Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

If you want to develop your helping skills in professional or voluntary roles, or eventually to train as a counsellor, then this course provides the expertise you need. You will study psychodynamic counselling, alongside cognitive'behavioural and person'centred therapy, with a chance to compare the three approaches. You will learn how to apply aspects of theory and practice to helping relationships, in both formal work roles and informal social and voluntary activities.

Note: This Certificate in Higher Education is aimed at students who have completed the Introduction to Counselling module in previous years. October 2018 will be the final intake into this programme, and the final opportunity to complete the programme in this form. Introduction to Counselling will not be running in 2018/19.

If you haven't completed Introduction to Counselling you may be interested in our new Certificate in Higher Education in Psychodynamic Counselling and Skills in a Psychosocial Framework.

Course Modules

This Certificate in Higher Education consists of the following three modules, three hours a week for 30 weeks on Tuesday 6'9 pm plus three Saturday schools. Please note Saturday schools are held in central London.

Year 2 (modules 2'4)

• Generic therapeutic competencies (person'centred, psychodynamic and cognitive'behavioural)

• Group and Organisational Dynamics with Observation and Counselling Skills

• Psychodynamic Counselling with Counselling Skills

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
Certificate of Higher Education - CertHE £6,935 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time
Certificate of Higher Education - CertHE £10,025 Overseas Fees