Fulfillment of the seminar and supervision requirements of the In-Depth Professional Training Course entitles the trainee to a Certificate of Completion. Upon acceptance of the Reading In Paper, the student is entitled to the Centre’s Diploma inPsychological Astrology, with permission to use the letters, Dip.Psych.Astrol. The director reserves the right to refuse permission for a student she deems unsuitable to go forward for the Reading In Paper, and if the paper itself is not up to standard, the exercise may have to be repeated. The successful graduate will be able to apply the principles and techniques learned during the course to his or her professional activities, either as a consultant astrologer or as a useful adjunct to other forms of psychological counseling.
Career prospects are good, as there is an ever-increasing demand for the services of capable psychologically orientated astrologers. The CPA offers a one-year Beginners Introduction to Psychological Astrology Course, which takes place on weekday evenings.
The CPA Diploma does not constitute a formal counselling or psycho-therapeutic training, therefore students who wish to undertake work as ongoing counsellors or therapists are encouraged to complete a further training course focussing on these skills. There are many excellent courses and schools of various persuasions available in the U.K. and abroad. CPA students who have successfully completed the Diploma Course and have qualified with a recognised psychotherapy or counselling training group can, if they wish, be placed on our referral list of counselling astrologers.
The following guidelines for admission to the In-Depth Professional Training Programme are applied:
a) A sound basic knowledge of the meaning of the signs, planets, houses, aspects, transits and progressions, equal to Certificate Level of the Faculty of Astrology Studies course. The Centre itself offers an introductory course in its public programme, takes the student to the required level of knowledge.
b) Being able and willing to work on one’s own individual development, as reflected by the requirement of individual therapy during the programme.
c) Adequate educational background and communication ability will be looked for in applicants, as well as a degree of empathy, integrity and sense of responsibility.
In order to complete the In-Depth Professional Training, the Centre asks that all students, for a minimum of one year of study, be involved in a recognised form of depth psychotherapy with a therapist, analyst or counsellor of his or her choice. The fee for the Centre’s training does not include the cost of this therapy, which must be borne by the student himself/herself.
The rationale behind this requirement is that we believe no responsible counsellor of any persuasion can hope to deal sensitively and wisely with another person’s psyche without some experience of his or her own. Although it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this therapy, the Centre can refer students to various psychotherapeutic organisations, if desired.