The CICS Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice is Year 1 of our Qualification Pathway 1. This course is a fully in person training held in our premises in Letchworth Garden City and can not be accessed online.
It provides a foundation level training in therapeutic practice for applicants wanting to qualify as a sex and relationship therapist but who do not yet have a counselling qualification.
The Foundation course is equivalent to 150 hours of training, 120 live teaching hours and a further 30 hours of home study. Successful completion of the course results in the award of an NCP Accredited Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice and leads to access to Years 2 and 3 of Qualification Pathway 1, our Diploma in Clinical Sexology programme.
The therapeutic theoretical orientation of the course is “pluralism”. Pluralism is an emerging way of thinking about therapy, based on the fundamental assumption that no one therapeutic approach has the monopoly on understanding the causes of distress or on the most helpful therapeutic responses. Instead, it suggests that different clients are likely to want, and benefit from, different things in therapy. We teach a range of contemporary approaches to therapy, to best serve each unique client, whilst maintaining the centrality of the client, relational working and the therapeutic alliance to all counselling and psychotherapy work.
The course comprises of 20 days of practice in pluralistic counselling skills over 10 live teaching weekends, supported by comprehensive home study materials and online modules, accessed via our e-learning platform.
Providing Therapy Online and The Impact of Race and Culture on the Therapeutic Relationship are offered as online learning modules.
To apply for the CICS Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice course you must have a degree, or equivalent level of training or work experience, in one of the following subjects:
If you do not have an eligible degree but feel you work in a relevant field and have demonstrated an aptitude for counselling skills, please submit an application and we will give it due consideration.
Students are required to undertake personal therapy with a UKCP, BACP or COSRT accredited therapist for a total of 20 hours whilst attending the course.
Assessment comprises of evidence of understanding and personal reflection submissions for each module and two formal essays.
£2,600 including VAT, for the full course and all materials. £400 non-refundable deposit followed by 10 monthly payments of £220.
To apply for the CICS Foundation Course please complete the form below: