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This programme has established a sound reputation for equipping students with a flexible, ethical and professional manner. Our graduates now work in various settings, including GP surgeries, private practice, and in various organisations, in and around the London area, which specialise in the provision of a counselling service. Although the training is not a ?recognised? training of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), many students on the programme have chosen to complete the requirements stipulated by the BACP to become individually accredited clinical practitioners. By successfully completing the programme, you are qualified by the University of London as a counsellor. You may then wish to go on to become accredited by the BACP. This is not a further qualification, but it is a recognised path to joining a membership list compiled by the BACP. As part of the University of London, the programme falls under existing state regulation for institutions of higher education. This ensures that the quality of education and training on offer is monitored, that professional standards are adhered to, and that your interests, as well as those of your clients, are protected. The orientation of the training is psychodynamic ? a description taken to embrace the work of Freud, Jung, Klein, Winnicott, Kohut, Fairbairn, Stern, and others. Accordingly, theory is not taught for its own sake, only in the interests of responding, as sensitively as you can, to the difficulties of your clients. There are two important requirements: ?Personal counselling or psychotherapy You are expected to be in your own counsellingtherapy from the beginning of the second term of your first year of the training, to its end. Programme staff will advise you about suitable clinicians. Please note that you will need to pay the costs for this yourself. ?Counselling Placement The second requirement involves finding a placement in a counselling organisation to who you will offer your voluntary service so that you can accomplish 100 hours of supervised clinical practice. Again, programme staff will help you in finding a suitable placement. Placements differ in respect of what organisations expect their volunteers to do. However, it is most likely that you will have to set aside two or three hours a week, maybe more, and perhaps at different times during the week, for your clinical practice and supervision, from roughly the February or March of your first year of training. Please note: You have the option of exiting the programme after two years with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. Alternatively, students successfully completing the full three-year programme will be awarded the MA in Counselling. What you study The programme is seminar-based, with contributions from college staff and visiting specialists. Student contributions and presentations form an integral part of the programme. The programme includes six interrelated courses: ?The Skills Practice Group (Terms 1 and 2, Year 1) ?Case Management (Year 2) ?Clinical Workshops ? Difference and Diversity (2 workshops plus 1 seminar per term) ?Theory Seminars (throughout the training) ?Ongoing Clinical Practice (from Term 2, Year 1) ?Ongoing Personal CounsellingPsychotherapy (from Term 2, Year 1) The Skills Practice Group By use of role-play, fishbowl exercises and other means, this component of the training focuses on your acquisition of counselling skills. However, since role-play can occasion anxiety for many of us, and as training as a counsellor requires respect for others at all times, care will be taken to promote a culture of learning and mutual support in which you can share your expectations and anxieties. Case Management With the agreement of your placement, you will bring clinical material from your voluntary counselling practice to the group. You will be supported with the development of your counselling skills, your capacity to ?contain? the distress of your clients, and your
This programme has established a sound reputation for equipping students with a flexible, ethical and professional manner. Our graduates now work in various settings, including GP surgeries, private practice, and in various organisations, in and around the London area, which specialise in the provision of a counselling service. Although the training is not a ?recognised? training of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), many students on the programme have chosen...