I am interested in becoming a counsellor, however, do not know where to start! Your previous answers I find not very helpful! If I were to take this course, what opportunities would I gain at the end? Would I be able to get a job in counselling? What further courses would I need?
Asked by Cassie Barker - Felixstowe Submitted 1748 days ago
Although there are no State regulations governing the title ‘Counsellor’, we would not suggest that you would be able to claim to be a competent practitioner by only doing ours or anyone else’s courses. It takes more than studying a course to become an accredited counsellor. However, our courses an excellent first step in the process. Around 90% of our students are already in the helping professions and use our courses to add value to their current helping role. If you are not in this position, then we would advise you to volunteer with a counselling organisation to gain the necessary supervised practice hours you would require to enter this sector. The NHS Careers web-site will give a flavour of what might be needed to enter the public side of counselling. (See their link for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner). Our student advisors can give advice on suitable courses such as course 4000 Diploma in Counselling or 5000N Diploma in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling both of which offer comprehensive coverage of counselling, personal qualities required in counselling, counselling techniques and speciailist areas of counselling.