Become a relationship counsellor

Please note our recruitment for the CRC 2017 training has closed and we have not as yet confirmed  whether the CRC 2018 training course will be running.

We’re looking for professionally qualifi­ed counsellors to train in relationship counselling and provide support to couples in the local area. Enjoy further training, CPD, supervision and the benefi­ts of working for a national charity as part of a friendly local centre team.

It is a great privilege, and requires specialist skill, to support people in relationship difficulties and gently but steadily enable them to find their own route to a positive outcome.

We are seeking applications from qualified counsellors (Level 4 Diploma in counselling or above) who have completed at least 100 supervised counselling hours and would like to extend their skills and provide professional relationship counselling to those in need. We offer a ‘fast-track’ programme leading to our Certificate in Relationship Counselling (CRC).

In return, we ask that you commit to delivering 84 hours of counselling a year, for a minimum of three years, after you have completed your couples counselling training with Marriage Care. That’s just two hours of your time per week – two hours that could make a tremendous difference to the lives of couples and individuals in your community.

The course costs us in the region of £4,000 per person but because you are going to be long-term volunteers with us we only ask for a fee of £800 towards the cost of your training, this is payable in full before the course commences. Marriage Care will reimburse your reasonable course travelling expenses.

Please note If you are already qualified in relationship counselling with a recognised couple-counselling agency or course and have 150 hours or more of supervised relationship counselling experience you can apply for our ‘Qualified Relationship Counsellor’ role. Please click here to visit our webpage for more information.


Placements at Marriage Care

Unfortunately, due to a lack of resources, Marriage Care is unable to offer counselling placements to students on external courses. The BACP has a placement data base (for BACP student members only) which might be helpful.

However we would most warmly welcome an application from you when you have completed your studies and delivered at least 100 hours supervised counselling.

For further information and to apply

If you are interested in becoming a relationship counsellor with Marriage Care, please download the documents on this page for more information and check the ‘List of centres recruiting’ to see if your local Marriage Care centre is recruiting counsellors. Alternatively you can email: letting us know where you are based. Once you are happy to apply please fill in the form and send your completed application form to along with scans/photos of your counselling diploma certificate(s) as soon as possible. The initial recruitment phase can take a long time and therefore early submission will give our centre volunteers ample time to process your application and conduct initial interviews.

All suitable applications will be sent on to the local centre team who will conduct interviews. If successful at centre-interview and upon receipt of suitable references you will be recommended for national selection and will be invited to a selection day. If successful at national selection you will be enrolled on the CRC training course. Upon successful completion of the CRC course you will be awarded a certificate in relationship counselling.

Click here to return to the list of roles for volunteers.

I was delighted to be selected for training, though a little worried about whether I would be OK. Six years on, I am now thinking of training as a supervisor. I have found the work tough at times, but thoroughly rewarding, seeing couples and individuals in deep distress or fear gradually coming through this. It has been an education for me, and a privilege. (Susan)”


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