At Spurgeon’s College we offer three part–time professional Counselling courses. The courses follow the syllabuses of the Central School for Counselling Training and are validated by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). Students who successfully complete each course receive a certificated qualification which is widely accepted in both Christian and secular settings.

Whilst the content of CSCT courses is not exclusively faith-based, they are usually delivered at Spurgeon’s College by Christians. This provides a unique opportunity to study professionally recognised secular courses in a Christian environment. Students often find this a stimulating and rewarding experience

The courses are regarded as more than meeting the training component for accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Who are the courses for?

The courses are suitable for individuals over the age of 19, and we welcome applications from all sections of the population. Some applicants are anxious about returning to study after a prolonged gap, but we offer a high level of tutorial support and encouragement and our students have experienced a great deal of success.

What qualifications are available?

There are three levels of validated training:

Each course focuses on counselling skills training, theory and raising self-awareness. The courses are practical and experiential as well as theoretical and students need to be willing to share personal material.  Students are exposed to the main counselling theories and encouraged to form their own integrative model of counselling which integrates these within the overarching CPCAB model of practitioner development and proficiency. This consists of three parts which together set out what a trainee needs to learn to work as an effective helper or counsellor.

These are:

  • The seven processes that contribute to therapeutic change
  • Three ways of understanding and working with therapeutic change
  • Three levels of therapeutic change

These elements of the CPCAB model are foundational to the courses and are developed as students follow the progression route.

1. The seven processes that contribute to therapeutic change

  • Working safely
  • Working through the relationship
  • Working with difference and diversity
  • Focusing the work on the person being helped
  • Working with self-awareness
  • Working with theory, skills and techniques
  • Working reflectively

 2. Three ways of understanding and working with therapeutic change

  • Working with the self in relationship with others
  • Working with the history of the self
  • Working with the structure of the self

 3. Three levels of therapeutic change

  • Working with a counsellor on common life problems
  • Working with a counsellor to enable change and growth within the person
  • Working with a counsellor on severe and complex mental health problems to enable change within the foundation of the person

Introduction to Counselling

In addition, Spurgeon’s College offers a non-validated Level 1 course each spring and autumn in the form of a ten week evening class: Introduction to Counselling. This short course is especially suitable for those who find themselves in helping situations in church or at work, and for those who wish to see whether further counselling training is for them. The course takes place on Thursday evenings from 7.00 p.m. to 9.45 p.m.