Advanced Specialist Diploma in Relationship Counselling


This graduate level Diploma course is aimed at qualified counsellors interested in developing and expanding their current practice in order to facilitate work with couples and relationships.

The course will be delivered over 6 weekends at the Heartwood Centre on the Dartington Estate.

The training will deliver a range of theory and techniques designed to equip students with the skills required to work ethically and competently with issues of dysfunctional relationships, and a variety of issues related to working with couples.

The course is delivered using a variety of experiential and didactic methods and is designed to both inspire and engender confidence in students to work as Relationship Counsellors.

The training is professionally recognised by the National Counselling Society and can be used to support your application for membership status of: Senior Accredited Registrant (MNCS Snr Accred).



Entry requirements for this course:

  • Must be currently in practice (private practice or within an agency).
  • Must have at least 200 hours of supervised clinical practice hours to date.
  • Must be a member of a governing body (BACP NCS UKCP etc)
  • Must have a minimum of Level 4 Diploma in Counselling qualification (or equivalent)

Assessment for this course:

  • Course journal
  • Assignments
  • Engagement in course exercises
  • Supervisors report
  • Case study

This course has been awarded Specialist Diploma status by National Counselling Society .

Cost of this course:

  • £1,475
  • Early bird discount of £100 if deposit received by 1st August 2018

This includes all teaching days, assessment, tutorials, external assessment and teaching materials.


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At a Glance:


  • Cost: £1475 including deposit, payment plan available
  • Location: Dartington Hall Estate
  • Frequency: one weekend per month, 6 weekends in total
  • Next Start: 27th/28th October 2018
  • Entry Requirements: Level 4 Diploma in Counselling (or equivalent, 200 hours of supervised counselling practice
  • Enrolment:  Informal interview, application form, £200 non-refundable deposit
  • Early bird discount of £100 if deposit received by 1st August 2018
  • Interview dates: throughout the year
  • Assessment: Internal - assignments and case study
  • Status:  National Counselling Society Advanced Specialist Diploma
  • Your place on the course is only secured on receipt of the non-refundable deposit






Dinah Mears - Course Tutor

I began my career by training as a State Registered Nurse and then moved into community work running Family Support Groups and a Youth Club for Devon County Council.  In 1993 I worked with the International Red Cross resettling traumatised refugee families to Devon from the war in the former Yugoslavia.  I began my therapeutic training in 1999, alongside my role in a child protection team where I began to develop an open access support service for parents and children.

While completing both the Foundation and Clinical practice Certificate in Family Therapy from Exeter University's Department of Psychology, I spent 10 years working as a manager of Family Support Services in the field of Child Protection.

I then worked as a counsellor and trainer with Relate for 10 years, before developing my own private counselling practice.  During the last sixteen years, I have also become a specialist trainer and consultant in the field of Domestic Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation.  I deliver training on these subjects across the UK.

Outside my work I enjoy swimming, vinyasa yoga and a spot of fairweather camping.

Relationships are the core part of how we function in the world as human beings, and as such my curiosity about them is fundamental to the work that I do whether it is counselling, training or supervision.

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