Diploma in Integrative Counselling

BACP Accredited Course. Equivalent to a Level 5.

If you have completed the TAC Foundation Certificate in Counselling, or an equivalent certificate in counselling from another training institute, and are looking to qualify as a professional counsellor, our BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling is your key to future success. This face-to-face, level 5 equivalent, part-time course runs over two years and offers a comprehensive range of teaching. You will be guided and mentored by highly experienced tutors who are committed to supporting you in understanding the different approaches to counselling, including Gestalt, Existential, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Object Relations, Solution Focused, Transactional Analysis, and Transpersonal.

Our next course starts on 20th September 2024.
Diploma in Integrative Counselling - BACP Accredited

Integrative Counselling Course Benefits:

All of our courses at TAC Training School are designed and run by specialists in the field. The Diploma in Integrative Counselling course allows those with a Foundation Certificate in Counselling, or an equivalent certificate in counselling from another training institute, to further their qualifications and train as a professional counsellor.

With our Diploma in Integrative Counselling, you will:
  • Become qualified to work as a counsellor through face-to-face teaching
  • Study a BACP Accredited Counselling Diploma Course. Successful graduates of BACP accredited courses can apply to join the BACP Register directly without having to sit the Certificate of Proficiency.
  • Learn about a range of humanistic, psychodynamic, and solution-focused approaches and how they apply within Petrūska Clarkson’s five-relationship model
  • Have the option to apply for an in-house counselling placement at The Awareness Centre, or an external placement from our list of providers, where you will gain clinical experience
  • Enhance your ability to provide both short and long-term therapy for a variety of presenting issues
  • Become confident in developing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship with clients and making more informed choices about appropriate counselling interventions, especially with the support of your tutors and supervisors
  • Develop awareness of conscious and unconscious motivators in counselling work
  • Create and develop your own philosophy and approach to integrative counselling
  • Deepen your personal development and get a better sense of yourself on the journey to becoming a qualified counsellor

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the training process, our team is here to answer them – big or small. Don’t hesitate to call us!

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Counselling Placements

The Awareness Centre runs one of the biggest voluntary counselling placements in London. Students can apply for placements within our NHS Talking Therapies Services in Lambeth, Sutton and Wandsworth and at our Clapham Centre within our Low Cost Counselling Service. These placements support students’ training, allowing them to develop their clinical experience working with clients on a short and long-term basis, face-to-face and online. Our placements include clinical supervision and indemnity insurance for students.

We also offer access to a comprehensive list of external providers. Please note, some placement providers require students to apply for indemnity insurance.

FIND OUT MORE

If you would like any further information, please contact the Training School team at [email protected] or call 020 3051 8235.

Course Content Overview

The Diploma in Integrative Counselling is delivered in six modules across two years, which are designed to give you a comprehensive overview of becoming an integrative counsellor, how to develop a therapeutic relationship and how to integrate theory into practice by finding your own style as a therapist.  

These modules include:

  • A comprehensive curriculum taught via theory lectures, seminars and weekend workshops
  • You’ll study Petrūska Clarkson’s relational model of therapy, which explores five facets of the therapeutic relationship:
    • The working alliance
    • The person-to-person or real relationship
    • The transference/counter-transference relationship
    • The developmentally needed or reparative relationship
    • The transpersonal relationship
  • Therapeutic skills sessions and personal and professional development work
  • Opportunities for cultural, personal, group and theoretical reflection
  • Education about a range of presenting issues, including addiction, anxiety and depression, loss, risk, transcultural issues, gender and sexuality and diagnosis and medication.

Skills Workshops

In addition to the course modules, we offer a series of twelve skills workshops over the two year training, each facilitated by an experienced practitioner in the field.

Module 1:

  • Difference & Diversity
  • Anxiety & Depression

Module 2:

  • Working with Guilt & Shame
  • Medication, Diagnoses and Multidisciplinary Team

Module 3:

  • Suicide & Risk Assessment
  • Working with Addiction

Module 4:

  • Working with Gender and Sexuality
  • Working with Transcultural Issues

Module 5:

  • Neurodiversity
  • Working with Loss and Bereavement

Module 6:

  • Working with Dreams
  • Preparing for Private Practice

Integrative Counselling Course Assessment

The TAC Diploma in Integrative Counselling Course is assessed through a number of written assessments on top of personal therapy sessions and peer reviews. Your general progress and attendance will also be monitored on this course to ensure you have everything you need for your success in integrative counselling on completion of the course. 

To complete the course you will be required to:

  • Attend 80% of the training
  • Demonstrate satisfactory progress in your ability to meet the demanding requirements of the course and your potential to carry out clinical work on placement
  • Show development of theoretical understanding and growth/awareness in counselling skills practice, personal development and group process. This will be measured through self-assessment and feedback from your tutor and peers
  • Complete and pass five written assignments (3,500 words each)
  • Attend end-of-module tutorials
  • Have 80 sessions of personal therapy with a qualified integrative practitioner
  • Complete a minimum of 150 supervised clinical practice hours.

Please note that time commitment is around 20 hours per week.

Academic Writing Assistance (Optional)

TAC works with Ash Phipps to give students access to tuition in academic writing. Ash has 10 years’ experience teaching study skills strategies to students who want to develop their writing skills and specialises in SpLDs (dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, ADD, Autism).

For any further questions and fees, please call 020 3051 8235 or email [email protected]

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the training process, our team is here to answer them – big or small. Don’t hesitate to call us!

Course Fees

Our courses can become oversubscribed, so we encourage early enrolment. Places on each intake will be offered to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Daytime Course September 2024 – July 2026

Fridays, for two years

  • Dates: 20th September 2024 – 3rd July 2026
  • Time: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Location: TAC Clapham
  • Fee: Year 1 – £4,625, Year 2 – £4,625

Enrolment closes 30th June 2024 – Last remaining places

MODULE 1

FRIDAY

SUNDAY (10:00 – 16:00)

Induction

20-Sep-24 PM

Week 1

27-Sep-24

Week 2

4-Oct-24

WORKSHOP – WORKING WITH DIFFERENCE & DIVERSITY with Bonny Allyson

6-Oct-24

Week 3

11-Oct-24

Week 4

18-Oct-24

Week 5

25-Oct-24

HALF TERM 1st November 2024

Week 6

8-Nov-24

Week 7

15–Nov-24 ONLINE

WORKSHOP – WORKING WITH ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION with Emma Leonce

17-Nov-24

Week 8

22–Nov-24 ONLINE

Week 9

29-Nov-24 ONLINE

Week 10

6-Dec24

MODULE 2

FRIDAY

SUNDAY

Week 11

17-Jan-25

WORKSHOP – DIAGNOSIS AND MEDICATION with Dr Soumitra Burman-Roy

19-Jan-25

Week 12

24-Jan-25

Week 13

31-Jan-25

Week 14

7-Feb-25

Week 15

14-Feb-25

HALF TERM 21st February 2025

Week 16

28-Feb-25

Week 17

7-Mar-25

Week 18

14-Mar-25

WORKSHOP – WORKING WITH GUILT AND SHAME with Patrizia Vadala

16-Mar-25

Week 19

21-Mar-25

Week 20

28-Mar-25

MODULE 3

FRIDAY

SUNDAY

Week 21

25-Apr-25

Week 22

2-May-25

Week 23

9-May-25

Week 24

16-May-25

WORKSHOP – SUICIDE AND RISK with Bonny Allyson

18-May-25

Week 25

23-May-25

HALF TERM 2nd June

Week 26

13-Jun-25

WORKSHOP – WORKING WITH ADDICTION with Mirek Polanowski

15-Jun-25

Week 27

20-Jun-25

Week 28

27-Jun-25

Week 29

4-Jul-25

Week 30

11-Jul-25

MODULE 4

FRIDAY

SUNDAY

Week 31

26-Sep-25

Week 32

3-Oct-25

Week 33

10-Oct-25

Week 34

17-Oct-25

WORKSHOP – WORKING WITH TRANSCULTURAL ISSUES with Bonny Allyson

19-Oct-25

Week 35

24-Oct-25

HALF TERM 31st October 2025

Week 36

7-Nov-25

Week 37

14-Nov-25

WORKSHOP – WORKING WITH GENDER AND SEXUALITY with Eleni Henderson

16-Nov-25

Week 38

21-Nov-25

Week 39

28-Nov-25

Week 40

5-Dec-25

MODULE 5

FRIDAY

SUNDAY

Week 41

16-Jan-26

Week 42

23-Jan-26

WORKSHOP – WORKING WITH NEURODIVERSITY with Dianne Zaccheo

25-Jan-26

Week 43

30-Jan-26

Week 44

6-Feb-26

Week 45

13-Feb-26

HALF TERM 20th February 2026

Week 46

27-Feb-26

Week 47

6-Mar-26

WORKSHOP – WORKING WITH LOSS AND BEREAVEMENT with Mirek Polanowski

8-Mar-26

Week 48

13-Mar-26

Week 49

20-Mar-26

Week 50

27-Mar-26

MODULE 6

FRIDAY

SUNDAY

Week 51

24-Apr-26

Week 52

1-May-26

Week 53

8-May-26

WORKSHOP – WORKING WITH DREAMS with Elizabeth Betts

10-May-26

Week 54

15-May-26

Week 55

22-May-26

HALF TERM 29th May 2026

Week 56

5-Jun-26

Week 57

12-Jun-26

WORKSHOP – PREPARING PRIVATE PRACTICE with Amy Launder

14-Jun-26

Week 58

19-Jun-26

Week 59

26-Jun-26

Week 60

3-Jul-26

Evening Course September 2024 – July 2026

Tuesday & Thursday evenings, for two years

  • Dates: 24th September 2024 – 2nd July 2026
  • Time: 18:00 – 21:30
  • Location: TAC Clapham
  • Fee: Year 1 – £4,625, Year 2 – £4,625

Enrolment closes 30th June 2024

All classes take place in CLAPHAM from 6pm until 9:30pm unless stated otherwise

MODULE 1

TUESDAY

THURSDAY

SUNDAY (10:00-16:00)

Induction

Week 1

24-Sep-24

26-Sep-24

Week 2

1-Oct-24

3-Oct-24

Week 3

8-Oct-24

10-Oct-24

WORKSHOP – WORKING WITH DIFFERENCE & DIVERSITY with Bonny Allyson

13-Oct-24

Week 4

15-Oct-24

17-Oct-24

Week 5

22-Oct-24

24-Oct-24

HALF TERM 28th October – 3rd November 2024

Week 6

5-Nov-24

7-Nov-24

Week 7

12-Nov-24 ONLINE

14-Nov-24 ONLINE

Week 8

19-Nov-24 ONLINE

21-Nov-24 ONLINE

WORKSHOP – WORKING WITH ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION with Emma Leonce

24-Nov-24

Week 9

26-Nov-24 ONLINE

28-Nov-24 ONLINE

Week 10

3-Dec-24

5-Dec-24

MODULE 2

TUESDAY

THURSDAY

SUNDAY

Week 11

14-Jan-25

16-Jan-25

Week 12

21-Jan-25

23-Jan-25

Week 13

28-Jan-25

30-Jan-25

WORKSHOP – DIAGNOSIS AND MEDICATION with Dr Soumitra Burman-Roy

2-Feb-25

Week 14

4-Feb-25

6-Feb-25

Week 15

11-Feb-25

13-Feb-25

HALF TERM 17th February – 23rd February 2025

Week 16

25-Feb-25

27-Feb-25

Week 17

4-Mar-25

6-Mar-25

Week 18

9-Mar-25

WORKSHOP – WORKING WITH GUILT AND SHAME with Patrizia Vadala

11-Mar-25

13-Mar-25

Week 19

18-Mar-25

20-Mar-25

Week 20

25-Mar-25

27-Mar-25

MODULE 3

TUESDAY

THURSDAY

SUNDAY

Week 21

22-Apr-25

24-Apr-25

Week 22

29-Apr-25

1-May-25

Week 23

6-May-25

8-May-25

WORKSHOP – SUICIDE AND RISK ASSESSMENT with Bonny Allyson

11-May-25

Week 24

13-May-25

15-May-25

Week 25

20-May-25

22-May-25

HALF TERM 26th May – 1st June 2025

Week 26

24-Jun-25

26-Jun-25

Week 27

1-Jul-25

3-Jul-25

WORKSHOP – WORKING WITH GENDER AND SEXUALITY with Eleni Henderson

8-Jul-25

10-Jul-25

Week 28

13-Jul-25

Week 29

15-Jul-25

17-Jul-25

Week 30

22-Jul-25

24-Jul-25

MODULE 4

TUESDAY

THURSDAY

SUNDAY

Week 31

23-Sep-25

25-Sep-25

Week 32

30-Sep-25

2-Oct-25

Week 33

7-Oct-25

9-Oct-25

Payment options

Full payment:  Initial deposit of £500 required on course agreement. Balance payment £8750. Total – £9,250

Yearly payment:Year 1 – Initial deposit of £500 required on course agreement. Balance payment £4125. Year 2 – Full payment £4625. Total – £9,250

Monthly payment: Initial deposit of £500 required on course agreement. 24 x monthly instalments of £393.75 by direct debit. Total –  £9,950. (This increased fee includes administration costs).

All fees are inclusive of 20% VAT. Deposits are non-refundable.

If you have any questions, give us a call to talk through course and payment plans on 020 3051 8235.

FIND OUT MORE

If you would like any further information, please contact the Training School team at [email protected] or call 020 3051 8235.

Diploma in Integrative Counselling: Course FAQs

Is this course accredited by the BACP?

Yes, our Diploma in Integrative Counselling was accredited by BACP in May 2024. BACP is recognised as the leading accreditation body for training courses in counselling, so you can be confident that the course meets the highest professional standards.

Who does the teaching?

We ensure that all of our tutors are experienced counselling professionals. During the Diploma in Counselling course, you will attend face-to-face skills workshops and lectures provided by our specialist faculty members. We strive to provide you with the most valuable training experience possible. Find out more about the faculty here.

Who can apply for the Diploma in Integrative Counselling course?

Those who have previously completed the TAC Foundation Certificate in Counselling or an equivalent Certificate with another training organisation.

When does the Diploma in Integrative Counselling Course start?

This is a two-year, part-time course plus two one-day weekend workshops per term at one of our training locations in Clapham and Tooting, South London. This overall training makes up 450+ guided learning hours over two years. We have intakes starting every April and September, so there is always a course available to suit you.

When can I enrol on the Diploma in Integrative Counselling?

Our intakes start every September and April, so there is always availability for students wishing to enrol. Please complete the online enrolment form and a member of the training team will be in touch to discuss options and next steps.

What is an integrative approach in counselling?

An integrative approach to counselling involves looking beyond typical counselling perspectives and helping clients to learn more about the deep-rooted causes of their issues. During the course we will study different therapy models to give students a wide-reaching overview of varying specialist perspectives.

How much time can I expect to give to the course?

Taking into account background reading, attending lectures, workshops and personal therapy, as well as clinical work and supervision, you can expect the course to take up to 20 hours per week.

What’s involved in the enrolment process?

Submit the online enrolment form, which includes a personal statement. You will then be invited to an online interview with a senior member of the Training School team. The interview is structured to give all students a similar experience. You will be asked questions to ensure that you have a secure grounding in counselling skills, as well as the time availability and emotional maturity to be able to commit to making the course a success.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the training process, our team is here to answer them – big or small. Don’t hesitate to call us!

Student Reviews

Students on our Diploma in Integrative Counselling students have provided some great feedback on what developing your counselling skills can be like at The Awareness Centre. Read about their experience at The Awareness Centre Training School.

I found the Gestalt therapeutic model very much inline with my idea of a healthy soul. It takes a holistic approach to mental health and well being. My theory tutor Patrizia was very good in teaching this model. I found her warm and pleasant. She was also very patient and accomodating in modeling how the Gestalt model works in a therapist and client counselling session which helped bring theory and practice together.

A.A

I really valued the quality and variety of teaching at TAC, each of our tutors brought a combination of theoretical insight and practical experience to support our learning.

J.L

I have been very happy with the quality of teaching and the support I have received from the team at The Awareness Centre so far, as a student on the Foundation in Counselling Course in 2020 and now the first year of the Diploma in Integrative Counselling. I particularly resonated with the empathy and unconditional positive regard offered by the tutors on this course. It has been a life-enriching experience for me, and I’m sure it will continue to be.

L.R

Course Fee Excludes:

  • Course Supervision (12 x Group and Individual): £75/mth, payable to your TAC Course Supervisor.
  • Student BACP Membership registration – £86 a year.
  • Personal Therapy – varies depending on Therapist.
  • Some placement providers require students to apply for indemnity insurance. The Awareness Centre placements include indemnity insurance for students.

FIND OUT MORE

If you would like any further information, please contact the Training School team at [email protected] or call 020 3051 8235.

The Tutors

Click on the profiles below to learn more about our Diploma in Integrative Counselling tutors.
Emma Leonce

Emma Leonce – Lead Foundation Tutor/Lead Diploma Tutor

Ben Dustin

Ben Dustin – Diploma Tutor

Patrizia Vadalà

Patrizia Vadalà – Lead Foundation Tutor/ Diploma Tutor

Jeremy OSullivan bacp accredited course

Jeremy O’Sullivan – Diploma Tutor

Steve Henfrey bacp accredited course

Steve Henfrey – Diploma Tutor

Elizabeth Betts

Elizabeth Betts – Visiting Diploma Tutor

Dr Soumitra Burman-Roy

Dr Soumitra Burman-Roy – Visiting Diploma Tutor

Amy Launder

Amy Launder – Visiting Diploma Tutor

Dr Catherine Wilson

Dr Catherine Wilson – Visiting Diploma Tutor

Eleni Henderson

Eleni Henderson – Visiting Diploma Tutor

Mirek Polanowski

Mirek Polanowski – Diploma Tutor

Bonny Allyson

Bonny Allyson – Lead Foundation Tutor/ Diploma Tutor

Karen Dempsey The Awareness Centre

Karen Dempsey – Lead Diploma Tutor

Domenica Stilwell

Domenica Stilwell – Diploma Tutor

Chris Gresch

Chris Gresch – Lead Diploma Tutor

Ash Phipps

Ash Phipps – Study Skills Tutor

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the training process, our team is here to answer them – big or small. Don’t hesitate to call us!