Required Training for this Role
Although there's no single compulsory training required to become a counsellor, employers will expect an individual to have undertaken professional training and be a member of a recognised professional body as a minimum. Membership shows that you meet certain professional and educational standards and abide by a code of ethics. Many employers will expect professional body registration and/or accreditation.
To work directly in improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) services, counsellors must have achieved individual accredited status with a recognised professional body and have undertaken an approved IAPT training. The approved IAPT trainings include: Counselling for Depression (CfD), Couple Therapy for Depression, Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression (IPT).
Counselling training is delivered in a variety of contexts including further education, higher education and private training institutes with different routes to professional registration. This encourages a broad and inclusive pool of therapists where life experience and interpersonal skills are valued alongside academic levels of achievement.