Which distance learning counselling course?

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dk200300
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Which distance learning counselling course?

Post by dk200300 » Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:38 am

Has anyone got any experience? There are so many and I can't tell which ones are decent.

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Re: Which distance learning counselling course?

Post by workingmama » Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:16 am

I can speak from personal and colleague experience of both the Scottish Strathclyde University and the Edinburgh ones, although neither are strictly distance learning (Strathclyde at least is one day per week over two years, or two days per week one year). The Edinburgh one (can't recall via which org) requires one weekend a month attendance, although obviously work between that. I did do a fully online one before that, but having done it I can't rate it as I know now what you get from attending.
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Re: Which distance learning counselling course?

Post by lingua_franca » Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:08 pm

I'd be cautious of a counselling course delivered via distance learning. These are experiential courses and I don't see how it would be possible to develop the necessary skills without having the opportunity to practice in class with support from the tutor, and then undertaking a supervised placements. I don't think any online course has been accredited by the two main counselling bodies. BACP or UKCP, and this is probably why.

Some online courses will tell you, "We offer full accreditation with the National Voluntary Professional Register" or something similar, which might sound impressive but doesn't actually mean anything. Services advertising for counsellors will almost always ask for BACP accreditation. So if you're going to spend money on a qualification, whether it's to become an accredited counsellor or just to develop some counselling skills, I'd avoid online learning.
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