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)

Train as a Relationship Counsellor

Please note we are still recruiting for this role at this time and will be conducting interviews via webcam.

Are you a qualified counsellor with a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling (or equivalent)? Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to extend and develop your counselling skills into the field of relationship counselling and to help couples in distress? Enjoy further training on our Diploma in Relationship Counselling (formally known as the CRC), a 70 hour placement, as well as CPD, supervision, and the benefits of volunteering for a national charity and being part of a friendly local centre team.

The Diploma course is planned to run over four weekends starting September 2020. Recruitment for the role currently involves a webcam interview with your local Marriage Care centre and an online selection interview.

We provide an exceptionally high standard of training and our course weekends are residential with accommodation and meals provided and travel expenses are covered. We provide supervision and insurance as well as a 70 hour placement as part of the course- all for a very competitive price of £1800.  Counsellors who continue with Marriage Care after the training will receive ongoing CPD, Supervision, local /regional support, travel expenses and insurance for a minimal commitment of just two counselling sessions per week.

For more information please read through our Marriage Care Information PackHow to become a relationship counsellor, and the role description in the ”Available Downloads” below. If you would like to apply please fill in the application form including equal opportunities form and return to  rebecca@marriagecare.org.uk along with scans/photos of your counselling diploma certificate(s). Please do not hesitate to email us if you have any queries at all.

If you are already qualified in relationship counselling please click here to find out more about joining us as a Qualified Relationship Counsellor!

The training weekends for the Diploma in Relationship Counselling are:

1st Weekend: Friday 11th September – Sunday 13th September 2020
2nd Weekend: Friday 16th October – Sunday 18th October 2020
3rd Weekend: Friday 13th November – Sunday 15th November 2020
4th Weekend: Friday 16th April – Sunday 18th April 2021

Please note each weekend runs from approximately Friday 5.00pm – Sunday 2.00pm, except for the 3rd weekend which will run from 10.30am Friday morning to Sunday 2.00pm.


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


Available downloads