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Course 2The Chrysalis Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory Course (Dip CST.)

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  • Course Length: 2 Years. This course will include Course 1 as part of the syllabus (Applicants with Level 3 Counselling Skills or similar can complete this course in 1 year by starting at year 2.)

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Successful candidates will achieve an AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory 601/2243/2

Our unique psychotherapeutic counselling training uses a core model based on exploring the client’s past, present and future, then learning different techniques and skills which will help them heal, become whole, resolve their issues and achieve their goals.  

Choose this course if you want to make great progress towards becoming a counsellor and be recognised for your therapeutic skills. If you already have a counselling qualification at Level 3 or equivalent, you can start this course in the second year.


  • Become a Therapeutic Skills Practitioner (Dip CST.)
  • Course Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society
    • Join as an Associate member with many membership benefits including eligibility to join the Royal Society for Public Health.  
  • Stepping stone to the Society’s Accredited Register for Counsellors, recognised by the Professional Standards Authority. This is subject to completing further studies.
  • Receive a Level 4 Diploma from AIM Awards
  • A clear progression path which can lead to professional counselling and Higher Education

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Course Length: 2 Years  300 practical hours in total

Applicants with Level 3 Counselling Skills or similar can complete this course in 1 year by starting at year 2.

Year One: Ten Modules as per Chrysalis Certificate in Hypnotherapy & Counselling Skills

Year Two: Over 10 weekends, you’ll study the following six units:

  1. Working With a Client’s Present
    Includes; Exploring the Client’s present issues and concerns and making decisions about the right course of action.
  2. Working With a Client’s Past
    Includes; Exploring modalities, ideas and techniques which help you understand how the past affects the present.
  3. Working With a Client’s Future
    Includes; Exploring where the client is going and helping them make progress
  4. Stress, Anxiety & Self-Defeating Behaviours
  5. Relationships, Bereavement and Loss
  6. Development, Motivation and Creativity
    Includes; Working with Anger and Frustration; Personal Growth, Becoming a Therapist

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Study Methods:  Practical classroom work; Practice Groups; Homework assignments; Reflective Journal; Case Studies; Focus on practical work with no final exam.

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