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Diploma in Relational Counselling


This Diploma in Relational Counselling equips counsellors with the theory, understanding and skills to work relationally on a wide range of issues. This customised award has been credit rated by SQA at Level 11 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) with 120 credit points and has full validation from Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA).

Diploma in Relational Counselling - this course has been credit rated using the scottish credit and qualifications framework

Course description

This 2-year specialist Diploma in Relational Counselling takes an Integrative approach to counselling, drawing upon humanistic and cognitive behavioural counselling orientations. Psychoanalytic adult attachment theories (particularly Jeremy Holmes) are a major focus, looking at how our attachment history affects all aspects of life. The course employs Gerard Egan’s Skilled Helper Model as a guiding framework. The course covers issues that impact relationships from cradle to grave.

The Diploma provides a mix of theory, personal development and skills practice, supported by discussion and reflective exercises with peers and tutors. Students are encouraged to deepen their theoretical understanding, examine their beliefs and attitudes, and develop skills appropriate to inter-relational counselling. Group Supervision is also an integral part of the course.

Diploma in Relational Counselling - this diploma has been SCQF rated by the SQA

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Who is the Diploma in Relational Counselling for?


This Diploma in Relational Counselling is aimed at those who want to become qualified counsellors.

The Diploma enables trainees to make the transition from using counselling skills to being able to work relationally with clients from cradle to grave. Participants will be supported to become highly skilled integrative counsellors and reflective practitioners who are able to work ethically and effectively.

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Course entry requirements


Course applicants are expected to have a first degree and a COSCA Counselling Skills certificate as a minimum entry requirement.

APEL for previous experience will be considered.

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Diploma in Relational Counselling – course components


The Diploma course includes:

    • 25 days of face-to-face training each year
    • Written assignments including academic essays and learning journals
    • A counselling placement of 170 hours
    • Supervision

The Course has a strong research focus. Students are encouraged to engage with research to further theoretical knowledge in the counselling field. Students will be required to submit a research proposal and, on successful completion of the Diploma, may progress to an MSc.

Year 1

  • Core Module 1: Introduction to Relational Counselling Processes
  • Core Module 2: Introduction to Counselling Theory
  • Core Module 3: Fundamentals of Counselling Practice
  • Core Module B1: Working Relationally: cradle to grave

Year 2

  • Core Module 4: Relational Counselling Processes
  • Core Module 5: Counselling Theory
  • Core Module 6: Self-Awareness and Reflective Practice
  • Core Module B2: Working Relationally: Diversity

Advanced Modules

The first advanced modules, Working Relationally, is embedded in the Diploma course. Candidates have the option to add further 10-day Advanced Modules either as part of a Master’s year or as stand-alone professional development. These Modules build on the core theories and processes of the Diploma and are:

  • Methodologies for Working with Children & Young People
  • Methodologies for working with Families

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Time commitment and training dates


Applicants must commit to attending the core training days, personal study, a counselling placement, and supervision. Training sessions are 9.30am until 5pm.

Year 1 Training Dates:

Training Day
Date Location
1 Saturday 11 September 2021 The Spark
2 Saturday 25 September 2021 The Spark
3 Saturday 9 October 2021 The Spark
4 Saturday 23 October 2021 The Spark
5 & 6 Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 November 2021 The Spark
7 & 8 Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 November 2021 The Spark
9 & 10 Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 December 2021 The Spark
11 Saturday 8 January 2022 The Spark
12 Saturday 22 January 2022 The Spark
13 Saturday 5 February 2022 The Spark
14 Saturday 19 February 2022 The Spark
15 Saturday 5 March 2022 The Spark
16 Saturday 19 March 2022 The Spark
17, 18 & 19 Saturday 2, 16 & 30 April 2022 The Spark
20 Saturday 1 May 2022 The Spark
21 Saturday 14 May 2022 The Spark
22 & 23 Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May 2022 The Spark
24 Saturday 11 June 2022 The Spark
25 Saturday 25 June 2022 The Spark

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Course fees


The Diploma in Relational Counselling costs £7,200 for 2 years study (£3,600 per year, £900 per module). £600 deposit is required on accepting a place.

All fees are non-refundable and VAT exempt.  A payment plan is available.

If your clinical practice placement is with The Spark, supervision will be provided.

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How to apply


To apply, download the application form and references document below and return both via email.

Diploma in Relational Counselling – application form

Diploma in Relational Counselling – references form

More information

Learn more about The Spark’s range of introductory, intermediate and advanced training in our Continuous Professional Development section.