Willows Counselling & Training

Willows is a safe space offering counselling support for people feeling worried about anything affecting their mental health, as well as delivering training for people to become counsellors.

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Details – Level 5 Diploma in Trauma Counselling (CPCAB)


Course requirements

  • Prior completion of a recognised Level 4 Counselling Diploma course or higher (with a min 420 guided learning hours (GLH)).
  • Currently in clinical practice.
  • Full completion of the course application form (available on request).
  • Write a pre-course essay on your clinical experience and your motivation for applying for this course. (approx. 1000 words).
  • You will be invited to attend a pre course interview.


  • Jan – Dec 2022

Course Fees

  • £2,350
  • Excludes course books, Saturday workshops and 20 hours of personal counselling

Course Content

  • Equip counsellors to recognise, assess and work with trauma more effectively in their clinical practice, including single, complex and developmental trauma, and the effect of attachment injury.
  • Students will be taught a range of trauma theory and associated skills based on the Three Phase Trauma Model.
  • The course will provide opportunities to learn and develop skills using an integrative model of trauma, including working somatically and with dissociation.
  • Additional themes covered in the course will be somatic work, neurobiology, attachment theory, flashbacks, dissociation, symptom reduction, shame, diversity, risk, rupture & repair, supervision, resilience and self-care.

Student commitment

  • Attending the training session each month.
  • Maintaining a reflective journal of progress and self-awareness.
  • Attending termly tutorials with a personal tutor.
  • Completing a range of assignments including a case presentation, case study and an essay.
  • Reading the book/s from the required reading list.
  • Completion of a portfolio of written work.
  • Completion of a minimum of 15 hours of supervised clinical practice with trauma clients.
  • Completion of 15 hours of personal counselling.
  • A commitment of approximately 6 – 8 hours per week for study, reading, research and written work in addition to the training sessions.

Student membership of a professional counselling body

How to apply

Please download the following three items – Level 5 Letter to Students, Level 5 Application Form and Level 5 Course Leaflet.

If you need more information please email the Training Coordinator receptiontw@willowscounselling.org.uk

Successful applicants must accept their place in writing within 7 days with full
payment or deposit.