Organisational member of BACP No. 219282.
TRAINING IN milton keynes & LONDON.
ARE YOU A PEOPLE PERSON?
THIS IS THE PLACE IF YOU WANT EXPERIENTIAL & ENGAGING TRAINING AND CARE ABOUT PEOPLE. THERE ARE MANY OTHER COLLEGE COURSES THAT STUDY PSYCHOLOGY AND ARE VERY ACADEMIC AND APPROACHED ALONG CLINICAL LINES.
THESE ENGAGING EXPERIENTIAL COURSES IN COACHING, COUNSELLING OR PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAINING ARE UNIQUE IN NATURE.
WE UTILISE A LOT OF CASE STUDY MATERIAL, WITH THE WRITTEN CLASSROOM WORK, TO FURTHER ENHANCE THE HANDS-ON, SUPERVISED, FACE-TO-FACE CLIENT TIME WITH STUDENT PEERS.
WE THEREFORE MAJOR IN HELPING STUDENTS UNDERSTAND AND ENGAGE FULLY AND EFFECTIVELY WITH CLIENTS.
WE OBVIOUSLY COVER ALL THE MAJOR THEORIES IN CLASSIC PSYCHODYNAMIC, HUMANISTIC, EXISTENTIAL AND TRANSPERSONAL STREAMS AND ALSO INTRODUCE THE ALL NEW BIOPSYCHOSOCIOSPIRITUAL MODEL (OR THE CPSM FOR SHORT) TO ENCOMPASS AND INTEGRATE MAJOR MODERN THERAPY METHODS.
OUR COMPLETE PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAINING ALSO INCLUDES THE SOMATIC (SOUND & BREATH WORK, PRIMAL SCREAM) GESTALT - PSYCHO-DRAMA, ARTS-IN-THERAPY - DRAWING/CLAY MODELLING/SAND PLAY, DREAM WORK, CHACRAS, MEDITATION, VISUALISATION-INDUCTION, REFRAMING AND BRIEF SOLUTION THERAPY, SUPERVISION AND TUTOR TRAINING.
WE ALSO UNIQUELY OFFER OUR OWN PLACEMENT SUPERVISION FACILITY AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD YOUR OWN PRACTICE UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF OUR CONVERGENCE NEWSTART PRIVATE PRACTICE ONCE YOU GRADUATE AT CONVERGENCE.
WE OFFER STUDENT/CLIENT CARE BY FOLLOWING THE ETHICAL GUIDELINES OF THE CPFI/BACP/UKCP, OUR COURSES ARE REGULATED BY THE CPFI AND TUTORS ARE BACP &/OR ACCREDITED CPFI MEMBERS. ALL TUTORS ARE PRACTISING PSYCHOTHERAPISTS.
Taught by real Professionals, who are currently in Practice...
ORGANISATIONAL MEMBER BACP.
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We offer 2 x FREE evening classes to see if this is for you.
Training in a warm learning environment where you will develop experiential counselling skills to help others.
These are very popular short courses for College and Uni students, Also Diploma, Msc, or Bsc, and those on placement at the NEWSTART Drop-In & Counselling Service., in MK.
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Counselling, Brief Therapies & Psychotherapy
Main Evening Courses attended in College Term dates - week nights between 7pm - 9.30pm (10pm for Diplomas with peer supervision).
3 Month, INTRODUCTION
CTEC Level-1, in Counselling
Ultra Low Fees to make it easy for you to start and learn first hand Counselling Skills and basic theory. Only one evening per week course. Start any term time, for one term only 12 weeks.
Certificated Taster Course for your CV.
7-8.30pm. Only £10.80 per week. All CPFI TEC certification approximately equivalent to prior NVQ levels.
Improver 6 months
CTEC Level-2, in Counselling
Improvers Counselling Intermediate Course in experiential skills for Counselling. Easy to fit in with normal life. Only one evening per week.
Course Only 6 months, condensed experiential and life changing. 7-8.30pm. Only £15.99 per week. All CPFI TEC certification are approximately equivalent to prior NVQ levels.
1 Year Foundation Certificate
CTEC Level-3, in Counselling
Experiential Counselling Certificate. Accredited Course. Only one evening per week for 1 year only plus Seminars. Level 3.
For the pastorally minded students of Counselling and especially for those wishing to have opportunity to go further and do the 2 year Diploma. 7-9.30pm. Fees on request. All CPFI TEC certifications are approximately equivalent to prior NVQ levels.
CTEC CPFI-TEC courses should not be confused with BTEC or Cambridge Tec courses. These titles onlys reflect the approximate level of previous NVQ's.
For more student information and to gain answers to your most obvious questions, please go to the FAQ section below...
2 Year Professional Diploma at CTEC Level - 4, in Counselling & Psychotherapy
This Level - 4 Diploma in Counselling will allow you to practice as a 'Qualified Counsellor' (with the relevant PL insurance) and includes two years of completed assignments, including academic, study yet mainly experiential training for the CTEC Level 4 Diploma to become a Qualified Counsellor and member of trhe CPFI and you will also have the opportunity to seek recognition with BACP on graduation. The Fees are subsidised heavily in the first year, to ease access and allow those on low income to gain further study and may also help influence a career move. All CPFI TEC certifications are approximate equivalency to prior NVQ levels.
2 Year Diploma CTEC Level-5 - in ADvanced Psychotherapeutic counselling
This Diploma will qualify you as a 'Psychotherapeutic Counsellor'.
With Advanced or Senior Counsellor status at CTEC Level-5, once you have completed the case studies, this will carry accreditation by the CPFI as an Advanced Counsellor.
You will be asked to find a clinical placement then to augment your status and apply for full accreditation with the CPFI as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.
All CPFI-TEC certifications have approximate equivalency to prior NVQ.
Flexible Fast Track Diploma in Brief Solution Therapies.
This Fast Track Diploma (Part 2) in Brief Therapies will give you Therapist status with the CPFI at a Level-4, once you are accredited by the CPFI.
Naturally you will have completed the other parts - 1 and 3 (Diploma is in 3 parts). ask for details.
The Fast track Seminar based Diploma is the more expensive option to train here. There is no direct equivalent level to compare with this Fast track course although we give it a level-4 Cert.
4 Year 'Professiona'l Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
This is working at a post graduate level for this prestigious Professional 4 Year Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, and will give you Psychotherapist status with the CPFI, once you have complied with the complete requirements of the course including therapy and placement work.
You will need to apply for Full Accreditation by the CPFI at this stage.
You will naturally be put forward for consideration to the CPFI as a Psychotherapist after your graduation. All CPFI TEC certifications are approximate equivalency to prior NVQ's.
Frequently asked questions for students…
Q. When may I work as a volunteer student counsellor?
Ans. Once you have completed a course of study at Convergence and graduated at our CTEC Level-2 awarded by CPFI at student counselling status or higher and completed a short induction course, you may become a welcome/befriender at the NEWSTART Minibus placement in CMK. Other agencies may not allow you to work in counselling until CTEC Level-5.
See Coordinator: Yoly Booty for further details about volunteering at NEWSTART.
Q. When will I be QUALIFIED to work as a Qualified Counsellor?
Ans. To work with the general public validly and ethically as a qualified counsellor, you need to
1. First - Graduate from an institution running a proper regulated course of study in counselling at Diploma Level-4 with qualified tutors, who must by law, have passed the proficiency test and be registered with an awarding body (CPFI and/or BACP). Example:-
2. Be covered by personal public liability insurance with a current certificate as proof (All our graduates are insured through the CPFI).
3. Be prepared to follow the ethics of the CPFI/BACP and continue in ‘supervision’, attending for at least 'one and a half hours' per month.
4. Convergence students need to be CRB/DBS Police checked and certificated before placements are engaged.
Q. What does it mean to be QUALIFIED as a ‘Counsellor’?
Ans. This means that you need to be a graduate of a training College organisation which needs to be regulated and recognised by an awarding body (such as the CPFI/BACP/UKCP) and have been examined at the level required, which in our College, is at on Level-3 and above, by the awarding body (CPFI) and taken a proficiency test with our Convergence College, validated by the CPFI. Police Checked and Insured. Alternatively a test may also taken with BACP.
Q. What is Accreditation with CPFI or BACP?
Ans. You may not apply to CPFI or BACP for accreditation until you have the following evidence of your training level and experience carried out.
A. Attendance records on a full time or part time course, with a minimum of 450 hours of tutor contact (as required at Convergence College) , covering;
B. Evidence of Theory, Skills Practice, Professional Development / Ethics, Personal Development which must evidence a minimum of 150 hours of personal therapy whilst in training and further completed client and supervision hours after qualification.
C. Been in practice for at least 3 years after gaining a qualification in counselling or psychotherapy.
D. A minimum of 450 hours supervised placement of contracted work with clients / patients.
E. Been in supervision for a minimum of 1.5 hours per month.
F. Record of Personal Professional Development since qualifying.
G. The cost of accreditation with CPFI is £175 and is currently £230 with BACP and additional course work has to be completed in both awarding bodies.
H. Covered by adequate Public Liability insurance (usually at least 5 Million cover).
Q. What do agencies offering student placements require?
Ans. Therefore a student must be able to demonstrate and produce evidence of studying on a recognised (by the training attendance hours, levels, etc) counselling and/or psychotherapy course. Any agency offering placements should conduct their own assessment of a student’s ability and training skill levels to decide if they are suitable for the agency placement. It is the agencies responsibility to also ensure you have all the necessary paperwork in place that follows ethical practice to support you as a student while on placement. There are no guarantees that agencies will place or support students from any institutions, it is always at their own discretion. Therefore we cannot offer any guarantee of acceptance for students.
Q. Is there a list of agencies for student placements?
Ans. Although we usually supply a list of suggested agencies who offer placements, this is in no way exhaustive or guaranteed as acceptance for any students. It is the student’s own responsibility, as a trainee professional, to find their own placement, this is particularly relevant if their training course does not provide one, but in our case, we provide an adequate placement. It is interesting to note that our assistant tutor: Elaine Maries had contacted 30 agencies before finding a placement at our NEWSTART placement in CMK.
Further placements may be sought by Convergence Students, but it is the students own responsibility to find and to gain acceptance and negotiate suitable terms for any placement. Students must also submit our Convergence College agency placement contract paperwork, (supplied on request) also duly signed by the placement Agency Manager and the Supervisor covering the clinical placement before the placement is considered for acceptance as a suitable placement by Convergence College. It needs to be of the skills level and relevancy of the client work carried out, for our training requirements, if it is to be accepted by the College Supervisor/Head Tutor and/or Directorate of Convergence College and considered suitable to be counted as relevant skills experience (as valid), acceptable client hours and therefore accepted as a part of the 4 Year Professional Diploma course.
Q. Do I need to be a member of the BACP or is the CPFI enough as student?
Ans. You do not need to be a member of the BACP as a student, although you do need to comply with the ethics of both the BACP and the CPFI. However, you do need to be a student member of the CPFI, as a professional in training with CPFI, within counselling & psychotherapy. All students here at Convergence recognise the importance of regulation and ethics procedures by the CPFI, as this is our current awarding body for the various courses we offer and accredits the certification licensing that we issue to graduates.
Students may also join the BACP if they so wish. At student level we find no advantage in paying out more money than is necessary so we dissuade students until after graduation.
Students of Convergence ought to be able to apply not only to the CPFI, but also to the BACP for student membership without problems, as other students have gained membership in the past due to the fact that our courses are recognised as accredited courses by the CPFI and the fact that the Tutors are Registered Members of the BACP. However, membership as a student, or as a graduate, cannot be guaranteed with the CPFI or the BACP, but is solely at the discretion of the relevant awarding or regulating body applied to, there are strict codes of conduct that need to be adhered to, particularly with reference to professionalism and ethics. Example you must not have any criminal convictions. We had to refuse a student who applied to the NEWSTART agency and to the College recently, who was rejected by the CPFI so we have no way of knowing any outcome.
Q. What is the CPFI?
Ans. The CPFI stands for the Central Pastoral Foundation & Institute The CPFI is an awarding body and regulatory institution for research, validation and that duly accredits organisations and institutions, etc. The CPFI validates our Convergence College courses. And as we are also tutors/assistant tutors that are fully registered with an awarding body (BACP and / or CPFI), we are completely legitimate as a College.
Q. What do I need to know about further study at Convergence College or elsewhere?
Ans. Students wishing to study at Ma, or MSc, or even higher (Doctorate) will need to demonstrate (by previous education levels, or life, or work experience) to the Institute / Uni that they are applying to, that they are competent to study and to pass at that post graduate level of work. It is also possible to negotiate acceptance to start an Ma degree without a first degree, if you have life/work experience or equivalent studies. Example: One Psychotherapist that we know, was accepted in recent years, to study, first at Ba Degree level in Theology,next at Ba (Honours) degree in Laws and a Master’s Degree level in Integrative Psychotherapy without a first degree. Previous education or life experience counts and if you are confident you are able to work at graduate or post degree level. Did you know Professor Erik Erikson did not hold a first degree, he only held two undergraduate Higher Diplomas.
Q. What level is the Convergence 4 Year Professional Diploma?
Ans. Because this training is not simply for counselling level, or even psychotherapeutic counselling, but it is professional psychotherapy, which is usually set at a much higher level of academic work and experience, usually at post graduate.
Q. What level of education is required to apply for the 4-Year Professional Diploma?
Ans. We would suggest that the Professional diploma is not applied for unless you have a first degree or equivalent life/work experience and that you start the Level-3 ‘Foundation 1 Year Certificated course, or if totally inexperienced, the Level-1.
We need to ensure that all students have a first degree or are able to demonstrate their ability to work at this higher level for Psychotherapy graduate training. Our 4 year professional diploma does not need to carry a post graduate university award for psychotherapy. This Professional Diploma, is at an industry standard of over 450 attended classroom tutor hours, where students are expected to work at a the higher post graduate training level. You are professional psychotherapists in training, after all.
Q. What are the requirements, for a student's Personal therapy, on the various courses?
Ans. For the Levels-1 to 3, you do not need to have personal therapy, although we would recommend it, especially on the Level-3 onwards or if you have real issues that need to be dealt with. In any case, personal therapy needs to be part of your overall plan of personal growth and development, if you wish to continue to study and become a professional Psychotherapist. However, if you are studying with us at Diploma CTEC Levels-4 to 7, then you will need to be in therapy for a set number of hours whilst on the various courses. You will also find this info in our Diploma brochures for each level, and available to enquirers.
And for the registered students of the Convergence 4 Year Professional Diploma only - Please see the student handbook for details below.
"Student handbook for 4 year diploma states at section: 4. Personal Psychotherapy
You are required to be in your own personal psychotherapy, at a minimum rate of once a week for at least three years, starting at the beginning of your first year. You need to complete a minimum of 150 hours during the course. Any therapy you may have had before you start the course does not count, your therapist must be (a) professionally qualified, (b) include the spiritual/transpersonal perspective in the therapy, and (c) be approved by the course director or a senior tutor. Your personal psychotherapist cannot be your placement supervisor.
If at any time you take a break from therapy, stop your therapy or change your therapist, you must inform the Convergence College administration both verbally and in writing.
You will need to provide a letter of reference from your therapist confirming your hours at the end of each year. That letter will also need to include their qualifications if they have not been provided already. Students should not be in therapy with two different therapists at any given time.".
The student handbook mentions group therapy as an alternative as well, but not necessary to detail here.
Q. What are the requirements (for the various levels of Diploma) with regard to supervised client hours?
Ans. For Levels-1 to 3 (Intro, Intermediate & Foundation courses) there are no requirements for supervised hours. And again this is mentioned in the brochures for the different levels of diploma from Level-4 to 7.
Please refer to the brochure for up to date information regarding hours required at Levels-4 & 5.
If you are a student on the 4 Year Professional Diploma you will need to familiarise yourself with the Student Handbook and ensure you understand the requirements. You will need to complete 450 hours of supervised normal face to face client hours and have prior completion of the 100 hours of befriending (welcoming) hours, previous to the main set, already mentioned.”.
Q. What is the requirements about current Attendance Levels on the courses?
Ans. Students must attend for 90% of the classroom studies each year on our Levels-3 to 7 courses, though we will allow 80% attendance, in extreme cases of personal compassionate leave, due to GP / Hospitalisation - certification of illness, or evidence of bereavement, or court attendance, or in child or relational violence/separation/divorce, or equivalent compassionate reasons.
You may attend and pay for extra make-up sessions, to gain the required 90% - 100% attendance shown in the Foundation course and Diploma course brochures and 4 Year Student Handbook, but if students are unable to make up attendance to 80% then students may need to complete the year again. We will negotiate the costs of fees involved.
NOTE: If a student wishes to complete the course and graduates and wishes to attend a second time on the courses, we currently allow this attendance at no extra costs involved.
Please Understand: Our aim is to assist students to complete courses and we will not withheld reasonable requests in case of hardship or compassionate reasons, so long as the training skills and theory material is covered comprehensively.
An outline of most of this information is found either in the brochures for the CTEC Levels-1 to 5, and/or within the info for the Convergence College - 4 Year Professional Diploma, please refer to the current Student Handbook - Updated 2018.
Q. What are the standards of the CPFI Accredited CTEC Levels at Convergence?
Ans. CTEC Levels:- Please be aware that these education levels were established to reflect the original NVQ Levels, namely from Level-1 through to Level-8 in University. CTEC, stands for CPFI Technical Education Certification Levels and is the way our Independent College and the CPFI - Which is a Research and Accreditation Institute, regulates the standards for this and other types of higher education care standards of training within the psychotherapy profession. These have no affiliation or any connection or representation, of/or to, the BTEC or later Cambridge Tec qualifications advertised elsewhere in higher education.
Q. How do i get started with Convergence studies?
Ans. First you submit the form above (at the right hand side at the top of the Home page). And secondly text us your interest on 07799 847720. in case we do not receive your email. We are very busy and do not take phone calls initially, so begin with a simple text, or email any queries you may have.
Q. How do i take advantage of the two free class sessions?
Ans. You will need to attend on a Wednesday evening in term time where you will come for an initial informal chat at 6.45pm and you will be asked to fill in a simple short registration form to register your interest. You will then be able to continue at 7pm until 8.30pm in class session. These two typical taster sessions will help you to make an informed choice before you decide if this is the right course for you to apply and pay your deposit.
We are always looking for ways to improve this web site and the Not-for-profit Limited company attempt to answer any and all questions commonly asked by students, either online, or whilst studying in Convergence Psychotherapy. This page will continue to change as rules and regulations change to update information, so please check back regularly to find out any new information that may have changed the way we operate, due to Convergence College, CPFI or the Governmental authorities requirements, or the Law generally. Thank you for your interest.