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


Counselling for Depression Training (CfD)

Fact file

Qualification: Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression (PCE-CfD)
  • 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
Campus: Jubilee Campus


Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression (PCE-CfD) was formerly called Counselling for Depression (CfD). The name change has been made to ensure there is clarity and consistency. PCE-CfD is clearly identifiable amongst other psychological therapies offered within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.

Course description

The University of Nottingham is a BACP approved provider.

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. 

Course dates

PCE-CfD training programme

All courses are delivered at the University of Nottingham and accommodation is provided. Details of the next scheduled courses can be found below. 

Upcoming dates
Course dates Application deadline 
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 Midlands and East of England
Location: School of Education, University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham

PCE-CfD training pack and application form 

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

Please take note of our cancellation policy

PCE-CfD supervision course

PCE-CfD supervision is an essential way to support the presence of PCE-CfD counselling in services. We are inviting applications from people who have qualified in PCE-CfD and who have either 60 hours' experience of offering supervision or who hold a supervision qualification.

The two-day course enables you to address how PCE-CfD supervision supports the practice of the approach through experiential learning video and discussion. Ask your service manager for information about funding.

Upcoming dates
Course dates Application deadline 
Next dates to be confirmed  

Download the PCE-CfD supervision pack and apply (Word)

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

Please take note of our cancellation policy

All courses are fully catered by the in-house catering team with a variety of options and all dietary needs are catered for.

Course details


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 and residential  accommodation is provided

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.

Application packs

Download training pack (Word) Download supervision pack (Word)


Please email us if you have any questions

Meet the tutors

Your tutors are: 




PCE-CfD refresher day

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.

Student profiles

Kate Hayes talks to Laura Arnold about her experience of the course, working as a counsellor in the NHS and her progression to becoming a PCE-CfD supervisor.

I have found this CfD course inspirational and affirming.

Deborah Callgahan

Very well presented. It enabled me to encounter and learn from both course tutor, peers and myself. I would have loved it to have been longer.

Ann McGuiness

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.

David McGeachen


Kate Hayes writes about the person-centred approach in her blog Being Human Being.

Degree courses

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Useful information


Message for those currently engaged with the PCE-CfD courses

We are all facing unprecedented circumstances with the pandemic, resulting in working and home life becoming very different and demanding huge changes for most of us. It is changing the nature of all our lives for the foreseeable future. For those engaging with gaining the PCE-CfD certificate or supervision qualification we hope the following is of some use. 

The person-centred experiential approach is relational and so is engaged and involved with all things related to human ways of being. It is person-centred, it’s an attitude with an ontological and philosophical stance, it is applicable in many ways including the virtual world.

It is suitable to offer sessions to clients via secure internet platforms or telephone. There are numerous online and telephone training courses, however most qualified and experienced practitioners should not find shifting to online or telephone difficult. However, clients may not be able to have a private space for dialogue and so this would need to be confirmed before offering an online relationship.

Please note the following in relation to course activities:

  • All submission deadlines are suspended for the time being
  • We cannot accept any submissions by post
  • PCE-CfD feedback will be delayed and we appreciate your patience at this time
  • Please regularly check your University email, or if you do not have one, check this website for any updates

We are planning an online networking meeting in the next few months. We wish you and your loved ones very well.

Best wishes

Kate Hayes and Emma Tickle 

Guidance for service managers

Things to take into consideration during the pandemic for any online or telephone working include the following points (BACP guidance):

  • All practitioners should be sufficiently competent in the use of technology in their work to be able to provide reliable and adequate services to clients and colleagues.
  • Basic competence includes having alternative ways of providing services for communicating with clients promptly if the primary method of communication fails, having access to technological support that respects the confidentiality of the work being undertaken and keeping up to date concerning new developments in the technology being used in order to provide the safest and most reliable service to clients.
  • Competence in providing services that use unfamiliar technology are best supported by formal training from specialists or working in consultation with more experienced practitioners.
  • It is considered good practice to receive at least some supervision online through similar technology to that used for working with clients
  • When working with clients who are likely to be vulnerable because of their psychological state or social isolation, it is good practice to provide an assessment of their suitability for the services being provided that includes their suitability for working online.


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