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Alif level 4 Islamic Counselling course is a two-year part-time qualification which gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context.

It is designed to lead to an employed or voluntary role in a counselling agency in both health care and non-medical settings. Candidates will develop as a Counselling practitioner gaining skills and knowledge in the application of a variety of Counselling approaches combined to give an integrative model. Candidates will gain knowledge and skills from the Islamic perspective, and a proficiency in the epistemological framework of the Islamic psychological tradition. The leaners will learn to apply Islamic therapeutic skills and techniques.

• Explore a a variety of counselling and therapeutic approaches.
• Cover in depth the five broad counselling theoretical schools and their practical application.
• Understand psychological and spiritual disorders for the counselling practitioner perspective and their Islamic ; psychological ; and spiritual coping strategies.
• Apply Islamic psychotherapeutic approaches to treatment using case studies and role play.
• Learn the ART model and the methods of applying Islamic therapeutic knowledge in their counselling profession.
Do I have to do both level 2 and level 3 to become a qualified Chaplain?
Although students will be given the option to do just level 2 or just level 3 (depending on qualifications), students must complete both level 2 and level 3 to become qualified Chaplains.
Who is the accrediting body?
The full 1-year programme is accredited by the CPCAB.
Are there any practice requirements?
There are no formal practice requirements for this module. Students can participate in this module as practitioners (Chaplains) or for the purpose of a study of Chaplaincy practice.
What is the entry requirement?
Applicants should be 18 years of age or above and be proficient in English reading, writing and speaking.
Is this for professional counsellors, or those with a relevant background?
No, this qualification is open to all individuals regardless of their background.
Will there be any adjustments made should I need it?
In order to make sure that assessment is fair to all candidates, CPCAB requires all registered centres to have an appropriate candidate support system in place and to make appropriate arrangements to meet individual assessment needs. Students can ensure that their own learning and assessment needs are being met by discussing their own needs/difficulties with their tutor, who can ensure that they receive the appropriate support at their centre.
Will there be an opportunity to re-sit the exam should I fail?
If a student’s external assessment result is ‘Not Proficient’, the candidate’s centre can make arrangements with CPCAB for them to re-sit the assessment or else appeal against the assessment result. A fee is charged for both a re-sit and an appeal, but if the appeal is successful the candidate’s fee is refunded. Candidate’s tutor can ask CPCAB for verbal feedback on external assessment results in order to help the centre decide whether an appeal is warranted.
If I can no longer attend the programme, can I receive a refund?
Should students wish to withdraw from one of our courses, students have until the first session (class one) from the start of teaching in which they can cancel their place on the programme and receive a refund if they’ve paid in full (candidates must however pay for the first weekend - £226.97 Registration fee – which is non-refundable) – after which students will not be able to receive a refund as by registering to study with us, you have agreed to pay your fees in full. Candidates are therefore expected to pay their fees in full, whether they wish to continue or not, after the first session, unless they have a mitigating circumstance, whereby evidence will have to be provided.
Can I receive a refund for my registration fee?
In order to register on to our course, students will be required to pay a £226.97 Registration Fee (effective from 1st January 2020) which is non-refundable. 
The Registration Fee must be received within two weeks prior to the student’s course to guarantee their place on the chosen Alif Institute Islamic Counselling programme.
The Registration Fee will be offset against the student’s overall course fee. 
I may not be able to attend all the classes – will this have an impact on my qualification?
It is paramount that students attend all sessions. Students should only miss up to a maximum of 2 sessions in circumstances where it is absolutely necessary. Should students miss a class, they should try and make this up by attending the same class session in a different city.

Duration: Two-year part time. One weekend per month.


Registration Fee: £226.97 (This is inclusive of the fee payment)

*The Registration Fee must paid to secure your place on the course.

Fees for year 1:

Early Bird: £2,300 – end Friday 3 December 2019

Original price: £2,500 including CPCAB registration fee

Dates and times:

 11/12 Jan (days 1-2)

01/02 Feb (days 3-4)

22/23 Feb (days 5-6)

14/15 March (days 7-8)

18/19 Apr (days 9-10)

9/10 May (days 11-12)

13/14 June (days 13-14)

18/19 July (days 15-16)

22/23 August (days 17-18)

19/20 September (days 19-20)

3/4 October (days 21-22)

24/25 October (days 23-24)

14/15 November (days 25-26)

12/13 December (days 27-28)

Entry Requirements

You must have a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies or equivalent. This should have been gained in the last three years.

This can be a personally demanding qualification, and applicants should ensure that they are not experiencing mental health difficulties when they apply. This does not preclude people with previous mental health difficulties from undertaking the course (in fact, people with past experience of mental health difficulties often make very good counsellors), but you should ensure that you are mentally well when you apply. External candidates are required to present their portfolio at the interview along with their certificate. You will need a reference from your previous college/course provider along with your attendance record.

You must be able to work with a diverse body of people.

You must possess personal qualities of imagination, intuition, openness and an ability to benefit from self-development.

You must be able to form a therapeutic relationship.

You must be self-aware, insightful, honest and able to make links.

You must have emotional stability and the absence of personality disturbance.

You must have the ability to challenge and be challenged.

You must have the ability to respond sensitively and empathetically to others.

You must be capable of working with clients in an agency setting.

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