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Independent Counselling T​raining

Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Level 5 CPCAB)

This course is held over 17 Thursdays between October 2022 and June 2023

(9.30 - 4.30)

This qualification is designed to give counsellors  the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as self-employed counsellors in independent and private practice. It also equips you to take on a senior counselling role in an organisational context where client assessment, referral and routine evaluation are part of the role.

At ICT the course is integrative, integrating our understanding and knowledge through the therapeutic relationship. We also incorporate creative work into the course especially as it  applies to private practice. 

As you will expect the course includes experiential learning as well as skills and theory. 

There will be an opportunity to expand your knowledge and understandin​g of psychopathology especially in terms of assessment and working privately. You will also undertake a small research study with your colleagues on the course. 

Throu​gh our experience of running this course we have found it is often at this stage in your counselling career when counsellors are considering areas that are of interest to them, or aspects of their practice that they are developing a specialism in.

Requirements of the course:

Entry Requirements:  

To be accepted on the course you will need to have as a minimum a level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling which incorporates 100 hours working as a counselling volunteer in a supervised placement.

Qualification Requirements:

Personal counselling: a minimum of 40 hours of personal counselling by the end of the course.

(This can include hours undertaken prior to the start of the course but at least 10 hours of personal therapy must be undertaken during the training year itself.)

Client work: a minimum of 60 hours formally contracted counselling (one-to-one), including client assessment.

Clinical Supervision: either group or one-to-one supervision – as per the supervision ratio requirements of your chosen membership body.

Course Fee: £1,750

Deposit on acceptance of a place of £250 with the remaining fee being paid in full or by instalments ***

Call Lorna Marchant on 01234 215940 or 07795106498 to find out more.

Email: [email protected]

** Please note that should you choose to leave the course early the outstanding course fee must be paid in full within 30 days of leaving.


The level 5 Diploma is assessed through both a portfolio of evidence (evidence of your learning, your counselling practice and skills). 

The portfolio is built around a number of learning outcomes and criteria and in addition there is an externally assessed case review. 

The evidence presented in the portfolio will include a learning review from each study day, along with two essays, a self review, a case presentation and a supervision report. Tutor and peer feedback will also support evidence of your learning.

CPCAB who accredit the course provide all the criteria and case review information you will need on their website

Course Dates

13th & 20th October 2022

3rd & 10th November 2022

15th December 2022

12th & 26th January 2023

9th February 2023

16th & 23rd March 2023

13th & 20th April 2023

11th & 18th May 2023

1st, 15th & 22nd June 2023