The National Counselling Society (NCS) is one of the governing bodies at the forefront of the counselling and psychotherapy fraternity in the UK.  The Society was one of the first organisations to gain Accredited Register status with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) Accredited Register programme.  To find out more about the Professional Standards Accredited Register, click here.



Later this year the Society is changing its name to the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS), to better reflect their membership and the diversity of their mission.  NCS has been pivotal in the dialogue around the new regulatory framework that is currently being discussed by all the main counselling and psychotherapy bodies, offering its expertise and unique approach to the field.



We at Reach are delighted that our postgraduate psychotherapy course has been awarded Advanced Specialist Training recognition by NCS, having passed their rigorous evaluation of the course content, materials and resources, and having assessed the quality of the tutors.



So that there is no ambiguity for those who achieve this award, NCS has offered this summary:

“The Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Holistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (HIP) has been given Advanced Specialist training recognition by the National Counselling Society (NCS). This level of training recognition is only applicable to graduates who are already qualified as counsellors and/or psychotherapists and who are on, or eligible to apply to be on, a relevant Accredited Register – such as NCS, BACP, UKCP, ACC etc . This course alone is not in and of itself a route to the Society’s Accredited Register nor does it guarantee a change in registrant grade for registrant members, nor does it guarantee a higher entry level of registrant grade on application to the Society”.



In other words, those who successfully graduate from our course and wish to seek membership/accreditation with NCS, still need to make an individual application, highlighting their relevant experience and all the training they’ve undertaken in addition to the Advanced Specialist Training.



We have simultaneously achieved Quality Checked Training recognition for our postgraduate certificate in coaching (Coaching Plus), which also went through NCS’s stringent evaluation process.  This course is for those who do not have the necessary counselling/psychotherapy qualification (at least level 4) to apply for our postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Holistic and Integrative Psychotherapy.



For those who are unfamiliar with the NCS, here’s a brief history of the organisation.



This is the award featured on the certificates for the Advanced Specialist Training:


This is the award featured on the certificates for Coaching Plus: