Person Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression AdvCert

Person Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression AdvCert

UCLan’s Advanced Certificate in Person Centred Experiential 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




STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: Part-time: Approximately three months

SCHOOL: School of Community Health and Midwifery

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston


Entry Requirements:


  • A diploma in humanistic or person-centred counselling or psychotherapy and evidence of working towards BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist accreditation or equivalent.
  • To be employed or have a placement in an IAPT service to provide CfD



  • 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.

Course Content

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

Industry links & professional accreditation


Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

Fees: £3600 per 20 credit module

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Post-registration Recruitment 
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

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Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400