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Postby f1fran05 » Mon Jan 24, 2005 5:29 pm

Hiya,
I think when I am older I would like to train to be a counselour
But do I have to go to uni or what?

Anyone know?!
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Postby Enigma » Mon Jan 24, 2005 5:48 pm

Hi f1fran05.

You can study at colleges and universities for a MA (Master of Arts) solely in counselling, which will usually be a one year course. You could combine the course with another, such as Counselling Skills and Psychology or Counselling Skills and French, and obtain a BA (Bachelor of Arts) qualification - this would require studying from three to seven years. MA and BA qualifications aside, there are allsorts of training and certificates.

You could do self study courses to obtain certificates in things like alcohol/drug counselling, anger/aggression management, depression management, and more. The benefit of these courses is they are flexible due to you studying in your own time and at your own pace. You could aim to become a counsellor for relate, the relationship people, and get training. Their foundation certificate is the Graduate Certificate, which is a one year course that costs £1,045 (specifically about couple counselling).
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Postby Loopy » Thu Jan 27, 2005 2:32 pm

Can I just point out Enigma that normally you will not be accepted on an MA course without a Bsc in Psychology first. You cannot train without a degree so the first thing I would suggest is that you concentrate at school, work hard and get to uni, then the careers services there will point you in the right direction.

In the mean time, why not check out some websites like www.prospects.ac.uk, www.connexions.gov.uk and the like, to really give you a good idea of what is required.

Training to become a mental health worker is not an easy option, but it is rewarding (and the pay is good-especially if you go private!!)

Hope that helps!
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Postby LME79 » Thu Jan 27, 2005 8:35 pm

loopy I think we are the same person.

You would probably need a BSc in Psychology before you can specialise in counselling, which is a three to four year course, depending on university.

Prospects is a very good place to obtain information, like Loopy said. It will give you detailed information on what qualifications are needed, how long it will take to obtain them and which universities offer the courses. After this, you can apply for prospectus' from different univerisities and will be able to attend some open days (ask the different universities for dates).

Good luck! Happy career-gaining!

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Postby Enigma » Thu Jan 27, 2005 8:57 pm

The aforementioned Relate course is the entrance course, which you need A-Levels and/or life experience to qualify for. And once you've entered, you could then progress onto a higher and longer course.
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Postby gothicglitter » Thu Mar 31, 2005 11:53 pm

hey am doing a psycholgy A level night course and when i turn 18 after some life experince. i am doing counselling certificate in my local collage. I got told i could do somethings with that like counselling online, in magazines etc.
I think you should talk to connexions. there really helpful and u can talk to an advisor online to 2am so u can go on now and they will help :)
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Postby arwen » Mon Apr 04, 2005 3:35 pm

My mum did a counselling qualification in her 40s, she hadn't been to uni and did it in her spare time. Not sure exactly what she could do with it but I'm sure there are several options available if that is what you want to do.
Findyour local careers centre in the yellow pages and book an apopintment; they should be able to tell you the routes available to you.
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