Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

Course fee: £2,500 or £2,600 if paying via instalments (excluding the cost of personal therapy).
Plus an additional subscription fee per annum for the online psychoanalytic electronic publishing library (pep-web), currently £50.

Interview fee to be included with application - £75 made payable to ‘Wessex Counselling Service’.

Deposit (non refundable): £250 to be paid within 21 days of the date of the offer letter to secure a place on the course. After June 30th Trainees will have 7 days to confirm their place and pay the deposit.

Application form available online here

Application deadline: 31st May 2019
Course dates: Start date Monday September 23rd 2019.
Attendance: The Diploma is run on a modular basis with Years 2 and 3 undertaking the curricula aspects of the training together. There are two Diploma trainings running next academic year- one which starts at 09:15 and a parallel course day which begins at 14:30. Please indicate on your application your preferred start time. Priority for a particular course day will be given to those applicants who have a specific reason for needing their preferred start time, e.g. childcare or work commitments.

A further year of supported clinical work is required to qualify as a BPC registered psychodynamic counsellor.

Selection Criteria:
• Personal suitability for the work of psychodynamic counselling.
• Completion of the WCP Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Attitudes or its equivalent elsewhere.
• Previous experience in a 'helping' or supportive role using counselling skills.
• Evidence of the intellectual potential to complete the theoretical elements of the course, including written assignments.

Selection Process: We encourage you to apply for this course as early as possible. Whilst we do continue to take applications until all places are filled, we recommend early submission to avoid disappointment. Applicants will have 2 interviews.
External applications with equivalent training are accepted onto the first year of the Diploma if they meet our requirements for accrediting prior experience and learning (APEL), see below.

Course structure:

Course Day: The course day consists of theory and clinical seminars, supervision and an experiential group. Training days are approximately 6 hours long, 30 weeks of the year, with breaks for holidays.
Supervision groups run for 42 weeks of the year. The cost of supervision is included in the course fees.

Outside the course day:
Client work: Trainees will need to make themselves available to see clients at one of the Wessex locations and / or at an agreed external placement. Trainees should aim to have between 2 and 4 hours of availability for client work, though some see more.
Personal therapy: Diploma Trainees are required to be in once weekly (minimum) therapy with a therapist from the Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy approved therapists list at a fee agreed with your therapist.
Workshops: Diploma Trainees are also required to attend 2 Diploma workshops a year on a Saturday and are encouraged to attend relevant Wessex (and other Institutions) CPD events to broaden their clinical and theoretical outlook.

Tutorials: Trainees will have three hour-long tutorials a year.

Aims: To equip Trainees with the skills and techniques of the psychodynamic model and enable the student to work with clients towards the goals of psychodynamic counselling. To inform Trainees of the limits and context of the psychodynamic approach. To equip Trainees to work as reflective practitioners and enable them to evaluate the theoretical rationale for the techniques used in this field within a pluralist culture. To enable Trainees to communicate about the subject area. To equip Trainees to work with difference within themselves and in the consulting room.

Assessment: The assessment process aims to assess the extent to which you are meeting course objectives and learning outcomes.
The assessment process is continuous and achieved through self, staff and peer review and feedback.

You will need to have 150 supervised hours of clinical work completed for the BACP accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling which qualifies you to work in an agency setting. A further Year 4 is required to graduate as a BPC registered Psychodynamic Counsellor, as well as holding a client in counselling for one year, and for your supervisor to be satisfied that you are working at the level of a BPC registered Psychodynamic Counsellor. This enables you to work in private practice. An alternative route to competence for private practice is the BACP accredited counsellor process. BACP and BPC accreditation and registration also enable you to be registered with the PSA accredited National Voluntary Register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Staffing: All training staff and supervisors at Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy are trained counsellors or psychotherapists, accredited by the BACP or registered with BPC or an equivalent professional organisation and are registered with the National Voluntary Register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Important Note for all Trainees: Once you start the course you will be liable for the fees for the whole year irrespective of your continued attendance. This is because Wessex has to contract with training staff for the year on the basis of confirmed places. If for some unforeseen reason the course does not run then Wessex will refund your fees in full.

Course Summary

Course times

Mondays from 9:15 - 15:30 or Mondays from 14:30 - 20:30
3 terms of 10 weeks
2 Saturday workshops

Course Fees
£2,500 per annum (£2,600 if instalments). Monthly or quarterly payments for 2 years.
Annual subscription fee for pep-web of £50.
Course Application
By application form click here to download
Interview process for which there is a non-returnable fee of £75

Wessex Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
BACP Diploma in Pyschodynamic Counselling (year 3)
BPC registration as a psychodynamic counsellor (year 4)

Therapy Requirement

Minimum of weekly therapy for the duration of the training with a Wessex "Approved Therapist".
Trainees must be established in their therapy by the start of the course.

Assessment Minimum of 80% attendance
Pass grade in all written work - 2 essays per year and one final clinical paper.
Satisfactory reports from teaching and supervisory staff.
A minimium of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years (in addition to Foundation year)

Course Content






Theory Seminars:

The counselling relationship.
Freud, Jung, Klein
Family perspectives, culture and diversity.
The British School
Psychopathology and working in agencies.
Human Development.

Weekly Clinical and Professional Seminars.

Readiness to practice criteria met.
4 Essays of 2,000 words.
Final clinical paper of 4,000 words.
Satisfactory seminar leader reports.
80% Attendance.

150 hours
plus personal study.
Supervision Group supervision with up to 3 trainees.
Maximum of 4 clients by the end of year 2.
One client worked with for one year of BPC registration.
Skills assessment.
80% attendance.
Satisfactory supervisor's report and self evaluation.

150 supervised hours. Supervision is provided for 42 weeks per annum.

Process Group Develop self-awareness and gain insight into group dynamics and relationships 80% attendance 90 hours
Tutorials Individual Attendance 3 x 50 minutes each year
Therapy Minimum of weekly therapy for the duration of the training. Weekly attendance