I have recently completed a BA Hons in Modern Languages. I am very interested in counselling, however I have no previous experience in this field - is this an issue? If I were able to study for the Diploma in Counselling, what type of job opportunities would be available to me? Would I be able to work as a counsellor or would this require further study?
Asked by Kim - Durham, England Submitted 1725 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 offer 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.