The Foundation course can be taken as a stand-alone qualification, or as a first step towards further qualifications, as described below.
- The Foundation as a Stand-Alone QualificationYou might choose to take the Foundation Course as a stand-alone qualification in order to develop counselling skills and theoretical knowledge for personal development or use within another role, such as: management; teaching; medicine; social work; befriending or nursing.
- The Foundation on the route to Qualification as a Counsellor or PsychotherapistSome people will use the Foundation Course as a first step towards becoming a general counsellor or psychotherapist.Following a foundation course, in order to become a counsellor or psychotherapist, you will need to undertake at least one higher level training course, usually a diploma level course and/or an MA/MSc or other professional course.The Foundation Certificate Course is supported and endorsed by the LDPRT and NAOS, organisations which provide therapy training.Before starting on a diploma-level course you may need to have had some therapy yourself. Students often continue therapy throughout the training. During this further study you will usually also be expected to undertake supervised practice.
- The Foundation on the route to Qualification as a Psychosexual & Relationship TherapistThe below chart describes how the Foundation can be used as the first step towards becoming a Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist:
Routes to Qualification as a Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist
Links are given at right for all the acronyms used.
With the LDPRT, you can seek COSRT accreditation. To apply for this, at least one year must have passed since completing the Diploma, and you will also need to have completed at least 320 hours of supervised practice (200 whilst in training and a further 120 hours after award of the Diploma).
Please note that the post diploma requirement is likely to increase, due to changing requirements of the external body.
It is also possible to become a UKCP registered Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist or Couples Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Following the LDPRT, an additional extended essay and further therapy and supervised hours following the current COSRT guidelines is one potential route to UKCP registration, and taking an MA from Middlesex University is another. These routes to UKCP registration are currently under review (January 2016); it is likely that applicants will additionally be required to complete 450 hours of supervised practice. UKCP registration must be applied for via one of the UKCP colleges or member organisations within UKCP such as the CSRP which represents COSRT.
Once you are working as a member of any of these professional counselling, psychotherapy or PRT bodies, you will also be expected to undertake continuing professional development and supervision. We may be able to recommend low cost therapists/counsellors to you.