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The Chrysalis Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. Become a fully accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist in 3 years, practise Hypnotherapy after just 1 year.




Can Chrysalis courses make me eligible to become a registrant with a register recognised by the Professional Standards Authority? (an Accredited Register)?

Yes. In 2010 the Government asked the Professional Standards Authority (which oversees organisations such as the General Medical Council, Health & Care Professions Council, and Nursing & Midwifery Council) to launch a system of Accredited Registers for professional associations who could meet the rigorous standards. The Accredited Register programme was launched in 2012 and it is now vital that counsellors and therapists are registered. The public is increasingly seeking only accredited registrants and the NHS is including the Accredited Register programme in its provision of services.

Chrysalis courses, where indicated, are your route to the all important status of being a Registrant on an Accredited Register which is now vital for your professional success.

What is studying with Chrysalis like?

  • As well as face to face work, you will be given a wide variety of regular assessed practical and theoretical modules.
  • There is one homework assignment per month with an average of 30 hours reading and writing – approximately 8 hours per week.
  • Many courses have practice groups which meet between modules.
  • A personal tutor is available by phone in-between classes (at set contact times).
  • Your client work will be appropriate to your chosen course and skill level and can range from supervised case studies to a placement depending on your chosen course.
  • Our methods of assessing students are wide ranging and fair, focusing on key practical skills.  Chrysalis uses a system of independent second marking as well as using a highly qualified External Examiner to ensure quality and consistency.
  • Each year, final assessment is on your practical classroom work and work with clients and you will qualify if considered safe, ethical and competent at the level of your chosen course.

Are Chrysalis courses accredited by reputable professional associations?

Yes. Chrysalis courses are fully accredited by either the National Counselling Society or National Hypnotherapy Society, which are both Accredited Register holders with the Professional Standards Authority.

It’s compulsory to join the Societies and maintain membership throughout training, as well as to join as a Registrant or Accredited Member on graduation (depending on course.) From there, you can progress to even higher levels of membership and recognition.

Joining a professional body gives our students a host of benefits, including; professional insurance and recognition, access to newsletters, journals and websites, peer support, reduced advertising rates and so on.

The Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory (Dip CST.) is quality checked by the National Counselling Society. Our graduates join the NCS and gain Associate Membership upon completion.

The Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Ad. Dip. PsyC) is fully accredited by the National Counselling Society – a prominent, national professional body. Our graduates may join the National Counselling Society as Accredited Members (MNCS Acc.) on completion of their courses. In addition, Chrysalis graduates, as members of our designated professional bodies, are eligible to join the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH). If they progress professionally, senior members can become Fellows of the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH).

The Certificate in Hypnotherapy & Counselling Skills (Cert. Hyp CS) is fully accredited and recognised by the National Hypnotherapy Society, which is the UK's largest accrediting body for hypnotherapy and was instrumental in the establishment of National Occupational Standards for hypnotherapy. Our graduates join the HS as an automatic right as fully recognised, professional members ("MHS").

Are Chrysalis courses recognised by OFQUAL and are they on the QCF?

Yes.  Where indicated, courses are recognised by OFQUAL via AIM Awards and are listed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework.   Unlike other training providers who just issue their own “internal” qualifications, Chrysalis qualifications are externally recognised and credits can be transferred for further education.

You can see the full syllabus information for each course (using the course code) by searching the Ofqual Register.

What are the benefits of a Chrysalis course?

Professional Growth

  • Become a professional therapist or counsellor with good earning potential
  • Earn recognised and accredited qualifications
  • Gain professional recognition through national professional associations
  • Be eligible to join an Accredited Register recognised by the Professional Standards Authority*
  • Start a new career or enhance your current career
  • Use your Chrysalis qualifications as a recognised route to Higher Education*
  • Work flexibly in a range of settings; employed, self-employed, full or part-time.
  • Retrain during difficult economic times to invest in the future

*subject to terms and conditions

Personal Growth

  • Embark upon personal growth and change in a safe, professional setting
  • Be able to help others with a wide variety of problems and issues
  • Explore the nature of the human being - thoughts, feelings, selfhood
  • Choose a rewarding and meaningful course of study
  • Gain more confidence in relationships at work and for yourself
  • Meet others with similar interests
  • Gain a sense of personal satisfaction and achievement
  • Make a real difference to people

When and where do courses take place?

  • Courses are held across the UK in many different locations. (Please note, although we run courses at universities, they are not part of the university syllabus).
  • Chrysalis courses meet for one full class day per month, on a weekend. In addition, students meet with fellow students for scheduled practice sessions, which are arranged flexibly and can be evenings or weekends.
  • Classes run throughout the year with the exception of July, August and late December.
  • Courses start in either Spring or Autumn depending on your location.
  • Your brochure label will provide you with exact dates and the location of your nearest course. Courses normally start in the venue where you are interviewed.
  • As our courses are routinely over-subscribed we advise that you enrol several months before your course begins in order to reserve your place and secure your funding.

What can I do with a Chrysalis qualification?

  • On graduation from indicated courses, you will be eligible to gain accredited membership with the relevant bodies and, subject to terms and conditions, join an Accredited Register.
  • You’ll be able to use your qualifications as building blocks, taking your QCF credits elsewhere or progressing to Higher Education and postgraduate studies.
  • Career opportunities with a Chrysalis qualification can include; self-employment, whether working in a clinic or from home; employment in a variety of settings; enhancing your existing career; training and supervising, and a host of others. These opportunities can and should be combined to gain full use of your qualification.
  • It’s worth noting that job opportunities are generally available for counsellors. There are few, if any jobs available for hypnotherapists and the vast majority of hypnotherapists therefore work in private practice. 
  • We can help you towards building a successful practice and ensure you understand all the relevant elements of using your qualification successfully. 

How do placements and supervision work with Chrysalis?

  • Earlier courses are case study based and use classroom supervision. 
  • The Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling requires a formally supervised placement arrangement and the Level 5 Diploma requires an approved external placement.  For these two courses, supervision and placements are generally arranged by the student (with support from Chrysalis) and will incur some additional expense.  Chrysalis will help arrange a number of low cost supervision options for you.

What costs are there other than course fees?

  • Additional costs include your purchase of required texts and your travel expenses. 
  • You will be required to join the relevant Professional Associations for your chosen courses and must pay their separate membership fees (currently these are £90-£100 per year) throughout your studies.
  • Students wishing to register with AIM Awards to receive AIM/Ofqual certification are required to pay a small separate fee on enrolment (currently £65 for year one) and for each year thereafter they require an AIM certificate.
  • If you’re on the 3 year Level 4 Advanced Diploma or Level 5 Diploma you will need to budget, further down your studies, for the costs of attending a placement or in having supervision.

What standards do I have to meet to apply?

  • Entry into our first year is open to any adult who can demonstrate that they can understand the course materials, is ethical and responsible, and who wishes to make a difference to themselves and others by entering this field.  If you have a desire to grow and to help others, we welcome your application.
  • Direct Entry onto our second year is possible if you have a Level 3 qualification in counselling or some types of professional hypnotherapy qualification.
  • Entry onto our Level 5 & 6 courses is normally at the point of passing our other courses.

Why do we write a journal when studying?

As part of the Chrysalis Not For Profit course you will be asked to write a journal every month, some of which will be marked the following month some will be marked later on, but they will all make up your ‘story’.

A journal is really an opportunity to reflect on where you are, how you are doing, the things you have liked, the things that perhaps you haven't liked and the things you are enjoying or even not enjoying.

Whilst you will always be given guidance on what you need to include within in each journal entry, it is really the time to let the ‘real’ you show.  You can include personal experiences and how they relate to your training or even look at the wider world and link your experiences to others experiences.

Life can be challenging at times, and this can affect how you learn, what you like, what you don't like, as well as many other things.  The use of a journal can help you to identify where you might need help or advice, what you are doing well, your strengths and any weaknesses. 

Using your journal well, and making it really personal to you, will undoubtedly help you to become a good therapist.  How? It is quite simple really, a good therapist will be self-aware, reflective, willing to continue learning and know when to ask for help. Qualified therapists generally have the help of a Supervisor too in order to achieve these things, and your journal really can help you get into the habit of looking at yourself and what is going on for you.

Don’t be afraid to express yourself freely in your journal, it is after all your journey, so it makes sense that to a huge extent it be about you.

Remember to learn to appreciate yourself and include the things you feel you are doing well.

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Do I have to do a placement to pass?

Yes you do, to complete year 3 of our Level 4 Advanced Diploma course you will need to achieve 100 hours of supervised practice.
In the "how to find a placement" guide there are several steps you should follow when considering which route is right for you. Please access this via the Student Area of our website in the ‘Placement Forms’ section.

What are my Placement options?

There are many different options when it comes to placements; the key is to deciding where you want to go within the profession. We recommend that for support and guidance you should always initially approach your Tutor.
We have a secondary support system at Head Office that can support your administrative needs, you can access us via our placement email address placements@chrysaliscourses.co.uk.
Chrysalis will update the website as and when placement opportunities arrive and what placement providers we recommend.


What is an External Placement Arrangement?

An External Placement Arrangement is an arrangement that is formed between the Student Counsellor, a vetted Client and a Supervisor. You can source your External Supervisor via the National Counselling Society (our Accreditation Body). 
You will need to source An External Supervisor for your External Placement Arrangement and this must be evidenced by Students. There is an additional fee for sourcing your own External Supervisor there will be an extra cost if the student has to find their own supervisor. The cost varies from area to area, there will be supervisors that charge £30, but realistically you would expect to pay around £50 per hour. Chrysalis advises all students to visit the NCS website and search for supervisors in their local area. Please visit https://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/

How do I find a Placement?

Every person has a different experience to finding a placement, in essence it’s the same as finding a new job as you need to apply, attend an interview and wait to be accepted.
There are many well-recognised organisations that have experience in the provision of placement opportunities and who have local branches. We advise you to write to these organisations as well as the smaller local centres for a greater chance of a response. It is also important for you to be flexible. You may prefer to work in a particular setting but the wider your application process the better the chances of success, it will also broaden your experience and chances are you will enjoy it. 
Make sure you update your C.V and adapt your covering letters. It is better to tailor your C.V to the needs of the provider than to send out a generic application.
We also recommend that you check Notice-boards and bulletins on Counselling Websites.

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