Why train with us?

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The world of counselling training can prove to be a minefield. There is an extensive range and variety of courses available and it is important that you choose the right path for you.

Things to consider when choosing your training path:

Which modality you wish to train in
There are many different types of counselling, often known as modalities. Prior to embarking on a Diploma or Degree level training course it is important to have identified the right modality for you. An Introduction to Counselling course and/or a Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory course will assist you in making this decision.

How it works at BCS
Basingstoke Counselling Service (BCS) offers a range of courses which together form a progressive training journey culminating in Qualified Counsellor status at Diploma level.

At our Introduction level our approach is generic, informing you of different types of counselling. However as you progress through the training the content becomes more specialised. BCS is predominantly a psychodynamic counselling organisation and as such this is evident in the training we offer.

Psychodynamic counselling focuses on understanding, and working with, the root causes of emotional and mental health issues, which often stem from early experiences.

Basingstoke Counselling Service is part of the National Counselling Network, the largest Counselling network for psychodynamic training in the UK

Where you want to train
The main choice to make here is between an educational training establishment, such as a Higher Education/Further Education College or University and a Professional Counselling Organisation with a training programme. Inevitable factors such as location, availability and cost will of course influence your decision, particularly at Certificate level, however when choosing your Certificate course it is worth considering factors which will affect you further along your training journey should you decide to take that route.

What qualification do you come out with at the end?
Because of the variety of counselling training courses available and the different levels of attainment achievable within the same ‘level’ it is vital that you gain an understanding of what each course you are considering offers.

For example; some ‘Certificate’ courses will enable you to move on to a Diploma or Degree level training, whilst others will require a higher level ‘Certificate’ before you can reach Diploma level. Whilst some Diploma courses offer Qualified Counsellor status at the end, others don’t.

How it works at BCS
At BCS we offer a clear path to qualification, should that be your goal. This journey begins with our Introduction to Counselling course and although this is not compulsory for acceptance onto our Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory course it is advised, particularly if you are unsure as to whether a career in counselling is for you.

Following the Introduction to Counselling course comes the one year part-time Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory. If you successfully complete the Certificate and wish to continue with your training, you may then apply for the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, which leads to qualification as a Counsellor. Being a counsellor is a position of responsibility and we believe in providing you with high quality, thorough training when preparing you for this role.

Once you reach Diploma or Degree level there will be a requirement for you to undertake clinical hours as part of your training. Different organisations have different clinical hour requirements and it is important to look at this aspect of the training before deciding.

Always check with the organisation if they have placements arranged or if it is your responsibility to find a placement. Counselling organisations often have in-house placements but do check this.

How it works at BCS
BCS is a busy, vibrant counselling and training organisation at the heart of the local community. As such we have the ability to offer our trainees at Diploma level in-house placements. This means that you not only train with us but you conduct your clinical work and supervision with us. We believe this offers a more cohesive and holding training experience. Studying counselling at Diploma level is an emotionally and academically challenging time. We ensure there is no added stress of finding your own placement, which previous trainees have found invaluable.

Once you begin clinical work it will be a requirement for you to have regular supervision to monitor and guide you in your work. Find out from the organisations you are considering whether they provide supervision and if so if this is included in the cost of the course. Some courses require you to find and pay for external supervision.

How it works at BCS
Basingstoke Counselling Service has a long heritage of providing high quality professional counselling training. We understand the complexities of counselling training and the demands placed on trainees when they begin in clinical practice. We therefore recognise the importance of supporting our trainees through their journey and we perceive in-house supervision to be an essential element of this. Supervision itself is seen as a vital and integral part of the training journey and BCS’s supervisors have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Weekly supervision is included in the cost of the Diploma to ensure that trainees have a consistently high level of support for their clinical work throughout their training.