The approach to counselling is integrative; an approach which has developed over the past half century, as a result of counselling outcomes research. The integrative model involves drawing on a range of theories which help us to understand how human beings develop, how personality and emotional challenges emerge, and how we act in the face of universal issues of our existence such as freedom, death, anxiety and guilt. Integration is also concerned with understanding why and how we are happy to show certain aspects of ourselves while hiding other parts. The aim of integrative counselling would then be to enable access to our whole self.
The course is divided into three general areas; firstly, the professional - students will learn about law, ethics, boundaries and other aspects of professionalism. Secondly, students will learn and practice new skills, at first this will be in the classroom practising on other students, but later this will expand into working in a placement, counselling real clients. Thirdly, the theoretical concepts will be offered to students who will learn how to apply them to their counselling work. Lastly, students will engage in a process of self-awareness which will support their learning and development across the course. Students will be responsible for organising their own work placements, although assistance will be provided by your tutors and during the Professional Development module. The counsellor you chose should be either British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited or UKCP registered. Other accrediting organisations will be considered but this should be discussed with the Course Leader. Criminal Record Declaration (DBS) will be required.
A variety of assessment methods are used, which include written reports, written assignments, literature reviews, group presentations, and the compilation of a learning journal.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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- The STEM Innovation Centre (West Suffolk College)
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Successful applicants will hold a full Level Three qualification, preferably an Access to Counselling course. Applicants with a Level Three qualification in a different discipline will also be considered if they have successfully completed a recognised counselling course of at least 90 hours classroom attendance, which contains both theoretical and skills elements. Other equivalent routes will be considered.
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic) Grade 6 IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students first language
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£8500||Year 1|
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West Suffolk College
Bury St Edmunds