Chrysalis Diploma

Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory (Dip CST.)

Registered successful candidates will achieve The Prince’s Trust Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory (RQF) 603/6872/X.

Our unique psychotherapeutic counselling training uses a core model based on exploring the client’s past, present and future, then learning different techniques and skills which will help them heal, resolve their issues and achieve their goals.

Choose this course if you want to make great progress towards becoming a counsellor and be recognised for your therapeutic skills.

If you already have a counselling qualification at Level 3 or equivalent, you can start this course in the second year.

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Course Benefits*

  • Become a Therapeutic Skills Practitioner (Dip CST.).
  • Course Quality Checked by the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society.
  • Join as an Associate member with many membership benefits including eligibility to join the Royal Society for Public Health.
  • Stepping stone to the Society's Accredited Register for Counsellors, recognised by the Professional Standards Authority. This is subject to completing further studies.
  • Registered successful candidates will receive an RQF Level 4 Diploma from Prince's Trust.
  • A clear progression path which can lead to professional counselling and Higher Education.
  • 92 Guided Learning Hours

* Subject to terms and conditions

Study Methods

Practical classroom work; Chrysalis VLE; Practice Groups; Homework assignments; Reflective Journal; Study of Skills Practice; Focus on practical work with no final exam.

PLEASE NOTE: Upgrading from this course to longer courses at a later stage is more costly and upgrading may not be possible on courses which are full. Students wishing to take further study should sign up in advance to avoid disappointment.

Course Length:

1 Year


Level 4 Diploma

Courses Studied:

Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory

Course Price:

All course Pricing

From £149.28/pm


Year One: 11 Classes as per Chrysalis Level 3 Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Introducing Counselling Skills. Year Two: Our Syllabus for this year comprises 7 Components taught over 10 full day classes. We teach the contemporary Pluralistic framework (Cooper & McLeod), blending aspects of the three main approaches to counselling and psychotherapy:

  • Foundations of Counselling and Theory Part 1: The Psychodynamic Approach Learning the historic and basic principles of this widely respected approach, starting from the work of Sigmund Freud and his model of the psyche.
  • Foundations of Counselling and Theory Part 2: The Humanistic Approach Concentrating on Carl Rogers' Person Centred Counselling and the work of Abraham Maslow, learning the foundations of all good counselling practice including the Core Conditions, the actualising tendency, the importance of working with the subjective experience of the client, and the process of therapy.
  • Foundations of Counselling and Theory Part 3: The Cognitive Behavioural Approach Learning the work of Aaron Beck and the principles and tools which inform this approach to therapy. Learn bringing structure to sessions and the role played by individual perception and beliefs.
  • Stress, Anxiety & Self-Defeating Behaviours Gaining understanding about these common presenting issues and how to assist people experiencing them. in addition, learning how to establish and maintain a boundaried professional relationship in order to ethically support those who seek counselling help.
  • Relationships, Bereavement And Loss Examining and exploring the role relationships play in individual development and wellbeing, introducing theories of attachment and loss and how to work with grief and loss.
  • Development, Motivation And Goal Achievement Exploring the concept of motivational energy and emotions such as anger and frustration. Reflecting on people's social and cultural experience and the importance of understanding diversity and equality.
  • Understanding Evidence-Based Counselling Practice Gaining understanding of different approaches to research and how studies inform practice. Focusing on evaluating quantitative and qualitative therapy studies and what we can learn from them.
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