Joint professional life coaching and counselling anyone else done this course and have you been able to get employment from this? ng course

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Katie Jones

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Dagmara Elminowska

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I am currently studying counselling and also interested in life coaching. In reality your chances for employment in counselling after online courses are very, very low. Actually, the chances are zero. I know. I've been researching. There are many accredited counsellors by BACP (the official body) and you can only become one after finishing an accredited course (never online) and supervised 150 hours of counselling. So.. what can you do?! There is a chance for you to skip the first year of the counselling at your college and go straight to the second. This way you will save money and time. I estimate the cost at £850 for the second year . To make sure you have done some supervised hours go to the charity called Cruse. They always need volunteers and offer them supervised hours. One big disadvantage - you need to pay for their training course - £300. Yes, £300 to become an unpaid volunteer. Sorry to say but all the charities I contacted can train you after you pay them few hundred pounds up front. Many counsellors train there. Then before accreditation from BACP you need to do the final year at the university (with your college you should be able to skip the first 2 years) which costs £6000 (excluding travelling expenses). Forget about working for someone and work for yourself. This way for now you don't need the accreditation from BACP and you can have paid clients after finishing the online course. Many people will recommend you if you are good and this way you will get new clients. If you don't have a degree yet then you can apply for a loan (up to £4500 - as you see it only covers some of the costs) and go to the university and study there. Life coaching is intended for self-employed. Set up a free website, choose a name and get started.
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I can back this up totally and agree that self-employed life coaching is the way to go. Not only will it afford you work, it will also help a lot of people as it is a more positive approach and given that there are crazy waiting lists for clinical and social services trained therapists and social workers. I have many years experience in mental health nursing, then I did level 2 counselling skills at the Belfast Met and level 3 counselling theory at the Open University (D171). But the cost of further CPCAB or BACP training is ferocious and very long and drawn out time wise - then you have to pay for supervision etc. It's fine for people already in high paid jobs who just want to consolidate their qualifications within big organisational contexts. I just want to be able to help people and to make a reasonable living at the same time, so this course is ideal. In the long term, your reputation will speak for itself and perhaps at such times as they start to certify life coaches professionally, there will be a facility for accredited prior learning. This course is very full, comprehensive and up-to-date, I am happy with it and look forward to setting up my practice. best of luck fellow students :)
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Katie Jones

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Hi thank you so much for your reply. I know what you mean about the expensive Accreditation training. BACP I've seen job applications for a school councellor. That would fit me perfectly. Do you think then that there is no chance working for someone else with this qualification? Has it got any recognisable accreditation for future employers?

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Katie Jones
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Dagmara Elminowska

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I don't think you have a chance to work at school without BACP accreditation. Why do you try to work for someone else when working for yourself can open so many doors for you? You will be paid much more, do it in your own terms and work when you want and decide how many clients you want. Some employers do not require BACP accreditation but.. at least proper 2 years college diploma with 100 hours of practice done (no shortcuts with online courses I'm afraid). Volunteering is not acceptable and besides costs hundreds of pounds to start.. yes, volunteering. It's not free anymore for counselling experience. Only working for yourself is the option. Accept it or go to the local college and study for 2 years. The college won't accept your online diploma to reduce the time of studies. There is no guarantee it will give you the job you want when you graduate so explore self-employment instead, save your time and money. If you are good you will find a way to have enough clients. You sound like you don't believe in your abilities hence your search for an employer. Face your fear and work for yourself.
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Roberta McDonnell

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Hi Katie, while I think other comments are correct in that education or health services will not see you as a qualified counsellor with this course alone, it is possible that they would view your efforts at self-directed learning as a positive thing and may take you on as an unqualified counselling helper or something like that - then they might help you to pursue further qualifications at a local establishment (maybe they would help with fees also?). I still think this course is worth doing and there is no restriction on using the title counsellor or life coach (yet) as far as I know, but CPCAB or BACP will definitely not accredit it. However, the life coaching component might go towards accreditation with for example AC (Association of Coaching) and EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) - who are still formulating their professional identity so in my estimation we should get in now. My plan is to do this course, offer free sessions for experience, keep a written portfolio and seek supervision from some established local coaches. If I document all this and join AC and EMCC plus take out insurance, then I think I will feel ready to set up a practice. Best of luck folks, Roberta :)

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Danielle Esprit

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Im studying counseling skills level 3 on cue I have passed I've been told by my local college I can study level 5 part time at college... Funding is covered by the 24 plus loan... I will then start my private practice
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Karen Preater

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I've just started the Life Skills Coaching course, so excited to be doing it and intend to work for myself once completed :-) do you know of any restrictions with us providing free coaching sessions for practice with friends/family? 

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Kirstie Lockyer

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Karen I want to do the same have tyou got an email? mines lockyerkirstie@yahoo.com