Designed For

This course is designed for candidates who want to train to become independent counsellors working with children and young people.  Successful completion of this course means you will be able to work as an independent practitioner.  The CPCAB Diploma has achieved recognition from the Open University and this course counts as 30 credits towards a foundation degree in counselling.

Units of Study

  • Work safely, legally and ethically as a counsellor
  • Work with complex aspects of the counselling relationship
  • Use theory and research to work with client diversity in independent practice
  • Use a coherent approach to respond to the needs of individual clients
  • Work with self-awareness as an independent practitioner
  • Uses theory, research and skills within a coherent framework for independent counselling practice
  • Monitor and maintain professional effectiveness as a counsellor in independent practice


Assessment methods will be both internal and external. You will be required to write a 3000-3500 word structured case review, which will be externally assessed. Complete 60 hours minimum of one-to-one formally contracted counselling as a practitioner, working with children and young people exercising autonomy in your role as counsellor and carry the responsibility for assessment.  This could be as a senior practitioner in an agency/organisation or as a private practitioner working for an external organisation. You will be required to complete 20 hours of personal therapy. You will be expected to build a portfolio.  The three assessment methods used throughout the training are Review of Documents, Tutor Observation, Testimony and meeting course criteria. You will also be expected to include a 15 minute transcript and commentary.

Entry Requirement

Minimum age of entry 22 years. Hold a CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or Recognised Prior Learning (RPL). You must have completed 40 hours of personal therapy. You will be asked to attend an interview where your readiness to progress to Independent Practitioner status will be discussed. You will need to provide two references from your most recent tutor and clinical supervisor. Fees can be paid in full prior to commencement of the course.  A monthly payment plan is available and a deposit is required.  For details please contact Administration. Fees can be paid by credit or debit card, cash or standing order.

Additional Costs

20 hours of one-to-one personal therapy with a BACP Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist, working from a Humanistic orientation, with a minimum 450 client hours. Supervision costs. Professional indemnity insurance for working with clients. Professional membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Audio Recorder.

Dates & Times

DAY/TIME:WEEKENDS – 9.30AM – 5.00PM (approximately 1 weekend per month)
START DATES:Saturday 1st February 2025
FINISH DATES:Sunday 19th October 2025
NUMBER OF HOURS:120 (this course also counts as 30 credit points towards a Foundation Degree in Counselling with The Open University)

Fees can be paid in full prior to commencement of the course.  A monthly payment plan is available and a deposit (which is non refundable) is required before the start of the course.  For details please contact Administration.


Set in beautiful historic Rochester, at Ocean Consultancy Service Limited, 135 High Street ME1 1EW.  Ample car parking, rail and bus links nearby.


This is a Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) course, which is accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) into the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Qualification number 500/8386/7.


Please contact Administration on 01634 843733 or via email at admin@oceanconsultancyltd.co.uk, for an application form and full course details.

Progression Route

On successful completion of the Diploma course and following further experience as a counselling practitioner you may progress to  Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision (TCSU-L6), Qualification number 500/8222/X.