The course has a Person Centred core content (including classical and process experiential approaches) but also provides the opportunity to learn about and critically evaluate other approaches such as CBT, Solution Focused and Systemic ways of working. There will be emphasis on developing your research skills and your understanding of Evidence Based Practice. Although we will mostly focus on working with adult individuals, we will also introduce you to what it might be like to work with couples, children and families.
This course runs one day a week in Lancaster.
As is usual practice you will need to do 150 supervised counselling practice hours over the duration of the course, plus 50 hours of non-clinical work based learning to meet BACP training requirements. You will be expected to make arrangements for your own placement, but will be offered support from the counselling team. We maintain a database of counselling placement opportunities.
In the first semester you will be attending a weekend residential which focuses on your personal and professional development, and you will also be expected to have 10 hours of your own personal therapy.
The PgD is assessed via a variety of assessment types which may include live peer/client session recordings and evaluations, portfolio, essay, oral presentation, poster presentation, chapter/article critique.
EXTRA COSTS: The course includes a range of costs which are additional to the tuition fee, and will be payable at appropriate points throughout the course. These include:
- Residential during year 1 of the course – the cost will be approximately £200
- Student membership of BACP; this currently costs £76 per year and is subject to a small annual increase
- External supervision – you require regular supervision whilst in practice with a supervisor from our list of ‘approved supervisors’ from the time that Supervised Practice begins and until the end of the course (supervision is an ongoing requirement for members of BACP even when qualified); the cost is usually £45-£60 per 90 min.session, this is normally on a monthly basis over 12-18mths. (depending on how long it takes to achieve the minimum practice hours required)
- Insurance – where your Supervised Practice Setting’s insurance does not effectively cover you, you will need to pay for insurance yourself (approx. £50+ per year whilst on placement)
- Personal Counselling/Psychotherapy – you must undertake a minimum of 10 hours of personal therapy during the course. This is intended to support your personal development (a crucial component in becoming a Person Centred Counsellor) in a 1:1 setting and to increase your awareness of the process of being a client within the model that you are training in. The cost is usually £25-£40 per hour
- Supervised Practice (placement work) related costs – travel to and from the Supervised Practice Setting(s), depending on location in relation to where you live.
- Audio-recording and playback equipment, books, stationary etc.
All modules are 20 credits unless otherwise stated.
HLLC 7010 Theory & Practice 1
HLLC 7020 Theory & Practice 2
HLLC 7030 Becoming a Reflective Practitioner
HLLC 7040 Being With Adversity
HLLC 7050 Developing Professional Practice
HLLC 7060 Understanding Therapeutic Diversity
For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course (PDF).
Download the programme specification
See course specific entry requirements listed below.
More information about levels and credits.
You will need to have already completed a minimum of 30 hours of counselling skills training and be deemed to have a level of counselling ability that would enable you to go out on placement in the first semester. You will need to undertake a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance through the University of Cumbria, and be accepted as a member of the BACP. Your application needs to be supported by a statement from your referee. This will need to reflect on both your academic and personal capacity to undertake this course. Ideally this would be from a tutor from a current or previous course; alternatively one from your manager would be sufficient.
To meet the requirement of the 30 hours of counselling skills training, you could consider the Basic Counselling Skills module.
You will be interviewed for selection for this programme by a member of the programme team.