Course 3 – Chrysalis Diploma

Psychotherapeutic Counselling Practice (Prof. Dip Psy C.)

Registered successful candidates will achieve a Prince’s Trust Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Practice 603/6873/1.

Choose this advanced course if you wish to become a professional counsellor/psychotherapist and wish to gain, through qualification, a route onto an Accredited Register approved by the Professional Standards Authority.

Since its launch in 2012, the Accredited Register programme is the benchmark for counsellors and therapists and can provide public confidence in your services.

This is our recommended course as it fully meets current professional requirements and is the most cost-efficient way to enter our profession. You’ll be able to offer concrete help and appropriate solutions to clients, taking an active role in assisting them heal and reach their full potential.

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Course Benefits*

  • Become recognised as a registered counsellor and earn a Professional Diploma (Prof.Dip Psy C).
  • Course fully Accredited by the National Counselling Society.
  • Join as an M.N.C.S. (Acc) with many membership benefits including eligibility to join the Royal Society for Public Health.
  • Meets the entry requirements for the Society's Accredited Register for Counsellors, recognised by the Professional Standards Authority.
  • Registered successful candidates will receive an RQF Level 5 Diploma from Prince's Trust.
  • A clear and rapid upgrade route to Level 6 (Higher Education) qualifications on passing this course.

* Subject to terms and conditions

Study Methods

Practical classroom work; Chrysalis VLE; Practice Groups; Homework assignments; Reflective Journal; Formally Supervised Placement; Focus on practical work with no final exam.

Supervision & Placement

This course requires 100 hours of supervised practice on an approved external placement, please note that there may be additional supervision fees dependant on placement.


Course Length:

3 Years*


Level 5 Diploma

Courses Studied:

Courses 1, 2 & 3

Course Price:

All course Pricing

From 104/pm


Year 1 & 2: Previous Classes as per Chrysalis Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory (see page 12). Year 3, over 12 Classes, you’ll study the following seven components:

  • Key Models Incorporated Within The Pluralistic Approach 1: The Psychodynamic Approach You will evaluate the main contributions to the development of psychodynamic counselling and Object Relations theory and therapy, learning about relationship dynamics within the therapy room and conducting safe and ethical supervised practice.
  • Key Models Incorporated Within The Pluralistic Approach 2: The Humanistic Approach You will review the key models within this approach, developing more understanding of the process of therapy and personal growth, with further development of use of the core conditions along with ethical understanding of boundaries and practicalities such as contracting with clients in supervised practice.
  • Key Models Incorporated Within The Pluralistic Approach 3: Cognitive Behavioural Approach You will build on previous learning, examining the theory and methods of these approaches along with developing self-awareness and reflection and understanding of the impact of diversity and difference on the experience of therapy.
  • Understanding Depression & Human Relationships You will review therapeutic and medical models of depression, understand how depression is treated in the UK and the role of counselling and psychotherapy. Risk assessment and working ethically is considered in detail. You will explore relationship models within therapy, the purpose and value of the therapeutic relationship regardless of approach used, and the importance of working within professional codes of ethics.
  • Abuse And Addiction You will explore abuse, addiction, eating disorders, and self-harm in detail along with how these may co- exist. The ethics of working with clients experiencing deeper issues are considered including what level and type of support counselling can offer, and when referral or specialisation would best support the client. You will explore in detail the ethical requirement of supervision and learn about different formats and the supervisory relationship.
  • Personal And Professional Development Reflecting on your personal and professional development throughout the course, what this means to you and your practice and understanding the importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • Counselling Practicum You reflect on your work with your clients in your Placement, reviewing your own experience of supervised work, evaluating your clinical work and working within guidelines and policies of an organisation, reflection on own practical work as you build your 100 supervised clinical hours.
  • Evaluating The Use Of Evidence In Counselling Practice You will evaluate the contribution of research studies to the practice of counselling with a focus on different types of studies from randomised controlled trials to the significance of the case study in the development of ideas in counselling.
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