Chelmsford Counselling Foundation

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Diploma in Counselling Skills

September 2019 – July 2020


This training is designed to enable students to develop their own use of counselling skills as well as their knowledge and understanding of psychodynamic theory. The course is suitable for those who are perhaps considering completing a Diploma is Psychodynamic Counselling, or for those wishing to improve their knowledge and skills base in this modality. Applications must have previously completed a Certificate in Counselling Skills. It is important to stress that completion of this foundation level course is not a licence to practise as a counsellor.

This is a part-time course running from September 2019 until July 2020 and comprises three terms, each of ten weeks duration. The course is held on Thursday evenings at C.C.F premises from 6.00pm until 10.00pm. The timetable is run in conjunction with the local authority school term and holiday dates. Two Saturday workshops are also scheduled as part of the course.

Students successfully completing the course may wish  to apply for a place on our Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, which is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (B.A.C.P). This foundation level course forms the first part of this B.A.C.P accredited course. It is important to highlight that students intending to apply for a place on our Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling should bear in mind the requirements for them to enter their own personal therapy at least one year prior to application, i.e on commencing the Diploma in Counselling Skills.

Please note that progression onto the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling  is not automatic but dependent upon our assessment process (see course brochure).

Term Dates:  

Induction:  Thursday 19th September 2019
Term 1:  Thursday 19th September 2019 to Thursday 28th November 2019
Half Term:  Week commencing 28th October 2019
Term 2:  Thursday 9th January 2020 to Thursday 19th March 2020
Half Term:  Week commencing 17th February 2020
Term 3:  Thursday 23rd April 2020 to Thursday 2nd July 2020
Half Term:  Week commencing 25th May 2020

Fees for 2019-2020

Course Fee £2550 – see application form for details
Deposit  £500 non refundable

Closing date for applications Friday 29th March 2019

Former clients of CCF wishing to train as counsellors cannot do so here until at least five years after their last counselling session with us.


Please download an application form: DICS Application form 2019 ,  Training Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form and view our Privacy Statement – Training 2018

Ideally, applicants should be aged 21 years plus.