School of Education

Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression Training (PCE-CfD)

PCE-CfD is an innovative development in counselling and psychotherapy. The qualification is recognised by the NHS and enhances career prospects for qualified therapists.

PCE-CfD training enables therapists to understand the requirements of working within an NHS environment. It deepens understanding of the connection between research, theory and practice.

Research into person-centred practice that engages with emotional processing has shown to be effective with clients who are depressed. At Nottingham we are creating a community network of PCE-CfD therapists.

We host a range of free refresher days for delegates as well as support for PCE-CfD supervisors.

PCE-CfD supervision course



The University of Nottingham is a BACP approved provider.

Your tutors are:

Please email us if you have any questions.


PCE-CfD training course details


  • 30 hours taught (including pre reading)
  • Between 3-12 months post-course practice
  • Qualification period is one year in total from date of the training attended

Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • have a qualification in person-centred counselling
  • have two years' post-qualification experience
  • have evidence of working with mental health
  • be working towards accreditation


Most people who complete the training are funded by their employer, however we are open to self-funded applicants. Please enquire if you are self-funded.

  • The fee for training in CfD is £3,300
  • The fee for training to become a CfD supervisor is £2,400
  • All courses are located at the University of Nottingham. Courses are currently being delivered online, due to the Covid-19 situation

All funding must be secured before applying. We require confirmation from the funder that the fee payment will be made if the application is successful. 

Pre-reading material

Pre-course reading material covers:

  • working with the requirements of IAPT (forms/risk/assessment/competence framework)
  • orientation to the PCE-CfD competence framework
  • the person-centred experiential psychotherapy scale (PCEPS)

We encourage you to ensure you have studied this material before attending.


Course structure

All delegates are registered with an internet account and are able to access the University e-library and online learning platform - Moodle - where papers and learning materials can be accessed.

The course involves: 

  • extensive experiential skills work
  • a critical engagement with the medical model of depression
  • suicide and risk assessment
  • theoretical principles and values of person-centred therapy
  • working with emotional processes and the PCE conceptualisation of depression 
  • personal values and practice 
  • supervision and clinical practice

We encourage a peer supportive environment and offer a person-centred training environment.


Therapists are formatively assessed by submitting a 20-minute video that is filmed on the final day. This is not passed or failed, but is used for feedback. Those who complete the 30-hour training will be placed with a PCE-CfD Supervisor.

The full qualification is achieved by submitting a further four recordings of client work and completing 80 hours of supervised PCE-CfD practice. Six submissions are allowed in total.

The supervision costs and assessments are included in the course fee. We expect therapists to become fully qualified within a year of starting the training.

Extensions and interruption of study can be applied for and are detailed in the course handbook which you will receive when you join the course.

Useful information


Course dates 

Upcoming dates
Course datesApplication deadline
15, 22, 29 September and 6, 13 October 2021  9 August 2021
17, 24 November and 1, 8, 15 December 2021 18 October 2021
2, 9, 16, 23 February and 2 March 2022 13 December 2021
16, 23, 30 March and 6, 13 April 2022 31 January 2021

Midlands and East of England
Location: School of Education, University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham

Training application pack (Word)

Please state which course date your application is for and send the completed form by email

All applications will be assessed to ensure participants have met all of the entry criteria and places will only be confirmed after applications have been assessed. Once your place is confirmed you will receive further information on your course. 

Please take note of our cancellation policy

We also offer a PCE-CfD supervision course.

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PCE-CfD refresher days

Refresher days are for those who have already completed the five-day taught element of PCE-CfD training with the University of Nottingham. The event is free to attend.

Next event to be confirmed.

I thoroughly found the course experiential. I found the pace and content enjoyable. It felt safe to make errors. I enjoyed the democratic approach of the tutor. Very refreshing and real.


School of Education

University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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