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Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (BACP Accredited)

September 2020 to July 2021

This is a well-established and accredited clinical training which leads to a professional qualification in psychodynamic counselling and provides all aspects of the training required to graduate as a psychodynamic counsellor. The course includes academic teaching and discussion, clinical presentations, experiential groups and workshops together with a supervised clinical placement within our own counselling service. The course takes a minimum of two years to complete but you are offered a third year to consolidate your practice and attain the minimum 150 face to face counselling hours required, if necessary.

The Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling provides a clinical practice via a placement within CCF’s own counselling service, where trainees are valued members of our professional counselling team. Weekly supervision is also included, offering unique support and avoiding the difficulty of trainees having to find their own suitable placements and supervisors.

All applicants must have completed an approved non-clinical course that is equivalent to our Certificate and Diploma in Counselling Skills courses. All candidates will have an in-depth assessment to determine their readiness to work with clients. Trainees need to be in at least once weekly personal therapy with a therapist from our approved list (or equivalent) for at least one year before seeing clients.

The majority of counsellors completing our training programme will have completed a BACP accredited training, and successfully apply for BACP Individual Accreditation, after completing the required 450 hours of client work.

The course commences in September each year.

Term Dates (Year 1): 

Induction:  Saturday 5th September 2020
First Supervision Session  Wednesday  September 9th 2020
Term 1:  Monday 14th September 2020 to Monday 23rd November 2020
Half Term:  Week commencing 26th October 2020
Term 2:  Monday 4th January 2021 to Monday 15th March 2021
Half Term:  Week commencing 15th February 2021
Term 3:  Monday 12th April 2021 to  Monday 28th June 2021
Half Term:  Week commencing 31st May 2021
Please Note
Clinical Interviews  Dates to be advised
Workshops  6 Saturdays

We emphasise that we provide a training in counselling, not a course of instruction.  This means that our Assessment Committee must be satisfied that the trainee has reached a required standard, which is not just a matter of completing hours and assignments, before awarding a qualification.  Please note that progression each year is not automatic but dependent upon our assessment process.


Trainees who successfully complete the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling will have completed a minimum of 150 hours of clinical work and are usually offered the opportunity to remain with the Foundation for a further year as a Voluntary Associate Counsellor. This assists trainees gaining hours towards the 450 required for personal BACP accreditation.

To apply please download

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Applications can be sent by email to admin@chelmsfordcounselling.org.uk or by post to Sue Sheppard, Training co-ordinator, Chelmsford Counselling Foundation, 42 Cedar Avenue, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 2QH