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St Giles Street
Northampton NN1 1JW

01604 622 666

The Manna House is a Christian mission in Northampton, England which operates both a Christian gift and bookshop and a professional Christian counselling service.

Level 4 Advanced Course in Christian Counselling

Level 4 Diploma in Christian Counselling

Level 4 Diploma in Christian Counselling – 420 Guided Learning Hours 

Who is this course for?           

This course is for students who have completed an ACC recognised Level 3 course  and want to develop their knowledge and skills. Additionally, students with practical experience of counselling are also choosing this course in order to gain the qualifications generally required by employers and accrediting bodies in this field. 

When does the course run?            

The course is run over 2 years, a Tuesday evening (6.15pm – 10.15pm) and a number of Saturdays (9 am – 5 pm with a 1 hour lunch break). The total cost is £2500 (420 guided learning hours) for the 2 year course (this can be paid in stages if needed). This price also includes all notes, Student Membership of the ACC for the duration of the course, and OCN registration fee - so there are no hidden extras. For further details, please see "Scheduled Courses". 

What does the course cover?           

The course covers an Integrated approach to counselling. This fits in well with The 5 Circle model (the Christian counselling model used at MHCS) which is itself an integrated model. Therefore, pre-knowledge of the 5 Circle model is an advantage, but not an essential requirement to start on this course.              

The course covers the following elements: 

  • Comparison of the philosophies of Non directive and Directive exemplified by Person Centred Counselling andCognitive Counselling and comparison with Biblical norms.

  • Exploring the meaning of eclecticism and integration; the advantages and disadvantages of integration; the methods of integration; an exploration of some integrated models – in particular the 5 Circle Model; the integration of secular tools into a Christian model and a practical project on integrating a skill/tool from another model into the 5 Circle Model.

  • An in-depth study of codes of practice and ethics as they apply to counselling. A comparison of the codes of practice and ethics of 3 Professional Bodies including the Association of Christian Counsellors and how these compare to Biblical values.

  • An exploration of Brief Therapies including a comparison of Action Centred and Solution Focused Brief Therapies.

  • Understanding the responsibilities of a counsellor in respect of supervision and how to get maximum benefit from one’s own supervision.

  • To consider how counsellors can maintain quality of service and monitor outcomes of their counselling.

  • An in-depth look at some of the issues that clients present in counselling including: depression; abuse (including spiritual abuse); obsessive compulsive disorder; eating disorders; substance abuse; relationship counselling; sexual identity confusion etc.

Undelying these topics will be issues of personal awareness and developmentand research into current growth areas in counselling. These will run concurrently with the other topics. For the research topic, each student will be required to present a minimum of 2 short presentations to the rest of the group over the duration of the course. 

Counselling Placement

As well as the academic requirement of the course, each student must complete 100 hours of supervised counselling. If a student cannot organise/find their own placement, then they may apply to the Manna House (only in exceptional circumstances would a student be refused). On completing the placement, should a student wish to continue working as a volunteer counsellor for the Manna House they will need to reapply and undergo a formal interview. 

What qualifications does the course give me?           

The course is recognised by the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) and therefore can count towards training hours when a student eventually applies for accreditation with the ACC. It is also validated by the Open College Network (OCN), which is one of the largest adult education awarding bodies in the UK and is recognised by the government This means that any employer must accept its awards as valid qualifications. It can provide an entry into studying counselling at degree level for those interested. 

What does the course involve?.

The student must attend a minimum of 85% of the teaching part of the course.This means only being able to miss 63 hours of the course. 

The ACC requires every person on their courses to be a student member of the ACC. If you are not already a member then you will need to have enrolled by the start date or a.s.a p. 

Students must also provide evidence of having achieved all the Course Learning Criteria. This is achieved by completing a portfolio of evidence. Unlike our Level 2 Introduction and Level 3 Advanced Certificate courses there will be very little ‘set’ homework. It will be the responsibility of each student to write up their evidence for Learning Criteria as topics are covered.  

Students have 6 weeks after the end of the course to complete all Learning Criteria and longer to complete their 100 hours counselling placement if needed.  

If you would like to register your interest, please contact Jayne Bassett (Training Administrator) and leave your details, either by email to or telephone 01604 633304.