Diploma in Relational Counselling

This Diploma in Relational Counselling equips counsellors with the theory, understanding and skills to work relationally on a wide range of issues. This customised award has been credit rated by SQA at Level 11 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) with 120 credit points and has full validation from Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA).

Diploma in Relational Counselling - this course has been credit rated using the scottish credit and qualifications framework

Course description

This 2-year specialist Diploma in Relational Counselling takes an Integrative approach to counselling, drawing upon humanistic and cognitive behavioural counselling orientations. Psychoanalytic adult attachment theories (particularly Jeremy Holmes) are a major focus, looking at how our attachment history affects all aspects of life. The course employs Gerard Egan’s Skilled Helper Model as a guiding framework. The course covers issues that impact relationships from cradle to grave.

The Diploma provides a mix of theory, personal development and skills practice, supported by discussion and reflective exercises with peers and tutors. Students are encouraged to deepen their theoretical understanding, examine their beliefs and attitudes, and develop skills appropriate to inter-relational counselling. Group Supervision is also an integral part of the course.

Diploma in Relational Counselling - this diploma has been SCQF rated by the SQA

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Who is the Diploma in Relational Counselling for?

This Diploma in Relational Counselling is aimed at those who want to become qualified counsellors.

The Diploma enables trainees to make the transition from using counselling skills to being able to work relationally with clients from cradle to grave. Participants will be supported to become highly skilled integrative counsellors and reflective practitioners who are able to work ethically and effectively.

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Course entry requirements

Course applicants are expected to have a first degree and a COSCA Counselling Skills certificate as a minimum entry requirement.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning) for previous experience will be considered.

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Diploma in Relational Counselling – course components

The Diploma course includes:

    • 25 days of face-to-face training each year
    • Written assignments including academic essays and learning journals
    • A counselling placement of 100-170 hours
    • Supervision

The Course has a strong research focus. Students are encouraged to engage with research to further theoretical knowledge in the counselling field. Students will be required to submit a research proposal.

Year 1

  • Core Module 1: Introduction to Relational Counselling Processes
  • Core Module 2: Introduction to Counselling Theory
  • Core Module 3: Fundamentals of Counselling Practice
  • Core Module B1: Working Relationally: cradle to grave

Year 2

  • Core Module 4: Relational Counselling Processes
  • Core Module 5: Counselling Theory
  • Core Module 6: Self-Awareness and Reflective Practice
  • Core Module B2: Working Relationally: Diversity

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Time commitment and training dates

Applicants must commit to attending the core training days, personal study, a counselling placement, and supervision. Training sessions are 9.30am until 5pm.

Year 1 Training Dates for 2023 intake coming soon.

Course fees

The Diploma in Relational Counselling costs £7,200 for 2 years study (£3,600 per year, £900 per module). £600 deposit is required on accepting a place.

All fees are non-refundable and VAT exempt.  A payment plan is available.

If your clinical practice placement is with The Spark, supervision will be provided.

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How to apply

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More information

Learn more about The Spark’s range of introductory, intermediate and advanced training in our Continuous Professional Development section.