Advanced Diploma In Relational Centred Counselling

In Manchester

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  • Duration

    3 Years


Suitable for: The course starts with the basis and as such is open to the wider community and not just the caring professions and voluntary sector. It provides an excellent basis for anyone wanting to move into Counselling in Primary Care, and/or wishing to develop their own private practice.




Manchester (Greater Manchester)
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454 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, M21 0BQ


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Acceptance for training is based on a selection process comprising written application, interview and references.

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Course programme

This part time 3 year training course leads to a professionally accredited qualification in Relational Centred Counselling.

This Course is written and accredited by the Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute and delivered in collaboration with the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy.

This Course is recognised by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

The Course is further recognised by the United Kingdom Association for Pychotherapeutic Counselling (UKAPC).

Beginning September 2009

Relational Centred Counselling is at the leading edge of Professional Counselling Training in the UK and Europe. It is supported by research into what works in therapy, and draws upon contemporary developments in psychoanalytic, psychodynamic and humanistic theories. Of crucial importance to this approach to counselling, is the therapeutic relationship, as a co-creation involving both client and therapist. Therefore trainees will develop as reflexive practitioners, able to reflect on the client, themselves as therapists and the process between.

This is underpinned by developing a sound working knowledge of the dynamics of relating, including transference phenomena. Of particular interest will be the insights that have emerged from a range of theories of child and adult development. It is a professional requirement, as well as a moral obligation, that trainees undergo their own personal therapy, which is indispensable to an understanding of human relationships.

Year One - Congruence and Empathy

1. Theory and philosophy of relational centred therapy.
2. Active listening 1.
3. Ethical and professional responsibility.
4. The nature of congruence.
5. The nature of empathy.
6. Academic responsibility - reading, writing and research.
7. Self care, coping with the demands of being a counsellor.
8. Active listening 11.

Year Two - Advanced Congruence

1. Identifying and working with 'healthy' dependency.
2. Contracting and assessment.
3. Other modalities - Gestalt.
4. Other modalities - Transactional Analysis.
5. Personality styles - cluster A - odd/eccentric.
6. Personality styles - cluster B - dramatic/emotional.
7. Personality styles - cluster C - anxious/fearful.
8. Transference, counter transference and parallel process.

Year Three - Advanced Empathy

1. Deepening the process.
2. Human Development.
3. Research in psychotherapeutic counselling.
4. Relationship theory.
5. Projective identification.
6. The role of the relational centred counsellor.
7. Advanced ethics.
8. Endings: bereavement and loss.

Optional Workshops

Each year a series of workshops are available, attendance at which is optional. These may include working with dreams, defensiveness and shame, self harm and eating disorders.


Following successful completion of the first year, students will be expected to find a training placement or to begin private practice to further enhance their skills in a real - life environment. It is a mandatory and essential requirement that students arrange for supervision of this work with a suitably qualified UKCP or BACP accredited supervisor. Students will be expected to complete 40 hours of supervision in both the second and third years. To reduce the cost and encourage mutual learning, this will normally take place in a group format. The cost of the supervision is not included in the course fees.

Personal therapy

All participants of the course will be expected to undertake their own personal therapy from the start of training and the duration of the course. The therapist must be either fully qualified and accredited, or in advanced training with an accredited training Institute. The course is deemed to have ended upon successful completion of the diploma. The fees for the therapy will be the responsibility of the student. A personal learning journal will be kept from the start of therapy.


Assessment of knowledge and skills development is an ongoing part of the course, and will comprise Self, Peer and Tutor assessment via written projects, case study, training log and technical demonstrations. A training log must be kept from the start of training for this process.

Award of Advanced Diploma in Relational Centred Counselling

Successful candidates will be awarded the advanced diploma in relational counselling, following successful completion of course work assignments, and an end of training case study and tape transcript.

In addition candidates must have attended all training workshops, and met the requirements of clinical supervision and therapy.

Course Structure

There will be ten workshops during each year of the course, run over weekends. There will be five workshops of three days duration and five workshops of two days duration.

Each day will be divided into sections that focus on the four fundamentals of counselling training, namely group process, theory, supervised skills practice in small groups and supervision. The training day will normally start at 9.30am and end at 5.30pm with a morning and afternoon break, and one hour and 15 minutes for lunch.

Course Leader

The course leader or primary course tutor is Karen Burke, (M.Sc Gestalt Psychotherapy) who is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. Karen has worked for many years in private practice as well as Organisations. These include agencies for looked after children, Hospices and is currently working for a charity that works with anyone that is touched by adoption.

Her major clinical practice is from the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy, where she sees individuals, couples and groups on a regular basis.

Course tutors include Bob Cooke, and Annie McColl. Others tutors are available as required from the teaching staff of the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy.

Advanced Diploma In Relational Centred Counselling

Price on request