CPT Counsellor Training

The Counselling Pastoral Trust Training School was founded in 1995 to train and equip counsellors and those in caring professions, and to raise the standard of care being offered.


Why train with CPT?

The CPT training school provides a ladder to progress from an introductory level to professional training, and for learning further skills including clinical assessment through specialist seminars and Continual Professional Development workshops.

Skills acquisition and learning requires an environment which models the safety of the therapeutic relationship. At CPT, through personal development, trainees explore their own spiritual and moral values and the impact of these on their use of counselling skills.

With supervision, adherence to ethics and boundaries, work with clients is safe and contained.

We offer the following training — click on the course name for more information:


(This course is accredited by The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society and, at the discretion of the society, is a route onto a national register of counsellors which is accredited by The Professional Standards Authority).


All courses subscribe to the NCPS Code of Ethics and BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.


CPT’s aim is for students to develop an understanding of emotional experience, which enables them to attune to and connect with clients, assisting clients to have the change they desire. Trainees learn about the importance of supervision and clinical management of client work; we provide placement opportunities for applying theory in both individual and group settings. Training takes place in small groups, where considerable interaction with trainers facilitates the learning process.


Summary of courses





Course components


Introduction to Counselling Certificate 


Advanced Diploma in Counselling Practice (450 g.l.h) (NCPS Accredited)

Practice Level

Pre-practice/ foundation

The Advanced Diploma course is the qualification required for independent practice and on completion admission to NCS accredited register (accredited by Professional Standards Authority). 

Tutor contact hours (t.c.h.) for this Level alone

75 t.c.h.

(30 t.c.h. for Award)

450 t.c.h.

Core theoretical models







Schema Therapy

Personal development/experiential group work

Skills only


Personal therapy required






Placement / practicumc





£2,708 + 10% admin fee per year

Typical length of course

5 months

2 years plus 100 client hours


b A pre-requisite for entry to the Advanced Diploma in Counselling Practice (450 g.l.h) (NCPS Accredited)  is Level 3.