The Awareness Centre (TAC) Diploma in Integrative Counselling

The Diploma in Integrative Counselling is open to students who have completed The Awareness Centre (TAC) Foundation Certificate in Counselling, or who have satisfactorily completed a Certificate in Counselling with another training organisation.

Being accepted onto the TAC Diploma in Integrative Counselling means you will automatically be offered a clinical placement within the TAC low-cost service in Clapham or Tooting (open-ended therapy) or within the TAC NHS services in Lambeth or Wandsworth (6-12 sessions, short-term counselling). Supervision is provided in house for this clinical work.

The course runs from January 2021 to December 2022. Selection will take place on Saturday,17th October 2020.

Overview

The Diploma in Integrative Counselling is a two-year training is based on an integrative, relational approach to counselling and psychotherapy. The methodology combines approaches from the humanistic and psychodynamic models of counselling and psychotherapy, attachment and loss, and working short-term with clients using a solution focused model.

Students will learn how to develop and maintain a therapeutic relationship focusing on both conscious and unconscious motivators. Students will be taught how to develop this knowledge and understanding employing a variety of theories and practices, which will help them to make informed choices about appropriate interventions for the issues that clients present with.

Students will be expected to explore the theoretical assumptions underpinning each of the taught models, and to also identify and develop their own philosophy and approach to counselling which will include cultural, personal and theoretical reflection.

Students will also develop a critical understanding of research in counselling and psychotherapy and be able to incorporate this knowledge into clinical practice.

Content

The content combines humanistic approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, principally the person-centred model, and Petrūska Clarkson’s relational model of psychotherapy contained in ‘The Therapeutic Relationship’, which explores five facets of relationship:

  • the working alliance
  • the transference/counter-transference relationship
  • the developmentally needed or reparative relationship
  • the person to person or real relationship
  • the transpersonal relationship.

The content also focuses on attachment theory, which is a concept in developmental psychology that concerns the importance of “attachment” with regards to personal and psychological development. Research in neuroscience and neurobiology have enormously influenced later contributors in the field of attachment theory – we will examine some of this work to further enhance students’ knowledge and understanding. We will also examine the theoretical understanding and practical application of attachment theory to clinical work around bereavement and loss.

Students will also learn about working with a range of different presenting issues, which will include working with addiction, anxiety and depression, co-dependence, eating disorders and managing risk.

The overall aim is to develop students’ abilities to become skilled practitioners in using the therapeutic relationship, core theory and applied skills to promote change. 

Delivery

The curriculum is taught via theory lectures and seminars. This is supported by therapeutic skills workshops and personal development work. Therapeutic skills are developed in practice groups during the training. Much of the learning will be assimilated via a process of reflection on academic study, the skills practised and personal development activities to help improve self-awareness.

Clinical Practice and Supervision

As part of the course, we provide clinical practice via an ‘in-house’ placement in our NHS and/or low-cost counselling service. This practice is underpinned by clinical supervision, which is again provided ‘in-house’ and is included in the fee for the course. Students are expected to complete a minimum 100 hours of clinical practice as part of the course. The client hours undertaken during your placement with TAC accumulate towards the current minimum 450 hours required to become an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 

Outcome

At the end of the training, students will be equipped with range a skills and knowledge to help them work with a diverse range of clients, presenting with a range of issues. Students may then wish to further develop their training, work within a therapeutic counselling service or progress to independent private practice.

Dates

The Diploma in Integrative Counselling provided by The Awareness Centre (TAC) Training School is taught during evenings and weekends.

January 2021 to December 2022. Application deadline 16th October 2020.

Selected Dates
Selected Dates

Timetable Year One
January 2021 – December 2022
Application Deadline: 16th October 2020
Selection Day: Saturday, 17th October 2020

MODULE ONE
Week 1Saturday 9 January: 10am to 4pm
Week 2Tuesday 12 January:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 14 January:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 3Tuesday 19 January:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 21 January:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 4Tuesday 26 January:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 28 January:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 5Tuesday 2 February:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 4 February:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 6Tuesday 9 February:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 11 February:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 7Tuesday 23 February: 7pm to 10pmThursday 25 February: 7pm to 10pm
WorkshopSunday 28 February:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Working with Difference and Diversity
Week 8Tuesday 9 March:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 11 March:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 9Tuesday 16 March:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 18 March:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 10Tuesday 23 March:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 25 March:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

MODULE TWO
Week 11Tuesday 20 April:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 22 April:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 12Tuesday 27 April:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 29 April:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 13Tuesday 4 May:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 6 May:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 14Tuesday 11 May:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 13 May:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 15Tuesday 18 May:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 20 May:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 16Tuesday 25 May:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 27 May:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

WorkshopSunday 6 June: 10am to 4pmDiagnosis and Medication
Week 17Tuesday 8 June:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 10 June:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 18Tuesday 15 June:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 17 June:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 19Tuesday 29 June:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 1 July:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Week 20Tuesday 6 July:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Thursday 8 July:

6.30pm to 9.30pm

MODULE THREE
Week 21Dates to be confirmed when
Week 22school timetable available
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
Week 26
Week 27
Week 28
Week 29
Week 30

Pre-requisites

Applicants should have previously completed a training at Certificate level in counselling. Applicants will be assessed on their ability to meet the demanding requirements of the course as well as their potential to carry out clinical work with counselling clients at TAC.

Personal Therapy

Students are expected to be in personal therapy for a minimum 70 hours during the training. Fees for personal therapy are not included in the fee for the course.

Course Fee

The fee for the Diploma in Integrative Counselling is £8,000.00, which includes an in-house clinical placement and in-house supervision. The fee can be paid as follows:

Fee: £8,000.00
Non refundable deposit: £500.00
24 monthly payments of £312.50 per month = £7,500.00

If you wish to pay in full ‘up-front’, then a 10% discount of £800.00 is offered (total course fee £7,200.00).

For further information, please email our Training Administrator Dan Smith on training@theawarenesscentre.com or call 020 8673 4545.

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