Further Information - Diploma Courses

The Course Structure
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 tutorials.

Course Options
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 Certificate.

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 group.

Entry Requirements
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 circumstances.

Mentoring Scheme
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 current supervisor.

Personal Therapy
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.





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