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Course 3The Chrysalis Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Ad. Dip. PsyC)

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  • Course Length: 3 Years.  (Applicants with Level 3 Counselling Skills or similar can complete this course in 2 years by starting at year 2.)
  • Total Hours: 450 practical
  • QCF: Level 4 Diploma

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Successful candidates will achieve an AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (QCF) 601/2106/3

Choose this advanced course if you wish to become a professional counsellor/psychotherapist and wish to gain, through qualification, a route onto an Accredited Voluntary Register approved by the Professional Standards Authority.  Since its launch in 2012, the AVR scheme is the benchmark for counsellors and therapists and can provide public confidence in your services.

This is our recommended course as it fully meets current professional requirements and is the most cost-efficient way to enter our profession. You’ll be able to offer concrete help and appropriate solutions to clients, taking an active role in assisting them heal and reach their full potential.


  • Become recognised as a Registered Counsellor and earn an Advanced Diploma (Ad.Dip Psy C.)
  • Course fully Accredited by the National Counselling Society
    • Join as an M.N.C.S.(Acc.) with many membership benefits including eligibility to join the Royal Society for Public Health
  • Meets the entry requirements for the Society’s Accredited Voluntary Register for Counsellors, recognised by the Professional Standards Authority
  • Receive a QCF Level 4 Diploma from AIM Awards
  • A clear and rapid upgrade route to Level 5 & 6 (Higher Education) qualifications on passing this course

* subject to terms and conditions


Applicants with Level 3 Counselling Skills or similar can complete this course in 2 years by starting at year 2.

Years One & Two: Previous Modules as per Chrysalis Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory

Year Three:  Over 10 weekends, you’ll study the following six units:

  1. The Humanistic Approach to Counselling
    Includes; Contracting with Clients
  2. The Psychodynamic Approach to Counselling
    Includes; Legal Issues
  3. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  & Integration
    Includes; Difference & Diversity
  4. Understanding Depression; Human Relationships
    Includes; Ethical Issues
  5. Abuse and Addiction
    Includes; Use of Supervision
  6. Personal and Professional Aspects of Counselling
    Includes; CPD

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Study Methods:   Practical classroom work; Practice Groups; Homework assignments; Reflective Journal; Formally Supervised Case Studies or Placement; Focus on practical work with no final exam.

Supervision/Placements:  This course requires formally supervised client work/case studies which may be undertaken in the form of an external placement.  There will be small additional supervision charges applicable in year 3 of this course



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