UCLan’s Advanced Certificate in Counselling for Depression offers professional development for counsellors who are already trained in Person-centred or Humanistic approaches and who have significant clinical experience. Hence Counselling for Depression (CfD) training intends to both build upon existing knowledge and, more particularly, to align counsellors’ practice with a competence framework which has strong links to research evidence and follows the Curriculum for Counselling for Depression produced by the National IAPT Team. In sum, this course provides you with a thorough grounding in the theory, evidence base and practice of CfD, allowing you to develop your knowledge and competence in psychological clinical assessment and CfD interventions in accordance with national guidelines.
Entry and Admissions
Part-time: Approximately three months
School of Community Health and Midwifery
No Partner College
31st August - 6th September
A diploma in humanistic or person-centred counselling or psychotherapy and evidence of working towards BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist accreditation or equivalent.
A postgraduate qualification in humanistic or person-centred counselling or psychotherapy.
Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they have at least two years’ post qualification experience of providing brief counselling to clients with common mental health problems, particularly depression. This experience will need to be evidenced through references prior to being accepted onto the training.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification (subject to change).
To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2016/17 | 2017/18.
CfD is a manualised form of psychological therapy as recommended by NICE (NICE, 20094) for the treatment of depression. It is a form of psychological therapy derived from the Skills for Health humanistic competence framework devised by Roth, Hill and Pilling (2009), which provided the basis for the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for psychological therapists. This modality targets the emotional problems underlying depression along with the intrapersonal processes, such as low self-esteem and excessive self-criticism, which often maintain depressed mood. The therapy aims to help patients contact underlying feelings, make sense of them and reflect on the new meanings which emerge. This, in turn, provides a basis for psychological and behavioural change. You will attend for 7 taught days at the university, complete 80 hours supervised clinical practice, and attend for a minimum of 6 hours of clinical supervision.
Course at a Glance
- Induction to the IAPT Programme and Understanding Depression
- Orientation to the Competence Framework
- Theoretical Principles and Values
- Working with Depression
- Working Briefly
- The CfD Relational Stance
- Working with Emotional Processes
- Assessment of Competence
- Supervision and Clinical Practice
- Personal & Professional Development
Learning Environment & Assessment:
This course is assessed by:
- 20 minute DVD
- Reflective Essay
- Portfolio (Log of 80 hours of clinical practice and log of 6 Supervision Hours)
- Four audio-recordings of counselling sessions
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Learning outcome & aims
We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.
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Fees & Funding
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Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Part time fee of £3,300 per 20 credit module
How to Apply
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