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Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling - September 2022 to July 2024

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The course is based on the original training course offered by PCT Britain, which provided the basis for the well-known training courses at the University of Strathclyde and the University of East Anglia.  In offering this training, the Norwich Centre is building on its historical involvement in high quality professional person-centred training.

Dr Caroline Kitcatt, the Centre Director, trained on the UEA Diploma in Counselling under Brian Thorne, and subsequently became a tutor on the course for seven years, including taking on the role of Course Director from 2009-2011.

Person-Centred Counselling

The theoretical model of the course is the person-centred approach. Person-centred or client-centred counselling, developed by the late Carl Rogers and his associates during the past fifty years, is characterised by certain beliefs and attitudes which serve to distinguish it from both the analytical and cognitive/behavioural traditions. The person-centred philosophy takes an optimistic view of human nature. The therapist is viewed as a person whose essential skill lies in the ability to create a particular kind of therapeutic relationship within which the client is enabled to find his or her own resources for moving towards a more satisfying way of being. The counsellor's task is to offer a relationship which by its quality of respect, understanding and openness makes possible for the client a new appraisal of self and an opportunity for change and development. In order to engage in such work the practitioner needs to develop the capacity to identify and let go of prejudices and other attitudes which can undermine the growth of clients through the blatant or covert abuse of personal power and the withholding of mutuality.

The Norwich Centre Postgraduate Diploma builds on the work of Professor Brian Thorne, Co-founder of the Norwich Centre, exploring the implications of person-centred theory and practice for spiritual understanding and development.

The person-centred focus will be reflected not only in the content of the course but also in the assessment processes. Staff members will aim to provide a supportive environment which is nonetheless challenging and both emotionally and intellectually demanding.

A non returnable deposit of £500 will be required to secure your place once you have received an offer of a place. Fees for each academic year are payable in advance. You may request to pay by instalments and this will be negotiated on an individual basis. Full details of our refund policy can be downloaded here. We reserve the right to cancel a course if we do not recruit suffucient numbers to make the course viable.  If we cancel the course any fees or deposits paid to us will be refunded in full.

Please note that we do not have external validation for this course and so you will not be able to get a student loan.