• 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 Diploma, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 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 Diploma. You are welcome and there is no fee.