Wealden College of Counselling & Psychotherapy

Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling                                                                                    

This modular course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and develops counsellors who wish to meet the requirements for accreditation as counsellors by the BACP

Our course covers all main aspects of the theory and practice of counselling, including modules on setting up professional practice.

Our Diploma course is a part time course. The training part of the course (one day per week, forty days per year) runs over two consecutive years, followed by a further two years during which time the stundent prepares for and sits their exam. Students usually go into a volutary, supervised placement at some point towards the end of their first year of training or early in their second year, and continue in voluntary placement until they have passed their exam. This means that students are effectively in training for a period of between two and a half and four years. The course is available on a Wednesday or a Friday. Further details can be found in our current course prospectus.

The training days usually begin with a separate group checkin for the first and second year trainees, followed by tutor led theory for the rest of the morning, in each group. In the afternoon students usually break up into smaller groups made up of colleagues from the first and second years, for skills practice, offering good opportunties for tutor supervision and feedback on skills.

Entry requirements are detailed in our course prospectus but include 60hrs previous training in counselling or equivalent, attending own therapy weekly throughout the course, adherence to the BACP code of ethics and membership of the BACP.

Selection to the course is via application and selection interview.

We keep contact with our former graduates via our regular Newsletter many of whom have gone on to establish successful private practices or to work as paid counsellors in organisations.

Our philosophy is broadly humanistic and we believe that all techniques and theories are limited and should never be used in ways that avoid or distort contactful relationship between client and counsellor or therapist.

For the Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling course handbook and other useful resources for students on the course, please click here.

Find out more information about the college’s philosophy.

Full details of this course are contained in our Prospectus and this can be obtained by clicking the On Line Prospectus link on the left of this page

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy website can be found at www.bacp.co.uk

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Core Tutors

Anna Pester BA(Hons) Couns., Cert.Sup., MBACP (Accred) (Course Co-ordinator)

James Sweeney BSc, MA, PG Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred), CTA, PTSTA.

Other Contributors

Joanna Beazley Richards MSc, TSTA(P), C.Psychol., HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, Accredited EMDR Consultant. (Principal of Wealden College of Counselling and Psychotherapy)

John Baxendale MSc, PTSTA(P), CTA, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, MBACP (Accred). EMDR Europe Accredited practitioner. (Vice-Principal of Wealden College of Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Rachel Cutler MA, PG Dip Psych, PG Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred).


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