AIM Counselling Practice Level 4 Diploma

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Course introduction

The counselling industry is growing fast and provides opportunities for employment across many areas, such as private practice, working with charities or with the NHS. Throughout the course, you will be supported by a psychotherapist who will work with you to gain the necessary skills and interventions across various disciplines relevant to the industry. You will learn to connect with those who need help, offering relief with mental health problems such as anxiety, addiction and trauma.

This course provides a Diploma that covers Psychodynamic, CBT, Humanistic and Integrative modalities, with a strong bias towards practical study in humanistic theory.

Course structure

  • Learn to respond effectively to complex client issues and ethical dilemmas.
  • Learn to manage the relationship between counsellor and client whilst working within an ethical framework for counselling.
  • Be able to support referral where appropriate and establish the boundaries of the counselling relationship within specific agency settings.
  • Be able to regularly review the working agreement with clients and enable the client to identify, prioritise and focus on their agenda.
  • Explore approaches to working with anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction.
  • Explore approaches to working with children and young people.

Minimum entry requirements

  • Level 2 English or equivalent.
  • AIM Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Counselling (601/3286/3 or 603/3986/X) or an equivalent qualification that contains both an element of skills and theory.

How will I be assessed?

This course is taught through lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers, group work and regular one-to-one's/tutorials (suggested every 4 weeks). Reflective sessions provide further theoretical input, often via group discussion.

There is an exam as a final assessment.

Information & support

Brock has a well-equipped library that is stocked with all the relevant course literature needed.

The course tutor is a trained psychotherapist and supervisor who currently works within the health and social care sector with children and young people and in private practice.

Course fees & Duration

There is a tuition fee of £2,882.

You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan if you are 19+. The Advanced Learner Loan is a government-funded loan to help learners pay their tuition fees. It’s easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.

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What can I do with this qualification?

You will be at a stage in your counselling career where you will be able to join the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy as a student counsellor. You will be asked to hold insurance to provide counselling services within this capacity.

You will examine a range of current topics to establish your practice and meet BACP core competencies. In addition, you will gain a qualification in working with Children and young people, working with Trauma, Anxiety and Addiction and will offer your opinion of a case study based on your own student counselling practice.

You can progress to further study, including the Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

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