A qualification equivalent to

Level 4 within the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)


For full details of the syllabus, course composition, fees, student benefits please download the Course Brochure

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About this course: 

This General Certificate in Online Counselling & Psychotherapy course is intended as an introduction to working online for practitioners working online already, or who are intending to work online, within an existing agency or organisation or on an existing platform such as Dr Julian.

It is also appropriate for those acting as line managers or clinical supervisors within an existing agency or organisational setting to gain insight into online working but not for those who supervise independent practitioners in private practice.

This course sits within the required criteria for European Qualifications Framework (EQF). It is generally agreed that one credit equates to 10 notional hours of learning.

The course has been split into two parts: 1 and 2, to equip you, initially, with the essentials to get you up and running with video sessions (Part 1) and then, later (in Part 2), to explore wider issues, including other media and how you might adapt your initial training to working online.

Course Level and Learning Outcomes:

This Level 4 course utilises EQF criteria and typical learning outcomes are:

KNOWLEDGE:           Factual and theoretical knowledge in broad contexts within online counselling and psychotherapy

SKILLS:                      A range of cognitive and practical skills required to generate solutions to specific problems in a field of work or study

COMPETENCE:          Exercise self-management within the guidelines of work or study contexts that are usually predictable, but are subject to change

Supervise the routine work of others within an agency or organisational setting, taking some responsibility for the evaluation and improvement of work or study activities.

We recommend the Diploma in Online Counselling and Psychotherapy for those who wish to develop their own independent private practice online, provide online supervision to private practitioners, or manage, design, set up or develop an in-house or commercial platform or service.

This course is suitable for:

  • Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists with at least a minimum of a 1 year full time or 2 year part time counselling and/or psychotherapy Diploma, delivered face to face, which includes a supervised placement as an integral part of the course.
  • It is particularly suitable for those who already work online but have no specific online training or those who are planning to work online either via an existing platform, such as Dr Julian, or within an existing agency or organisational setting.
  • The course will be taught in English and is open to professionals from all You will be required to be able to study and communicate well in English for acceptance to the course. If English is not your first language please contact the Admission Officer.

Entry requirements:

To be eligible for this course you must have successfully completed a minimum of a 1 year full time or 2 year part time counselling and/or psychotherapy Diploma, delivered face to face, which includes a supervised placement as an integral part of the course.

If you don’t hold these qualifications you may be eligible via our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) route. Acceptance on to the course for those without the minimum qualification, is subject to the discretion of the Training Director.

Anyone with a different qualification (such as Chaplains, Psychiatrists, Health Visitors), should contact   the Admissions Officer to see whether your qualification or experience is appropriate.

Course Aims and Student Goals

Most of our students are already very experienced therapists choosing to do the course to work towards developing their own online practice or because they work within an agency or organisation that is planning or already running an online service. Because each of you will choose our course for your own reasons, our aims and objectives are geared towards helping you fulfil yours.  For example, if you’re working within an online schools-based service you’ll have a very different set of aims and objectives than if you’re already in private practice and wanting to expand your activities to include online working via Dr Julian. You will negotiate your aims and objectives and the focus of your coursework with your tutor at the outset so that we can support you in fulfilling them.

For this reason we have opted for an external examiner (see more on page 6) rather than a formal external validation, so that we can be more flexible about our students’ learning needs.

Course Dates


Course Part & Schedule


Time(s) GMT

Date(s) of teaching and workshop sessions


2 sessions – with a reading week in between

Weekday Evening

Tuesday 7.00-8.30 pm 5 & 19 September 2017


Saturday 10.00-11.30 am 16 & 30 September 2017

Weekday Daytime

Wednesday 10.00-11.30 am 4 & 18 October 2017

Weekday Evening

Wednesday 7.00-8.30 pm 8 & 22 November 2017

Weekday Evening

Tuesday 7.00-8.30 pm 14 & 28 November 2017


Saturday 10.00-11.30 am 13 & 27 January 2018

Weekday Evening

Tuesday 7.00-8.30 pm 22 May & 5 June 2018

Weekday Daytime

Wednesday 10.00-11.30 am 20 June & 4 July 2018


16 sessions – with a reading week and break(s) in between

Weekday Evening

Tuesday &


7.00-8.30 pm


16 January – 7 February 2018 &

27 February – 21 March 2018

Weekday Daytime

Monday & Thursday 9.30-11.00 am


26 February – 29 March 2018 &

16 April – 3 May 2018





10.00-11.30 am

& 12.30-2.00 pm


21 & 28 April 2018,

12 & 19 May 2018,

9 & 16 June 2018 &

30 June & 7 July 2018

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