Advanced Specialist Diploma in Psychotherapy

Ready to take the next step in your counselling training? This course is designed to deepen your self development and take you to the next level of professional practice.

The next course starts: 8th January 2021 fortnightly on a Friday

*Courses to run on our exceptional virtual learning environment until we can return to the classroom*

Overview

Ready to take the next step in your counselling training?  This course is designed to deepen your self-development and take you to the next level of professional practice.

This Level 5 Advanced Specialist Diploma (NCS) course is aimed at qualified counsellors (and those about to qualify) interested in developing and expanding their current practice to facilitate work as a Psychotherapist.

Heartwood’s theoretical approach presented on the course is both Integrative and Holistic. We will look at integrating models, techniques, theories and a range of modalities that suit the individual client. Whilst working on developing relationship skills which will aid therapeutic work.

We will focus on providing a safe and non-judgemental environment in which to practice new skills and techniques, to enhance current practice and develop confidence in working in psychotherapy.

The course delivery is through experiential and didactic learning designed to inspire and engender confidence in students to work as psychotherapists.


Course details

The course runs fortnightly (10am – 4.30pm) for 12 sessions starting 8th January 2021.

The course will be delivered at the Heartwood Centre on the Dartington Estate, where Heartwood students have access to outdoor and indoor light and warm recreational spaces with seating for break times and its own refreshment making facilities.

We create a supportive learning environment here at Heartwood and will guide learners through their studies.

Counsellors come to us from a diverse variety of backgrounds with a vast range of skills and ability, as well as an established understanding of the counselling profession. It offers the opportunity to enhance further career and life skills, and can aid in accessing specialist counselling and therapeutic professions.

A deeper exploration into ‘self’

There is a strong reflective element to this course which runs throughout the whole program. You will be encouraged to reflect on your personal journey so far, the

obstacles which you face in your ongoing practice and your fundamentally embedded ‘structures’.

The primacy of the client- therapist relationship

You will be invited to explore ways in which you can effectively establish and maintain a powerful working alliance with your clients. A range of techniques will be identified as valuable tools to access working with the therapeutic relationship at depth.

Developing an authentic and individual therapeutic approach

The course seeks to support you in developing your own emerging style and approach

Making the shift to psychotherapist

The course will provide you with a solid foundation from which to build your confidence as a practitioner, and take you to the next level of your ability as a psychotherapist.

Successful completion of the course will help you to set up in private practice and/or become a senior psychotherapist within an agency setting.

NCS Advanced Specialist Status: This course is recognised by the National Counselling Society as “Advanced Specialist Diploma” status.

Entry Requirements: Level 4 Diploma (or equivalent) including 100 supervised client hours already obtained by the start of the course.

Next Start:   January 8th 2021

Enrolment: Application form and interview

Assessment: Internal and Externally assessed case study, 60 hours in supervised practice

Minimum of 10 hours of personal therapy are required during your training.

Entry requirements

You will need to have completed a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling (or equivalent).
You will need to have completed a minimum of 100 client hours and have a supporting supervision record.
An interview with the principal or course tutor is available should you wish to take advantage of this.

Syllabus

Throughout the course we will use a range of experiential exercises to make accessible the theories which underpin these interventions and approaches.

Further advancing your counselling skills, personal and professional development, we will focus on the following:

  • Develop proficiency in your particular counselling approach
  • Deepen ability to work with the counselling relationship
  • Develop proficiency to work with clients at an emotional depth
  • Exploration of ‘no go’ areas; personality, personal history and interpersonal

Relationships

  • Comprehension of working in different health settings
  • Effectiveness and critical reflection of psychotherapy counselling models
  • Impact of self-awareness on counselling relationship & practice work
  • Self-development and reflection
  • Developing awareness of yourself in relationship
  • Conducting assessments
  • Relate theory of diversity to client assessment and treatment choices
  • Identifying severe or complex mental health problems and support referral

Pathways

  • Personal well-being, competence and efficacy

Presentations

  • Difficult thought processes; fixed beliefs or negative ideas, old self-images.
  • Emotional blocks; grief, anger, sadness, regret, guilt, shame.
  • Physical blocks; insomnia, eating disorders, self-harm.
  • Spiritual cognition; dreams, aspirations, shame, hopes.
  • Complex mental health issues

Content

  • Ethical framework & code of conduct
  • Theoretical models & concepts
  • Risk management, assessments & referral pathways
  • Personal & professional guidance and support
  • Complex dynamics in psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapeutic contracts
  • Making the most of supervision
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) pathways
  • Working within limits of own proficiency
  • Difference, Diversity & Inclusion

Assessment

  • A minimum of 90% attendance on tuition days
  • Completion of a learning journals
  • Demonstration of practical skills
  • Completion of all course assignments
  • Completion of 60 client hours
  • Completion of the external case review
  • Clinical supervision and completion of supervisors proficiency statement

Fees Options

Full Course fees are £1475
Deposit of £200 to secure your place with either £1275 to pay at the start of the course, or
Monthly payment plan of 4 monthly payments of £325
Please note that VAT @ 20% is included in these prices

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