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Counselling Training Grounded Learning Ltd Aberdeenshire and Dumfries and Galloway :: The Grounded Learning Partnership

Grounded Learning Ltd

Diploma in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

This Diploma in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy is aimed at those who wish to progress their career as a counsellor and who have already successfully completed the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills (SCQF Level 8) or another similar course of this level and have an undergraduate degree or other learning experiences that allow for successful study at SCQF Level 10.

The course focuses on developing skills and knowledge to allow you to work with people in many contexts.

The theoretical underpinning of the course is one that embraces the pluralistic framework. When working pluralistically it is recognised that there is no one truth instead of a variety of plausible but mutually conflicting responses (Rescher, 1979). The optimum view for understanding behaviour is from the internal frame of reference of the individual (Rogers, 1951). This philosophical standpoint also ensures the counsellor will be mindful of the resources the client already has to resolve their issues.

Working with the client in this way requires the practitioner to be able to consider the diversity of ways in which each client experiences distress. From this will come an understanding of a selection of different ways of helping them thus creating a bespoke approach based on their individual needs. The counsellor working pluralistically will create their own ‘therapeutic menu’ (McLeod, ***) and using their knowledge of evidenced-based tools and techniques from a variety of different theoretical orientations. The counsellor will utilise these in the therapeutic relationship to allow the client an opportunity to achieve their identified goals.

The diploma programme will allow you to learn key counselling skills used in pluralistic practice. You will be given the opportunity to explore a range of theoretical approaches to counselling, such as Person Centred, Experiential, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. As part of your journey towards becoming a professional counsellor, you will also be required to continue to develop yourself personally and to explore and deepen your awareness of self. As part of the learning, you will also be expected to reflect on evidence-based practice and current research in the field. Throughout the training, you will be required to consider ethical and professional issues in counselling and the impact this has on self and others

The diploma programme will allow you to learn key counselling skills used in pluralistic practice.

You will be given the opportunity to explore a range of theoretical approaches to counselling, such as Person Centred, Experiential, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies.

You will undertake triad work and a placement to develop and gain essential experience and skills.

As part of your journey towards becoming a professional counsellor you will also continue to develop yourself personally and explore and deepen your awareness of self.

On successful completion of the Diploma you can apply to become a COSCA accredited counsellor.

Course overview

Course overview

Year 1 Consists of 4 modules:
200 hours face to face teaching and around 400 hours additional activities (e.g. developing practice, reflection, research/study time) Your own learning hours outside the course will be required –

Module 1

Beginnings for the group, the pluralistic counselling practitioner and the wider community.

The purpose of this module is to orientate you to the course, and to establish a way of working which focuses on the relationship between the process of training, counselling practice and a pluralistic framework.

Module 2

The use of a humanistic approach as central to the work of a pluralistic counsellor.

Pluralistic practitioners will differ in their therapeutic style, but central to their work will be their desire and ability to facilitate a climate in which clients can develop the self-trust and understanding necessary to alter their self-concept and to change behaviours which are incongruent. This way of being relies heavily on the person-centred approach and you will be encouraged to consider the theoretical underpinnings of the ways of being and doing. You will explore the theoretical underpinnings as well as on-ongoing developments and more recent findings and research. Your ability to be empathic, to value and accept the client and to be congruent are vital to the success of the therapeutic process. Your self-awareness and understanding of the self are therefore intrinsic to this. As the philosophy of the course is underpinned by the phenomenological nature of experiencing, which places emphasis on practice and effectiveness as important as theoretical speculation, you will also need to develop the capacity to communicate observation rather than interpretation

Module 3

Consolidation, review and preparation for practice.

As we come to the end of our first year, it is important that time is taken to reflect on the learning to date as you get ready for practice. Emphasis is given to the COSCA ethical framework and how it is contextualised in practice. How you contract with the client using your advanced counselling skills and how you use supervision to deepen the therapeutic relationship is also reflected upon.

Module 4

Psychodynamic Theory, implications of effect on self, relationships, and pluralistic practice.

This Module focuses on the unconscious, early experiences, life processes and the role of our primary care givers. Psychodynamic therapy is a ‘whole life’ approach where you explore the life process and interactions that made you who you are. It also helps you consider what you want to change. It also considers what brings you here?

Module 4

Psychodynamic Theory, implications of effect on self, relationships, and pluralistic practice.

This Module focuses on the unconscious, early experiences, life processes and the role of our primary care givers. Psychodynamic therapy is a ‘whole life’ approach where you explore the life process and interactions that made you who you are. It also helps you consider what you want to change. It also considers what brings you here?

Year 2 – Consists of 4 modules and 120 hour placement:
200 hours face to face teaching and approximately 350 hours additional activities (e.g. developing practice, reflection, research/study time) Your own learning hours outside the course will be required.

Module 5

The use of a cognitive behavioural approach as central to the work of the pluralistic counsellor.

With the humanistic way of being creating a solid foundation to work upon, the cognitive behavioural approach is recognised within the pluralistic framework as an effective approach. The quality of the relationship and working alliance are essential corner stones to allow for a therapeutic collaborative working alliance. Within this Module you will become familiar with the historical origins and key theories which underpin the development of the CBT approach we use in current practice. Theories will include Kelly’s Personal Construct Psychology and Ellis Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, exploring how they inform Beck’s Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You will examine the principles and characteristics associated with this approach and develop knowledge and skills around assessing risk and the assessment, formulation and treatment planning based on current treatment guidelines. You will also understand how to integrate this way of working into the pluralistic framework. You will practice the skill of selecting and utilising the relevant tools and techniques within this approach and work from an awareness of core competencies, ethics and boundaries to ensure good practice.

Module 6

Understanding aspects of Psychopathology within a pluralistic approach.

Psychopathology refers to the study of mental disorders in terms of their causes, development, course, classification, and treatment. This unit is intended to allow you to develop an understanding of rudimentary ideas and procedures in psychopathology. It introduces students to the concept of a spectrum of mental wellbeing through to severe psychological and emotional distress.

Module 7

Supervised Clinical Practice Placement.

This module embeds the mandatory 120 hours of supervised practice with clients and consolidates the practice element of the learning carried out in module 3,4,5 & 6.

Module 8

Review and preparing for practice -from trainee to professional.

This final module is designed to further extend the reflective process, in reviewing your personal and professional development so far, but also to look forward to your next steps as a qualified counsellor. You will also consider the importance of working towards and applying for professional membership to either BACP or COSCA. This module also explores the imperative continuing personal and professional development for the benefit of both you and those you chose to work with. As the diploma ends, you will also explore the importance of ending from the perspective of all therapeutic relationships.

Weekly journal

Observed practice

Fully referenced assignments

Presentations

Placement

Course fees are £3850 per year incl VAT, £7700 for the 2 years. 

If eligible, SAAS partially fund the course, up to £1205 each year of the course.

Monthly and quarterly payment plans are available.

Course Dates

Our next Diploma in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Courses will begin in September 2024.

Dates for our Weekend/Eve Diploma have been uploaded and can be viewed using this link:

 

Diploma Dates Sep 24 Revised

 

We are accepting applications for our Aberdeen, Kirkcaldy, East Kilbride, Dumfries, Kilmarnock and Edinburgh venues.  For more details, email info@groundedlearning.co.uk.