New College Swindon has launched the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, becoming the only local college delivering a full suite of counselling training courses.
Students have spent up to three years completing the introduction and levels 2 and 3 in Counselling.
Kerry Barrett, who is studying Level 4 Counselling at New College, said: “I was inspired to become a counsellor after seeing how it really helped a family member in need. I want to help other people and give them hope. I’ve really enjoyed learning about my different layers and you really do open yourself up to so much. You learn how to be patient and see the bigger picture.”
Nikkie Horsey, who is also taking the Diploma, said: “I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, and now I can as my children are older and it fits so well around my schedule. I’ve met some great people on the course. It’s been a journey and I’ve learnt so much about myself. I feel more confident and the course has helped me learn how to interact with people in different ways.”
The course includes areas such as working within a counselling relationship and working self-reflectively as a counsellor. It also looks at working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills.
The students are also expected to attend a series of selection events designed to ensure only the most capable of individuals progress through the levels and on to the Diploma.
Those completing the Diploma can be confident in leaving the course with exceptionally high levels of knowledge, expertise and skills.
They’ll spend one day a week in the college, including some Saturdays and a residential weekend. They’ll also experience supervised counselling practice within an agency setting and their hard work will culminate in them leaving New College as fully qualified counsellors.