Counselling Training & CPD Courses

Counselling Training & CPD Courses

Bottisham Village College Adult Learning has been running professionally accredited counselling training since 1986.

Our intention is to offer the following courses in a classroom setting, but if it is necessary to deliver the courses online to meet local Covid-19 restrictions at the time, we have the ability to do so. 

Our Counselling Programme includes a range of training for those interested in working as counsellors/ psychotherapists, from gaining basic counselling skills to advanced courses for experienced practitioners. All training programmes subscribe to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  ASIIP (the Adlerian Society and Institute for Individual Psychology, UK) is an organisational member of the BACP.  The courses have a high reputation and students are in demand for placements during the Diploma.

The Adlerian Approach
Adlerian Counselling derives from the work of the Viennese psychiatrist, Alfred Adler (1870-1937).  Adler developed many key concepts and practices that have now been absorbed into other approaches and applications. The evolving theories and practice of humanistic, cognitive and psychodynamic approaches all move close to a position adopted by Adlerian practitioners, identifying its integrative nature.  It is a depth psychology that is socially based, practical and optimistic.  A great deal of importance is placed on creating a counselling relationship that is equal, co-operative, empathic and encouraging. To facilitate insight and movement, Adlerian counsellors frequently work with early recollections, dreams and metaphor and may use a variety of creative approaches such as art therapy, psychodrama and written exercises alongside the ‘talking therapy’.

Adler particularly emphasised the importance of community, and of family and teacher education, promoting a democratic approach to living with a practical focus on encouraging children.  Adlerian psychology has been used in a variety of settings including parenting education, the classroom, coaching, business management as well as prisons and social work in addition to counselling/psychotherapy.  Past learners from the BVC counselling programme have been involved in these areas as well as supervision.  

Adler’s principles continue to be the basis of practice, research and publications throughout the world.  The course is fortunate to be able to draw on experienced practitioners from the UK and beyond to enrich the learning on the courses.  

Overview of Courses

The Introduction, Certificate* and Diploma* courses are quality assured by Gateway Qualifications as part of their Silver Assured Programme. The courses have been developed to be of equivalent standard to that expected at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 respectively.  The Gateway Assured programmes provide educational providers with the opportunity to gain an independent seal of approval for their own bespoke training packages, as an alternative to Ofqual regulated qualifications.  Successful candidates on our 'Certificate’ course will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance from Gateway in 'Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy - Intermediate' and for the 'Diploma’ course' it will be in 'Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy - Advanced'.

The Certificate* and Diploma* courses run every two years.  The next intake is September 2021.   Application forms can be found to the right hand side of this page.

* Please note that the terms 'Certificate' and 'Diploma' in the context of our Adlerian counselling training programme are levels recognised by the Adlerian Society for accreditation.  They should not be confused with the terms 'Award, Certificate and Diploma' which are usually linked to nationally regulated qualifications. 

Introduction to Counselling (Level 2 equivalent)
This 20 hour course runs termly, subject to numbers.  It sets out a counselling framework and introduces basic counselling skills. This course, or one similar, is a pre-requisite to enter the Certificate in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy course.  Application is by completing a course booking form, which can be downloaded (see 'Related Documents'); no interview is required. 

Certificate in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy* (Level 3 equivalent)
This two year, part-time course (230 hours) provides a foundation in counselling theory, skills and personal development, using an integrative approach underpinned by Adlerian theory and practice.  The course presents both the theory and practice of counselling with an emphasis on experiential work and personal development.  Students are required to have their own personal counselling during the course (minimum 30 hours over the 2 years).

Timing
This is a two year programme over six terms, September – July, with new student entry every two years.  Ten weekly Thursday evening meetings (6.30pm-9.30pm) each term, plus 10.5 full day workshops at the weekends over the two years*.  There is an expectation of at least 5 hours study a week in addition to the training sessions.
*Saturday (occasionally Sunday) one day workshops: 4-5 per year

Accreditation
This course is accredited by the Adlerian Society of the UK, an organisational member of the BACP.

Entry Requirements
Minimum age: 21 years.  Students are required to have received a minimum of 15 hours introductory counselling skills training within the last 4 years prior to beginning the course (for example our 10 week Level 2 Introduction to Counselling course).  Acceptance on the course is subject to satisfactory interview.  An openness and capacity for learning and a readiness for ongoing personal development may prove more important than past academic achievement.

Year One
• Core Counselling Skills
• Fundamentals of Adlerian Psychology
• Lifestyle Assessment
• Lifestyle Assessment – Case Study
• Grief and Loss
• Personal Development 1

Year Two
• Advanced Counselling Skills
• Introduction to Other Models of Counselling
• Introduction to Family and Couples Counselling
• Lifestyle Assessment – Case Study 2
• Working with Difference
• Special Interest Topic
• Personal Development 2

Visiting specialist trainers present workshops and some evening sessions.

Tutors
Alison Cutmore BSc, Dip IIP and MBACP is co-tutor on the Certificate in Adlerian Counselling course.  Before becoming a counsellor, Alison read psychology at University.  After becoming very interested in the work of Adler, Alison completed her Diploma at Bottisham and is now a self employed counsellor, specialising in work with adolescents and adults.   

Natalie Easthope BA (Hons), Dip IIP and MBACP is co-tutor on the Certificate in Adlerian Counselling course.  Before becoming a counsellor, Natalie worked in Human Resources and Training, where her passion was staff wellbeing.  She currently runs a private practice, working mainly with teens and young adults.  Natalie also has experience of working as a counsellor in a secondary school and counselling centre.

Application forms are available to the right of this page.  This should be submitted with two full written references and evidence of 15 hours minimum prior counselling skills training by 7 June 2021.  Formal interviews for those shortlisted take place at the end of June/beginning of July.  Interviews for the Certificate programme are conducted by the tutor and an external interviewer. 

Areas explored include:
• relevant practical, professional and personal experience
• how you plan to make use of the course
• your strengths and areas for development
• what implications the course may have on you and your personal life and responsibilities
 
Fees: £1500 per year.  Fees include all tuition, weekend workshops and tutorials.  Personal counselling needs to be budgeted for separately.   

Payment Schedule:  If you are offered a place on the course, a non-refundable deposit of £150 is payable on acceptance of your offer in July, followed by an initial payment of £350 in September, then 8 monthly instalments of £125 pcm (October to May) to cover the remaining £1000.  You will be responsible for setting up your own monthly instalments via BACS.  Please ask the Adult Learning Office for bank details.

A small charge of £10 will be payable at the end of the two year course for your Certificate from ASIIP.

Diploma in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy* (Level 4 Equivalent)
After completion of the Certificate in Adlerian Counselling, or its equivalent, students may enter the two year Diploma programme (a further 225 hours' training) plus clinical placement under supervision.  The Certificate and Diploma together will give students 456 hours of theory and skills, alongside ongoing personal development and a minimum of 100 hours supervised clinical practice.  The Diploma equips students with the additional skills necessary to practise counselling on a professional basis.  The Introduction, Certificate and Diploma courses will provide a total of 476 hours.

The curriculum covers:
• Advanced Counselling Skills
• Clinical Issues and Psychotherapy
• Advanced Adlerian Approaches
• Creative Approaches in Counselling
• Comparative Approaches
• Social and Cultural Issues
• Ethical Practice

Internationally renowned trainers from the USA, Canada, Israel, Germany and the UK present the weekend workshops, as well as other specialists being invited to facilitate many of the evening sessions.

Timing
Two year programme over six terms, September – July, with new student entry every two years.  There are six fortnightly Tuesday evening meetings of three hours, plus three full day workshops at the weekends each term.  In relation to their clinical placement, students are also required to receive fortnightly training supervision sessions of one and a half hours throughout the two year training period.

Accreditation
This course is accredited by the Adlerian Society of the UK, an organisational member of the BACP.

Entry Requirements
Satisfactory completion of the Certificate in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy (within the past 4 years).  Evidence of equivalent training will also be considered and students will need to complete an Intensive Introduction to Adlerian Counselling. 

Modules
Adlerian Practice
Child Development, The Family and Relationships
Comparative Approaches
Developing Practitioner Skills
Mental Health
Self-Reflective Practice
Supervision

Each term, there are three day workshops facilitated by practitioners well known in their field.  Examples of workshops include: Grief Counselling, Counselling Adolescents and their Families, Comparative Approaches in Therapy, Art Therapy, Psychodrama, Clinical Issues, Referral Issues, Medication and Counselling, Couples Counselling.

Clinical Placement and Clinical Supervision
Students receive guidance regarding appropriate clinical placements, and there are a number of agencies that offer placements for Bottisham students following satisfactory interview.  Supervision is provided fortnightly in dyads with a training supervisor appointed by the course, and is a crucial part of the programme.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours satisfactory clinical practice.

Tutors
Bruce Tate Registered Member MBACP (Accred), BA Hons co-ordinates the Adlerian Counselling programme at Bottisham Village College. Bruce currently works as an independent therapist alongside training commitments. He has attended Adlerian training in Europe, the USA and Canada, and has completed training with Pink Therapy. He teaches at the International Adlerian Summer School (www.icassi.net ). He has led training in Ireland, Slovakia, the USA, Singapore and Greece. Plans for 2021/22 include teaching online or in person in Athens an Ireland as well as developing training resources for training programme in Shanghai. 

Janina Bell BA (Hons), PGCE, Dip IIP (Counselling), MBACP (registered), MASIIP is co-tutor on the Diploma course at Bottisham Village College.  With a background in education and social care, she is an experienced counsellor and trainer, running a private practice working with children and adults.  She has a particular interest in family and parenting work and runs regular workshops for parents with adopted children.

Fees: £2200 per year.  Fees include all tuition, weekend workshops and tutorials. Personal counselling and clinical training supervision need to be budgeted for separately. 

Payment Schedule:  If you are offered a place on the course, a non-refundable deposit of £200 is payable on acceptance of your offer in July, followed by an initial payment of £400 in September, then 8 monthly instalments of £200 pcm (October to May) to cover the remaining £1600.  You will be responsible for setting up your own monthly instalments via BACS.  Please ask the Adult Learning Office for bank details.

A small charge of £10 will be payable at the end of the two year course for your Certificate from ASIIP.

Students have free access to the Adlerian Society’s library of specialised books and journals housed at Bottisham Village College.  Please contact the Adult Learning office for further details.

Continuing Professional Development

Bottisham Village College offers a range of CPD Workshops for counsellors and psychotherapists throughout the year which will be of interest to experienced practitioners wishing to meet the Continuing Professional Development requirements of bodies such as the BACP or the UKCP.  Participants may apply to attend any of the workshops advertised, and will receive a CPD certificate of attendance.  

Details can also be found on Adlerian Society website: www.adleriansociety.co.uk.  These workshops are open to anyone attending in a professional capacity or to counselling students studying at an appropriate level at Centres other than Bottisham Village College.  Fees are payable for the day or weekend, as appropriate.  We attract internationally renowned speakers to present our workshops and feedback from participants confirms the high quality of these events.

Advanced Certificate in Counselling Studies
It is also possible to complete assessed training using our CPD Workshops as core modules.  This involves tutorial sessions and a series of assignments.  This modular training is valuable CPD in itself but also may be helpful for learners who wish to build up assessed training to meet the requirements of professional bodies, eg BACP accreditation.  Further information can be found under Advanced Certificate in Counselling Studies.

The Advanced Certificate in Counselling Studies is accredited by the Adlerian Society (a component body of BACP). 

Useful Websites:

www.adleriansociety.co.uk (The Adlerian Society)

www.icassi.net (The International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes)

www.alfredadler.org  (NASAP The North American Society of Adlerian Psychology)

www.cambridgesupervisiontraining.org  (Cambridge Supervision Training)

Susan Tarasewicz
Adult Learning Manager
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