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Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Level 5 CPCAB)

This course is held over 17 Thursdays between September 2023 and June 2024

(9.30 - 4.30)

This course is exclusively online via zoom so ensuring greater accessibility.

This qualification is designed to give counsellors  the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as self-employed counsellors in independent and private practice. It also equips you to take on a senior counselling role in an organisational context where client assessment, referral and routine evaluation are part of the role.


At ICT the course is integrative, integrating our understanding and knowledge through the therapeutic relationship. We also incorporate creative work into the course especially as it  might apply to private practice. 

As you will expect the course includes experiential learning as well as skills and theory. 


There will be an opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding ​ of psychopathology especially in terms of assessment and working privately. 


You will also undertake a small research study with your colleagues on the course. 


Throu​gh our experience of running this course we have found it is often at this stage in their counselling career when counsellors are considering areas that are of interest to them, or aspects of their practice that they are developing a specialism in.


Course Dates                                                                                                        

28th September 2023

12th & 19th October 2023                                                                                          

2nd & 23rd November 2023

7th December 2023

4th & 18th January 2024

1st, 8th & 29th February  2024

14th & 28th March 2024

18th April 2024

16th & 23rd May 2024

13th June 2024                                                                                                                             Course fee £1750 (including CPCAB registration)


Entry Requirements:  

To be accepted on the course you will need to have as a minimum a level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling which incorporates 100 hours working as a counselling volunteer in a supervised placement.

Qualification  Requirements:

Personal counselling: a minimum of 40 hours of personal counselling by the  end of the course.

(This can include hours undertaken prior to the start of the course but at least 10 hours of personal therapy must be undertaken during the training year itself.)

Client work: a minimum of 60 hours formally contracted counselling (one-to-one), including client assessment.

Clinical Supervision: either group or one-to-one supervision – as per the  supervision ratio requirements of your chosen membership body.

Course Fee: £1,750

Deposit on acceptance of a place of £250 with the remaining fee being paid in full or by instalments ***


The level 5 Diploma is assessed through both a portfolio of evidence (evidence of your learning, your counselling practice and skills) and an externally assessed case review. 

The evidence presented in the portfolio will include a learning review from each study day, along with two essays, a final extended essay two presentations, one involving research,  along with a counselling log and your supervisor's report. 

Tutor and peer feedback will also support evidence of your learning.

CPCAB who accredit the course provide all the criteria and externally assessed case review information you will need on their website


Call Lorna Marchant on 01234 215940 or 07795106498 to find out more.


** Please note that should you choose to leave the course early the outstanding course fee must be paid in full within 30 days of leaving.

Requirements of the course:


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