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Training Courses Overview

Training in Psychodynamic Counselling 

Our part-time, BACP accredited training comprises:

Course Years Day Time Note Fee
Certificate in Counselling Skills 1 Wednesday 6.30 to 10.00pm 1530
Diploma in Counselling Skills 1 Thursday 6.00 to 10.00pm a 2550
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 1






6.15 to 9.30pm

6.00 to 10.00pm







Each of the first 4 years also involves 3 or 4 mandatory Saturday workshops (usually 10am to 4pm)

*In year 3 the focus is on client work and supervision. Trainees attend one seminar per term

Many people find that the Certificate and Diploma in Counselling Skills offer useful knowledge and practical skills that can be applied in many situations, both personal and professional, and decide not to continue further. However, you will not be fully qualified to practice as a counsellor unless you complete the 4-5 years training that leads to the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and is BACP Accredited. 


(a)Trainees are also required to be in a minimum of once weekly psychodynamic therapy with a therapist from our list for at least one year before starting work with clients and throughout the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. Most students therefore go into therapy at the beginning of the Diploma in Counselling Skills. This will need to be paid for separately and the negotiation of fees is a private matter between you and your therapist. 

(b)The application process for the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling includes an interview with an external assessor, for which there is an additional charge of £100.

 In addition to seminars, you will be required to see clients (up to 3, weekly) in CCF’s counselling service and attend weekly supervision (1.5 hours). The cost of your room hire, supervision and professional indemnity insurance is included in the course fee. 

To qualify, you will need to complete 150 hours of client work. Trainees usually take three years to achieve this.

Please note that progression from one level to the next is not guaranteed. You will need to graduate from your current course and participate in an interview and assessment process for the next. Places on the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling in particular are limited as we need to ensure that trainees are ready to see clients and that the number of suitable clients meets the need for training hours. 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.  Progression each year is not automatic but dependent upon our assessment process.  

After you have qualified

In order to achieve individual BACP Accreditation, you will need a total of 450 client hours. 150 of these must be gained after qualification. You will be offered a minimum of 1 year post-qualification to work towards these hours within the CCF Counselling Service and opportunities regularly arise for additional voluntary counselling positions within the service. 

Accreditation of Prior Learning

We may accept a previous qualification as meeting the learning outcomes (or covering the syllabus) for a course so you can begin our training at the next level. This reduces the length of time required to complete your counselling qualification with us.

For credit to be awarded for your prior learning, you must have completed a syllabus of similar level and depth, normally within the previous five years.

Evidence of learning must be shown in three areas:

  • Counselling theory 
  • Psychodynamic counselling skills
  • Self-development 

Where recognition of prior learning is permitted, we will only consider prior certificated learning. This is learning which has been formally assessed by a recognised academic institution or professional body and for which you have been awarded a resulting qualification. 

We will normally only consider recognition of prior learning for entry to the Diploma in Counselling Skills. If you have completed a certificate and diploma in counselling skills as part of an equivalent BACP Accredited psychodynamic counselling training and wish to apply for direct entry into the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, please note that you must, in addition to meeting the APL requirements, have been in weekly personal therapy with one of the therapists from our approved list for at least one year immediately prior to the beginning of the Diploma. 

How is prior learning recognised?

We need to can confirm that your prior learning meets the learning outcomes of a particular part of the course. This will usually mean that you have completed an equivalent psychodynamic counselling course at that level, with similar content and requirements to ours. 

If you believe a qualification you hold reflects similar learning outcomes to one of our courses, you can apply for it to be recognised and accredited as prior learning. We consider applications on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply

You need to apply for any prior learning to be recognised and accredited. You can request an assessment of your prior learning before making your application or request this when you submit your application. If you have already submitted your application but now wish to request recognition of your prior learning, please contact us.