The courses run over one year and will provide total
contact time of 120 hours in either residential or
non-residential blocks (see the course summaries).
In addition a considerable number of hours of self
directed study and skills practice is expected.
Students will complete an assignment of 3,000 words
for each of the three modules. Alternatives to the
3,000 word assignments can be submitted if
negotiated in advance with course tutors as an
equivalent demonstration of their learning.
Alternatives might include: a creative piece of
work, a presentation or a relevant work based
project. Throughout the course, students will be
encouraged to accept personal responsibility for
their learning and to participate in seminars and
experiential work. They will review and evaluate
their own work, as well as offering constructive
contributions to others. Support will be available
throughout the course through group and individual
The Diploma course involves completing all
assignments, and participation in at least 80% of
the group-work. There is an alternative for those
for whom the experiential learning is the need.
These students are not required to provide
assignments, but will attend at least 80% of the
group-work, and will receive a Certificate of
Attendance -- This will not be an Accredited
Learning & Teaching Approaches
Members of the course team, together with invited
specialist contributors will facilitate the courses.
The emphasis of the Diploma courses is on
self-directed learning. Given the objectives of the
courses, tutors will offer a variety of learning
media. These will include; seminars, presentation of
theory, group-work, creative activities, case
studies, self, peer and tutor assessment, skills
practice, reading lists and comprehensive handouts.
A maximum of 20 students will be accepted in each
There is an entry requirement of at least one year
of counselling skills training, or the equivalent,
as well as counselling experience in a voluntary or
professional capacity. If you are unsure as to
whether you meet the entry criteria please contact
us at the earliest opportunity to discuss your
Students will need access to a local support person
who is able to act as 'mentor' throughout the
course. This person should not be the student's
Because of the nature of course material and the
requirement for experiential learning during the
training programme, applicants may need to undertake
personal therapy and may find this beneficial in
processing their learning. Students should make
allowance for the costs and implications of this
before applying for a course.
Accreditation for Prior Learning
Through the Accreditation of Prior Learning scheme
along with credits from a variety of sources,
credits from this course may be used to build a
portfolio towards a degree or other award.
Equality of Opportunity
We welcome applications from practitioners from all
approaches to counselling, therapy and personal
growth, we have the conviction that diversity
enriches the learning for all. Similarly,
applications are encouraged from: men, people from
minority groups and those with disabilities. We
welcome applications from deaf counsellors as one
tutor has BSL Stage 1 (working for stage 2). Our
training venue is wheelchair accessible.
Application & Selection Procedure
Applications for places on the course should be made
on the enclosed form and sent with the booking fee
(which is part of the course fees) made payable to
the "Foundation for the Developing Person".
Applicants with appropriate entry requirements will
be invited to a one day workshop, which will
incorporate a short individual interview. The
workshop will allow applicants to experience
something of the way the course will be offered, to
meet other potential students and staff, to ask any
questions, and to participate in some group-work.
Offers of places will be sent after the interview.
Our application form and interview workshops give us
sufficient information to offer applicants places,
or point them towards appropriate training agencies
to reach the entry criteria for this course.
Fees & Bursaries
See individual course summaries. There may be a
limited number of bursary places available on each
course. Students wishing to apply for a bursary
should do so at the earliest opportunity.