The MHCPC treats each student individually. All students are individually assessed at the Selection Interview and a suggestion is made as to which Course would be most beneficial to the student at this particular stage of their career. There is no need to be that specific when sending in the application form. However it is advisable always to send in a Personal Statement with your application.
This depends on what previous life experience you have had and how this may have prepared you for counselling. Every applicant is interviewed in a group and individually and it is possible for a student to begin on Access Course (Module One) of the Diploma Course without having taken a previous Certificate/ Foundation Course. The Certificate Course can be taken as a Course in its own right or as preparation for the Diploma Course. It is particularly helpful for those who have no previous formal training in counselling. The emphasis on the Certificate Course is on counselling skills. These skills - useful in both personal and professional life - constitute the basic stepping stones towards becoming a trained counsellor. However, to be able to practice as a psychodynamic counsellor requires the longer, more intensive training on the Diploma Course.
The Certificate in Counselling Skills Course is based on Psychodynamic concepts and the emphasis is on both the theoretical and practical aspects of counselling. With this in mind students are encouraged to discuss what they have learned and a booklist is supplied to support the experiental components of the learning experience. No essays are required for the Certificate Course.
The MHCPC attracts students of many different ages, abilities and ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Our experienced teaching staff are committed to helping students to find ways to assist in overcoming their difficulties in presenting written work.
No previous training in counselling is required for the Certificate Course but an interest in inter-personal skills and a serious commitment to learning is necessary.
It is sometimes possible for an applicant to be selected for the Diploma Course without any previous training if they have spent time working with people. Details of work in a related field or relevant life experience should be included in the application.
On Access Course (Module One) students are required to write a clinical paper on a given case study and Module Two students a paper based on their clinical placement. At mid-year a draft of this paper is submitted to the student's Supervisor for help in preparation for the final paper to be completed in the Summer Term. Tutor and peer support is also given to Module Two students who are expected to present a theoretical seminar paper during their second term. In preparation for the award of the Diploma, Module Three students are required to present a theoretical Seminar Paper, a paper on the understanding of organisational dynamics, and a final clinical paper. Peer support is encouraged at all times and individual Tutorials are given to all students.
People find work according to their motivation and there are no guarantees of finding work on completion of any course. However, MHCPC graduates have found work in Primary Health Care, Industry, Education, National Health Service and Local Authority. See Careers. The MHCPC Counselling Service makes referrals to Graduates.
The Diploma is awarded in recognition of the standard to which students at MHCPC are encouraged to aspire. If the required standard is not met by the end of the Course, a student may be given the opportunity to repeat a Module or defer until they are ready to meet the required standard.