Counselling Training & CPD Courses

Counselling Training & CPD Courses

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

Changes to Course Dates due to Covid-19:

The next intakes for the 2 year 'Certificate' and 'Diploma' in Adlerian Counselling courses which were due to commence in September 2020 have been deferred to September 2021.  Our next 10 week 'Introduction to Counselling' course will commence in April 2021.  Our intention is to offer these 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.  

For an overview of all of our counselling training courses, please read on:

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 systems. 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 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.

Speaking of figures in the fields of psychology and psychiatry, Henri Ellenberger wrote of Adler: “It would not be easy to find another author from which so much has been borrowed from all sides without acknowledgment than Adler2". 

Overview of Courses
The Level 2 Introduction to Counselling runs termly, subject to numbers.  Application is by completing a course booking form, which can be downloaded (see 'Related Documents'); no interview is required.   The Level 3 Certificate in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy  and the Level 4 Diploma in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy courses run every two years.  The next intake has been deferred from September 2020 to September 2021 due to the coronavirus.   Application forms can be found to the right hand side of this page.

These three courses are part of our Assured Programme with Gateway Assured (a branch of Gateway Qualifications) which provides employers and 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.  Having an Assured Programme means that as an organisation, we have met Gateway's Key Quality Standards and our courses have been recognised by an awarding organisation as being of high quality.  Successful candidates on our 'Certificate’ course will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance from Gateway in 'Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy Stage 1' and for the 'Diploma’ course' it will be in 'Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy Stage 2'. 

* 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
This 20 hour course 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.

Certificate in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy*
This two year, part-time course (250 hours) provides a foundation in counselling theory, skills and personal development, using an integrative approach underpinned by Adlerian theory and practice.

Diploma in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy*
After completion of the 'Certificate in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy', or its equivalent, students may enter the two year Diploma programme (a further 219 hours' training) plus clinical placement under supervision.  Students who have studied a course equivalent to the Certificate elsewhere, may be eligible for entry to the Diploma course, having taken the 'Intensive Introduction to Adlerian Counselling' course.

The Library
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:  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: (The Adlerian Society) (The International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes)  (NASAP The North American Society of Adlerian Psychology)

Susan Tarasewicz
Adult Learning Manager
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