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Programme Requirements

By the completion of the course students will have met the following requirements:

· Formal Teaching: usually 140 hours per year, and a total of 456 hours over 3 years to examination. This includes two tutorials per academic year.

· Personal counselling or psychotherapy: with a BACP or UKCP registered Humanistic counsellor or therapist for the duration of training is a requirement. This will be of the duration, intensity and frequency of the humanistic counselling model you are training within. This needs to be a minimum of 40 face to face sessions per year, over each year of the programme. Please note that the cost for personal counselling or psychotherapy is not included in the course fees and needs to be funded separately by the student.

· Supervised client hours: students can enter the second year of training only when they are considered ready to see clients by their primary tutor. The level of experience of the individual student will mediate the number of clients seen at each stage of their development as clinicians. However, on entering Year 2 students need to be seeing at least two clients per week. By the completion of training the student will have undertaken a minimum of 150 hours of client work supervised by the primary supervisor (or placement supervisors providing they have a Humanistic orientation). Primary supervisors will submit a report every year.

· Supervision: regular supervision is an integral part of the humanistic counselling training. For beginners, we recommend some form of supervision weekly, and for all students we require some form of supervision fortnightly. However, as students build up their client experience, a minimum of one hour of supervision for every six hours of client contact time is essential. All Metanoia students need to arrange supervision with a Metanoia-approved Humanistic primary supervisor, in consultation with their primary course tutor. At the point of examination, students need to have accrued a minimum of 35 hours of supervision. Please note that the cost for supervision is not included in the course fees and needs to be funded separately by the student. Sometimes the placement where the student gains their client hours provides free supervision.

· Case Discussion Hours: Students are required to arrange and undertake at least 70 hours of case discussion hours.

· Written work: written projects must be submitted in line with the requirements in the programme handbook. Finally, in order to qualify as a counsellor and to achieve both the BSc (Hons) and the Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, a case study must be submitted and a viva voce examination (oral examination) undertaken.

· Student monitoring throughout the programme: there is regular monitoring and feedback of student development during the training. Each student is required to keep a record of all results, tutorials etc. There is open communication between Metanoia tutors, supervisors and placement co- ordinators who work together as a team to enable students to get the most benefit from the training and professional development structure.