• Attend only professionally accredited courses and confirm with the professional body that the course is accredited.
  • Check out tutor qualifications by asking who their accrediting professional body is. Reputable courses will welcome such questions.
  • If a Certificate course claims that training hours are recognised by a professional body check with the professional body that this is the case.
  • Check if client practice placements and supervisors are arranged for you and whether you have course support while you are attending placements.
  • Attend an information seminar at the course venue so that you can check out the staff, syllabus, training premises and meet students.
  • Does the course assign a Study Advisor to help you?
  • If a Certificate course, is it very brief e.g., several weekends, or is it a substantial training over several months?
  • What is the proven success rate with future clients of the counselling model in which you are being trained?
  • Does the course train in one counselling model or in several? (We believe it is not possible to learn several models without confusion.)
  • Be careful of courses, including courses held at academic institutions, which advise that you are ‘trained’ at the end of the course. as counsellors/therapists are only fully trained when accredited with a professional counselling organisation.

Evening training seminars are 90 minute PowerPoint presentations, outlining elements of the BCTC PG Diploma, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and career opportunities. Seminars are relaxed and informal and refreshments are available. Staff and present/former BCTC trainees meet with seminarians for informal discussion about the PG Diploma. You are welcome and there is no fee.