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Diploma in Counselling skills (B.A.C.P Accredited)

September 2019 – July 2020

This is a well-established work based clinical training which leads to a professional qualification in psychodynamic counselling and provides both theoretical and theoretical elements of the training as a psychodynamic counsellor. The course includes theoretical and clinical seminars, tutorial sessions, process groups and workshops, together with supervised clinical practice within our own counselling service. The course takes a minimum of two years to complete but you are offered a third year to consolidate your practice and attain the 150 total counselling hours required, if necessary.

The Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling provides clinical practice via a placement within CCF’s own counselling service, where trainees are valued members of our team. Regular weekly supervision is also included, offering unique support and avoiding the difficulty of trainees having to find their own suitable placements and supervisors.

All applicants must have completed an approved non-clinical course of at least 150 hours. Those who undertake this course having completed our Diploma in Counselling Skills will have completed part of a BACP accredited training. All candidates will have an in-depth assessment to determine their readiness to work with clients. Trainees need to be in personal therapy with a therapist from our approved list at least one year before seeing clients.

The majority of counsellors completing our training programme successfully apply for BACP Individual Accreditation, after completing the required 450 hours of client work.

The course commences in September each year.

Term Dates (Year 1): 

Induction:  Saturday 7th September 2019
First Supervision Session  Wednesday  September 11th 2019 to be advised
Term 1:  Monday 16th September 2019 to Monday 25th November 2019
Half Term:  Week commencing 28th October 2019
Term 2:  Monday 6th January 2020 to Monday 23rd March 2020
Half Term:  Week commencing 17th February 2020
Term 3:  Monday 20th April 2020 to  Monday 29th June 2020
Half Term:  Week commencing 25th May 2020
Please Note
Clinical Interviews  Saturday 18th May, Friday 24th May, Sunday 26th May and Saturday 1st June 2019
Workshops  6 Saturdays to be advised


Fees for 2019 applicants

External Assessment Fee £100
Year 1 Course Fee  £3313 see application form for details.
 Year 2 Course Fee  £3313
Year 3 Course Fee £675


We emphasise that we provide a training in counselling, not a course of instruction.  This means that our Assessment Committee must be satisfied that the trainee has reached a required standard, which is not just a matter of completing hours and assignments, before awarding a qualification.  Please note that progression each year is not automatic but dependent upon our assessment process.



Trainees who successfully complete the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling will have completed a minimum of 150 hours of clinical work and are usually offered the opportunity to remain with the Foundation for a further year as a Voluntary Associate Counsellor. This assists trainees gaining hours towards the 450 required for personal BACP accreditation.

Please download an application form: DIPCS Application formTraining Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form and view our Privacy Statement – Training 2018

Ideally, applicants should be aged 21 years plus.