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How do I become a professionally accredited counsellor or psychotherapist?

Counselling & Psychotherapy at Birkbeck offers a number of routes to become an accredited counsellor or psychotherapist, depending on your current level of experience and training

 

If you have no experience or training

 

Does this apply to me?

  • This information applies to you if you are at the beginning of your journey, i.e. you:
    • have not completed any previous introductory counselling courses or counselling related courses (like a psychology degree)
    • do not already work in a relevant occupation (like teaching, social work or nursing)
    • have little or no experience of counselling-related work (e.g. voluntary work)

Year 1 of the HE Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills Course

If you have some experience or training

Does this apply to me?

  • This information will apply to you if you have some experience and/or training, i.e. you:
    • have already done a previous introductory counselling course (e.g. Introduction to Counselling at Birkbeck or elsewhere) or counselling related training (such as a psychology degree)
    • or work in a relevant occupation (teaching, social work, nursing etc.)
    • and/or have relevant experience in paid or voluntary counselling or counselling-related work

If the above criteria apply to you, the following four options are available:

Option 1: Direct entry to year 2 of the HE Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills

  • Entry requirements: completion of Year 1 (Introduction to Counselling) or its equivalent
  • The programme covers the basic knowledge and skills of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural and person-centred counselling, with a comparison between each approach.  An introduction to group and organizational dynamics is also taught.
  • One three-hour class each week for an academic year (October to July), in addition to one Saturday School each term.
  • Choose a class in the evening or during the daytime.
  • On successful completion of the Certificate you may apply for our professional trainings: MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (Adult, or Children & Adolescents) or Foundation Degree in Short-term Dynamic Counselling and CBT.

Option 2: HE Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling and Organisational Dynamics

  • Entry requirements: some knowledge and/or experience of psychodynamic counselling or therapy, and experience of or willingness to take up relevant counselling related paid or voluntary work.
  • Programme covers psychodynamic counselling and group and organisational dynamics.
  • One class each week, on a Wednesday evening
  • Designed as a preliminary course to the MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy (Adult or with Children & Adolescents), but also suitable as a route onto the Foundation Degree in Short-term Dynamic Counselling & CBT

Option 3: MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development

  • Entry requirements: normally a first degree, non-graduates with academic and professional experience also considered;  counselling or counselling-related work an advantage
  • 2 year programme, one class each week on a Wednesday evening, 5.00-10.00pm
  • Provides an understanding of child and adult development through the study of Freudian, Jungian, and other psychoanalytic theories. 
  • Includes an infant observation
  • Run jointly with the British Psychotherapy Foundation
  • On completing the course you may apply directly to year 2 of the MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy (Adult, or Children & Adolescents),

Option 4: Foundation Degree in Short-term Dynamic Counselling & CBT

  • Entry requirements: Minimum entry requirement is the Introduction to Counselling (Year 1 of the HE Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills) or its equivalent. Recommended entry requirement is the full two-year HE Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills or HE Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling & Organizational Dynamics.
  • Taught two evenings each week over two years and two terms.
  • Professional training offering fundamental knowledge and skills of short-term dynamic counselling and CBT
  • Students undertake supervised clinical placements as part of the programme
  • For non-graduates who complete the Foundation Dedgree a top-up of 4 extra terms are available for the award of a BSc. Honours Degree
  • Standalone professional training, or can lead on to further training (ie MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy Adult or Children & Adolescents)
  • Programme is currently seeking accreditation with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

If you have more experience and/or training

Does this apply to me?

  • Have completed 2 year HE Certificate in Counselling & Counselling skills or He Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling & Organizational Dynamics, or an equivalent
  • And/or are qualified in a relevant occupation (teaching, social work, nursing etc.)
  • And have relevant counselling or counselling-related work experience

If so you are eligible to apply to directly to our clinical trainings, either the Foundation Degree in Short-term Dynamic Counselling and CBT (described in Option 4 previously) or one of our two clinical trainings at Masters level:

Option 1: Grad Dip/MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy

  • Entry requirements: Honours degree (or evidence of equivalent academic achievement), completion of our HE  Certificate in Counselling & Counselling Skills or HE Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling & Organizational Dynamics, or their equivalent, and counselling or counselling-related work
  • In-depth professional psychodynamic training together with the study of groups and organizational dynamics
  • Students undertake supervised clinical placements as part of the programme
  • Three year programme taught during the day (Mondays Year 1, Tuesdays Years 2 and 3).
  • Programme is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Option 2: Grad Dip/MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

  • Entry requirements: as for the MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy  but applicants who have relevant work experience with children and/or adolescents who don’t meet all of these requirements also considered
  • Syllabus and programme design similar to MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, but includes an infant observation and focuses on theory and practice with children and adolescents.
  • Three year programme, taught during the day (Mondays year 1, Tuesdays years 2 and 3)
  • Students undertake supervised clinical placements in Child and Adolescent settings
  • Programme is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

 

 
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