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Our courses (Introductory intermediate)

Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills

Next Intake January 2022 (Tuesday Evening and Friday Morning)

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about training. Please email training@wpf.org.uk.

Please note: we are only able to admit a student to this course who:

*  is habitually resident in the United Kingdom, due to the requirement for a number of the course elements to take place in person; and

*  in the case of the clinical qualification in psychodynamic psychotherapy, is legally entitled to work and volunteer in the United Kingdom, due to the course requirement to volunteer in the WPF Therapy’s therapy centre.

Are you interested in starting a career as a therapist? Do you want to learn more about therapy and how it works? Do you want to develop your listening and responding skills? Do you want to learn more about yourself and others? Do you want to understand more about relationships? Are you ready to take that first step into a new and exciting world of relationships and relating? This course is for people who are interested in training in counselling and  psychotherapy, those who already use counselling skills in their work, either paid or voluntary, or those who wish to acquire these skills to develop their work potential. The learning gained will enable people to use counselling skills in a variety of settings. Our Foundation Courses are delivered both online and in-building.  Our foundation certificate courses are being delivered in a mixture of on-line and face-to-face due to Covid-19 and social distancing requirements. Please see the details for each intake for details of how the course will be taught.

 
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Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills

Course dates

Mode 1 (October 2022 start)
Mode 3 (January 2022 start)
Mode 4 (April 2022 start)
Mode 2 (June 2022 start)

Programme Manager

Shirin Biria

Venue

WPF Therapy Limited, 23 Magdalen Street, London SE1 2EN

Fees

Selection fee: £60
Fee: £2,500
Registration fee: £300 (due on acceptance)
Discounted fee: £2,400 (if paid in full before course start)
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£2,500

Next Intake is January 2022

This course is for you if you are interested in training in counselling and psychodynamic psychotherapy, if you already use counselling skills in your work, either paid or voluntary, or if you wish to acquire these skills to develop your potential.

This foundation level course  provides students with an opportunity to learn about counselling and psychotherapy whilst developing their counselling skills.  Students will learn skills which can be used to go on to counselling or psychotherapy training or can be used in their existing workplace.  In addition to learning counselling skills, students participate in a personal development group which allows them to expand their self-awareness and interpersonal skills.  This course is ideal for anyone who would like to learn new skills, discover more about themselves, or find out whether a career as a counsellor or psychotherapist is for them. Counselling skills training is a prerequisite for many other counselling and psychotherapy training courses.

The course has four different intakes, allowing individuals to choose which best suits them.  Please click the More Information button for detailed information.  Any offer of a place will be for the specified intake only.  If the applicant chooses to decline the place but would like to join for a later intake, they will need to reapply and be re-interviewed.

Please note that we are only able to admit a student to this course who is habitually resident in the United Kingdom, due to the requirement for a number of the course elements to take place in person. If an applicant accepts an offer for a place on the course you confirm that you meet this requirement and will, on request by WPF Therapy, provide such evidence as may reasonably be required to enable us to confirm that this requirement is being fulfilled.

Mode 3  – January 2022 Start
Mode 3 is our intensive course and has two different routes: Mode 3 AM and Mode 3 PM; you may choose either Friday mornings (9.15am-12.40pm) OR Tuesday evenings (6.15pm – 9.40pm). Mode 3 AM is an online course and takes place online on Friday morning whereas Mode 3 PM take place in the WPF Therapy building on Tuesday evenings. Both routes also include Saturday modules (10.00am to 4.00pm) which take place online for Mode 3 AM route and take place in the WPF Therapy building for Mode 3 PM route.

However, following the announcement made by the Prime Minister on the 8th December 2021 and the newly introduced COVID-19 safety measures in response to the Omicron variant, both Friday mornings and Tuesday evenings sessions take place online for the duration of Term one. Whilst we review the decision regularly, we expect that it is most likely we will wait until after the Easter break to bring Mode 3 PM Tuesday evening sessions back in the building. The new measures will help to protect the NHS during the winter period; full details are available here

January 2022 Term Dates
There are 26 sessions between January 2022 and July 2022 divided into two terms including four Saturdays. Please note there is a mid-term reading week in both terms when there will be no session. 

Term 1:   Monday 10th January 2022 – Friday 18th March 2022
Reading week:  Monday 14th February – Friday 18th February

Term 2:   Monday 2nd May 2022 –   Friday 15th July 2022
Reading week:   Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June 

Saturdays will run between 10:00am and 4:00pm on the below dates:

  1. Saturday 12th February 2022
  2. Saturday 12th March 2022
  3. Saturday 14th May 2022
  4. Saturday 25th June 2022

Mode 4  – April 2022 Start   This route takes place on Monday evenings, 6.15pm – 9.40pm. It consists of 30 sessions between between April 2022 and February 2023 divided into three terms. Please note there are no sessions during the reading weeks. 

This April 2022 start course will take place online.

Term 1:  Monday 25th April 2022 – Friday 15th July 2022
There is no session on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May
Reading week:  Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June

Term 2:  Monday 5th Sept 2022 – Friday 9th Dec 2022
Reading week:  Monday 7th November– Friday 11th November

Term 3:   Monday 9th January 2023 – Friday 24th Feb 2023
There is no reading week in Term 3

 

Mode 2  –  June 2022 Start   This mode is an online intensive course and takes place on Tuesday evenings, 5.oopm – 8.20pm. There are 26 sessions between June 2022 and December 2022 divided into two terms including four Saturdays. Each Saturday runs from 10am – 4pm. Please note there is a mid-term reading week in both terms when there will be no session.

This June 2022 start course will take place online.

Term Dates to be announced in March 2022.

 

Mode 1  –  October 2022 Start requires once weekly attendance (30 sessions) over an academic year of three 10 week terms. Each term includes a mid-term reading week. Individuals have a choice of morning or evening sessions. Morning sessions take place on Wednesdays (9.15am – 12.45pm), whilst evening sessions take place on Wednesday evenings (6.15pm – 9.45pm).

Mode 1 has two different routes of Mode 1 AM and Mode 1 PM; you may choose either Wednesday mornings (9.15am-12.40pm) OR Wednesday evenings (6.15pm-9.40pm) and both routes take place in the WPF Therapy building.

There are 30 sessions between October 2022 and July 2023 divided into three terms. Please note there are no sessions during the reading weeks.

October 2022 Term Dates

Term 1:   Monday 3rd October 2022 – Friday 16th December 2022
Reading week:  Monday 7th November– Friday 11th November

Term 2:   Monday 9th January 2023 – Friday 24th March 2023
Reading week Monday 13th February – Friday 17th February

Term 3:   Monday 24th April 2023 – Friday 7th July 2023
Reading Week Monday 29th May – Friday 2nd June

What former students say

“By the end of the course I had real clarity about what further training to become a psychodynamic counsellor involves both personally and professionally. This course is an excellent step to further training: it offered me a balance of personal challenge, adult learning and reflection with a stimulating introduction to psychodynamic theory”.

“I have a sense of enormous change in myself during this year in every way and being on this course contributed to this. I would not have missed this experience for the world. Thank you”.

“Thought provoking, interactive course. Be prepared to embark on a journey of discovery about yourself and others”.

“A comprehensive and insightful introduction to counselling”.

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Diploma in Counselling Skills (Access course) - next intake 2023

January start
7 month duration including 4 Saturday Modules

Course dates

The next intake will be in January 2023

Programme Manager

Shirin Biria

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Course fee: To be confirmed shortly
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To be confirmed shortly

This part-time online course is for those who have completed a counselling skills course or the equivalent in experience and are interested in training to become a psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist.  It is designed to be a transitional course before embarking on a full training. It may also be that you need to spend more time preparing  and developing your existing skills before embarking on a qualifying course. This challenging, intensive course will enable to develop your use of counselling skills and your knowledge and understanding of psychodynamic theory.

The course consists of theoretical seminars, skills practice seminars and experiential groups. Each session consists of two seminars and one experiential group. The first seminar of the day is theoretical and relevant academic papers are discussed.

In the second seminar students practice counselling skills using role-plays, experiential exercises and video work in relation to the following themes:

  • Working ethically and with setting appropriate boundaries
  • How past experiences affect present behaviour
  • Introduction to Freud, Klein and Object Relations
  • Understanding unconscious and conscious processes
  • Exploring the client’s inner world within their wider social, cultural, racial and familial contexts
  • Attachment Theory
  • Neuroscience

Experiential Group
In group sessions, students will be able to explore feelings and relationships and learn about individual and group dynamics and process. The group provides an opportunity to learn about ourselves and our impact on others. They are conducted by an experienced group analytic psychotherapist.

In addition students are asked to attend a Group Theory Seminar. These are offered on a variety of different dates and times. The seminar provides an overview of group theory and an introduction to group psychotherapy as a model.

Schedule
This part-time intensive course runs for seven months, starting in January each year. It comprises once-weekly sessions across two terms. and four Saturday modules. The weekly sessions take place on Thursday mornings, 9.30am – 2.00pm

The next intake for this course will be in January 2023

Two terms, plus four Saturday modules

  1. Please note: we are only able to admit a student to this course who:
    • is habitually resident in the United Kingdom, due to the requirement for a number of the course elements to take place in person; and
    • in the case of the clinical qualification in psychodynamic psychotherapy, is legally entitled to work and volunteer in the United Kingdom, due to the course requirement to volunteer in WPF Therapy’s therapy clinic.
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