-accreditation/



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. The Diploma year 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:

  • Successful completion of the CPPD Certificate in Humanistic Integrative Counselling or an equivalent foundation in counselling course of a minimum of 120 hours of training. This course must have included basic counselling skills, self-development.
  • A willingness to undertake a minimum of 40 hours of personal therapy throughout the duration of the training
  • Personal maturity and the ability to cope with the emotional, intellectual and time demands of the course
  • The ability to accumulate 120 client hours through a suitable placement
  • A willingness to undertake fortnightly supervision throughout the duration of the training, outside of the course training hours
  • An ability to demonstrate self-awareness and awareness of self in relation to others



  • 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