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.
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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