Keele University began offering counselling courses
40 years ago, and is an acknowledged leader in the
field of counselling and psychotherapy training. The
Keele University Certificate in Counselling is a
part-time course offered by the School of
Psychology. The course forms the first year of the part-time BACP accredited MSc Counselling Psychology programme
(year 1: Certificate in Counselling Psychology; Year 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology; Year 3: MSc Counselling Psychology). Year 1 and Year 2 form the BACP accredited Professional Counselling Training route and qualifies students to be professional counsellors.
The Certificate in Counselling is suitable for people from a range of
professional groups including: health, youth and
community, education, clergy, social work,
emergency services, personnel and management,
voluntary agencies, trade union officials and related
groups who wish to improve their communication skills. It can also be an entry route onto the MSc in Counselling Psychology for those who wish to train as professional counsellors.
Tuition takes place once a week during the academic year on a Tuesday afternoon from 12.00 until 5.00 p.m. There is one residential weekend at the
commencement of the course in September, and a
conference weekend will be held in the second
semester, both of which are compulsory.
The course is open to all applicants with an interest
in counselling or improving their communication skills
All applications will be considered on an
individual basis and applicants will be required to
attend an interview.
Applicants must show appropriate motivation and
commitment for participation in a course that
combines both experiential learning and academic
study. Applicants must be willing to comply with the
British Association for Counselling and
Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework and
Guidance on Good Practice in Counselling and
Formal qualifications are not a requirement for entry onto this programme. Life experience and experience of working in a helping a capacity are highly valued when considering candidates for this programme.
Aims of the Course
The course aims to offer participants an introduction to the
theory and practice of counselling and the use of counselling skills. The course contact hours
may, at the British Association of Counsellors and
Psychotherapists’s (BACP) discretion, be counted towards
meeting part of criterion 4 of the BACP’s accreditation
On completion of this Certificate in Counselling students
should have gained competencies in a wide range of
professional knowledge, skills, and self-development
relevant to the practice of counselling.
By the end of the course participants will be expected to be
Effectively sustain a counselling interview and maintain at
least a basic level of competency throughout;
Be aware of the importance of continuing personal
development for counsellors;
Offer a range of strategies appropriate to different stages in
a counselling relationship;
Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and
professional issues appropriate to counselling in the 21st
Demonstrate an understanding of various approaches to
counselling and an ability to evaluate each approach;
Discuss the organisational factors involved in counselling;
Recognise the importance to counsellors of ongoing
In addition students will develop a range of transferable skills
relevant to professional employment, for example, written,
oral and visual communication skills, numerical, information
technology, team working, problem solving, information
handling, research and learning to learn.
For academic enquiries see the Psychology andFor Further Information
Course Structure and Content
The Certificate in Counselling at Keele is a one-year,
part-time course with study days at Keele University
and student-arranged personal therapy. All elements
of the course are compulsory: there are no optional
pathways and a commitment to personal
development is essential. The philosophy of the
course is humanistic.
The model of teaching is a combination of
experiential participation, and theoretical input in the
form of lectures and group work. Personal academic
study of texts and articles, together with written
assignments and reports is integral to the course.
The course content is divided into three modules, two
addressing core counselling competencies, and one
embracing personal development and professional
Content includes the following: Person-Centred
Theory; Active Listening Skills; Counselling Process;
Power and Culture; Confidentiality & Ethical issues;
Loss & Bereavement. The Residential weekend in
September and the conference, which are both
compulsory, will facilitate students in getting a deeper
sense of self; developing a sense of community;
establishing individual and group contracts for the
course; establishing tutor groups.
Class attendance – 100% attendance is expected,
90% minimum attendance per semester is
necessary to pass. If students are absent they may
be asked to provide evidence of good cause for
any absence. Students must also show evidence of
having completed eight sessions of personal
therapy, prior to the award being granted.
A pass in each module must be achieved (pass
mark = 40) for the award of the Certificate in
Funding and Additional Costs
Most students are self-funded, although some may
receive contributions to their fees from their
employers. The course fee includes the residential
weekend plus attendance only at the conference.
However students have a requirement to complete
eight sessions of personal therapy throughout the
term of the course. Responsibility for organising
and the payment for these sessions lies with the
student, although advice will be given as required.
Cost: £2,500 for 2014/15