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Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling








The Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling aims to provide a solid foundation in the Humanistic Integrative approach and its application to counselling practice. The course is a practitioner training and offers an environment where students can build on their relationship skills within clinical practice. Students are encouraged to develop further their self-awareness, both within the group and throughout their practice.


The Diploma is the second year of the two-year program, and is open to students who have gained a Certificate in Counselling from the first year. In order to be accredited, students then need to successfully onto the second year of the course.

The study takes place yearly starting in September, and spanning two terms. In addition to course contact time, trainees attend a weekly hour supervision group and additional group supervision sessions. Students will also be expected to complete a minimum number of client contact hours over the year.

The Advanced Diploma provides an arena for trainees to develop their understanding of how Humanistic and Psychodynamic theory and practice can be combined, in an effective coherent integrative framework. Trainees will be introduced to the concepts and principles underpinning advanced counselling skills, together with clinical issues such as assessment, contracts, boundaries and managing referrals.

The course will examine specific issues such as:

  • Transcultural practice

  • Working with difference

  • Couples Counseling

  • Sexuality

  • Client risk assessment

  • Counselling survivors of childhood sexual abuse

  • Cognitive behaviour counselling

  • Counselling clients with drugs/substance misuse

  • Bereavement and loss

  • Working with Children & Young People


Students will also be introduced to:

  • Professional issues such as Codes of Ethics and Practice, assessment, the organizational context of clinical work, medical and legal issues will be explored.

  • They will be made aware of the arguments for and against integration, including the historical and philosophical underpinning of the Integrative approach.

Applicants for the Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling must provide evidence of the following:

  • A certificate level or equivalent comprising of at least 220 hours of training through individual therapy

  • personal maturity and the ability to cope with the emotional, intellectual and time demands of the course

  • the ability to accumulate a further 100 client hours through a suitable placement or trainees’ place of work, whilst completing the Advanced Diploma.



In addition, trainees attend a weekly supervision session and additional group supervision sessions. All students are also expected to complete a required number of client contact hours over the year.


The theoretical training is imparted through didactic teaching, experiential learning, case discussion, selecting their areas of interest, and assistance and support will be offered where necessary. If appropriate, students may continue in their placement from the Diploma year.


Trainees’ practice is supported in the individual and group supervision through the presentation of clinical material, case discussion, awareness of transference and counter-transference issues and practitioner/client roleplays.


Continuous throughout the year and includes elements of self, peer and tutor evaluation. Students are required to successfully complete three written assignments throughout the year (800-1000 words each). These include a theoretical essay, case study and a student presentation, which is also submitted in essay format. Clinical practice is supported through ongoing assessment by the clinical supervisor.

Assessment is based on the demonstration of skills through case presentation of their work with clients, including the submission of three audio-taped counselling sessions, as well as active participation within the whole group and in skills based exercises. Students are expected to attend every session and a minimum attendance of 85% is required for the Advanced Diploma to be issued.

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