Q: What format do course interviews take?
Our Director of Learning, Carol or the course tutor interviews potential learners, via Zoom. The interview is informal and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The Zoom link is sent in the week before the interview takes place. Counsellors are invited to register for an interview in strict waiting list order.
Q: What if the course I want to do is oversubscribed?
We can add you to our waiting list and we will be in contact in due course if we are able to offer you an interview. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join our waiting list, indicating which course you are interested in.
Being on our waiting list means that you will receive an invite to be interviewed as soon as places become available on future courses.
Q: Does completing a course mean I can join the BACP?
We suggest that you contact the BACP directly or review their website for information on minimum membership criteria.
Q: Do you accept adult learner loans in payment for your courses?
We are unable to accept adult learner loans as we are not registered with the government for this service and as a small independent organisation would not be able to do so currently.
Q: Are your courses always on-line?
Our 10 day accredited courses at Level 5 and Level 6 will remain online and we have no plans currently to return these to in room courses held in a venue as being online allows us to work with counsellors from across Great Britain and beyond and with counsellors who are isolated by their location or additional needs.
However, if we are approached by a group of counsellors who all wish to attend our course together (or an agency wishing to train a group of their staff at the same time) we will consider all requests to run an in-person version of the course. Please note the fee per person would be increased from our currently advertised prices to cover all expenses.
Shorter courses may run in a venue if we receive enough requests to do so.
Q: How is the training delivered?
As above, our Level 5 and Level 6 courses will remain online via Zoom. Please see the individual courses for full details.
Shorter courses or one day workshops which can’t successfully be offered online will be occasionally offered within a venue.
Q: Is a Level 5 or a Level 6 the equivalent of a ‘Diploma’?
Counsellor and psychotherapy ‘training standards vary significantly that a counselling diploma can represent five minutes online or two years hard graft, juggling assignments, lectures and supervised placements whilst holding down a life’
(Julie May, BACP Board, Therapy Today May 2019)
We take transparency and honesty seriously and do not want to call our courses something they should not be legally called. Many words are used across the Counselling and Psychotherapy profession to describe courses, including ‘diploma’ and ‘qualification’ but their use in our unregulated field is not recognised by Ofqual and therefore can mean anything.
The level of our courses is recognised within a national framework and they are accredited by an Ofqual audited, regulated and licensed body (OCN London) to ensure high standards, which includes the rigorous internal and external moderation of assignments.
Q: Are your courses accredited by the BACP?
The BACP does not currently accredit post graduate training courses, only Counselling and Psychotherapy core trainings. Our courses are accredited by OCN London, a nationally recognised, not-for-profit accrediting body. OCN London’s Internal and External Moderation and Quality Assurance protocols are robust and add value and checks and measures to our courses.
Once you pass one of our courses you can advertise, using our Level 5 Counselling C & YP Course as an example, under your qualifications as follows:
“Level 5 (OCN London Accredited) Course in Counselling Children and Young People”
Q: Are your courses accredited by CPCAB?
Our courses are accredited by OCN London, a well respected, long standing accreditation body used by very many organisations across the UK.
Q: Does passing your course qualify me to work with Children and Young People or to work as a Supervisor?
We believe our courses, if completed, give you the understanding you need to work as a C & YP Counsellor or as a Supervisor but whether to do so remains an individual ethical decision a counsellor should take, in consultation with their supervisor.
Similarly if you do not pass our course, whether to continue to work as a C & YP Counsellor or Supervisor is also a decision for the individual counsellor to take in conjunction with their supervisor.
Please note: if you are a BACP member, they clearly state in their training curriculums the minimum they feel a counsellor should achieve before working in these roles.
Q: If I have been counselling Children and Young People for a long time without an additional qualification why would I need to enrol for your course?
Our course has been attended by many experienced C & YP Counsellors in recent years. They have used it as a refresher course and as a way to gain ‘a piece of paper’ to back up their experience.
C & YP Counselling is increasingly being seen as a specialism and certificates, such as our OCN London one, will be increasingly sought by employers and parents in the years to come.
At CBCT Ltd we believe that C & YP CPD opportunities should be ongoing and that taking part in our course shows a high level of commitment to this specialist field of counselling practice.