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Gloucestershire Counselling Service

Professional Training In Counselling and Listening

Current Courses



GCS is a unique and special place to train. We are a BACP accredited counselling service with more than 30 years experience of providing training in counselling and listening. If you work in any role where people come to you for support, we have the right training for you and many people find the courses helpful in their personal lives and for self-development.

We offer a wide variety of training courses that will help you develop the qualities of good listening. Our courses are staffed by experienced and accredited practitioners who have expertise in counselling, supervision and teaching and the training we offer in counselling and listening is based on experience and our knowledge of what really works.


Wednesday July 12th 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Alma House, 52/53 High St, Stroud

Are you interested in:

  • Developing your own or your staff's listening & communication skills
  • Getting FREE counselling training & careers advice
  • Finding out about counselling careers opportunities
  • Continuous Professional Development for your self or your staff?

Our Summer Open Evening is for anyone interested in finding out how GCS can help you develop personally and professionally. You may want to enhance your ability to listen and communicate - at work or in your life generally - or you may be considering a career in counselling and need some advice in choosing the right path for you.

Come along for an informal, enjoyable evening where you can meet GCS tutors, ask questions and see our Stroud training rooms. To book, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Training in Working with Children, Families and Young People

GCS in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Families and Beyond: An Introduction to Systemic Thinking presented by Gwyn Daniel

In collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, GCS is delighted to offer this four day short course on systemic thinking and its application within therapeutic work. Through a combination of seminars and work discussion groups, you will learn new ways of thinking about and negotiating personal and work relationships as well as many other applications of systemic ideas.

The course is open to all those who work with people whether in a counselling/therapeutic capacity or other contexts. It is for carers, managers, teachers, health and social care professionals and all those who would like to find out more about systemic thinking and practice; whether for career purposes or out of general interest.

Fridays 21st April, 5th May, 29th May and 2nd June 9.30am - 4.30pm

Fees: £370 Trainees, Qualified Therapists £420, Group rate £380 for groups of 3 or more

Postgraduate Certificate in Child, adolescent and family mental well-being: Multidisciplinary practice (PTPCGL001)

This award-winning and innovative one-year course will run at GCS in Stroud from September 2017, weekly on Thursday afternoons and monthly on Fridays. It is one of the most popular courses within the Tavistock and Portman training portfolio, whose innovative quality has been recognised internally and externally through winning the Heath Education and North and Central East London (HENCEL) award of "Inter-professional Education and Training programme” and "Trainer of the Year award" 2014". The course is now delivered within a number of regional centres across the UK, such as GCS in Stroud.

Developed by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the course was validated by the University of East London in 2010 and 2014 and is now validated by the University of Essex. It interweaves developmental, psychodynamic and systemic theoretical ideas, into a therapeutic practice orientated course.

We welcome all those who work in the field of child, adolescent or family mental health who wish to improve their knowledge and capabilities. You may be in one of the following roles:

  • Counsellor/psychotherapist who wishes to gain more experience in their field

  • Social Worker

  • Health Visitor

  • Nurse / School Nurse

  • Education Professional

  • Child and adolescent primary mental healthcare worker

  • Child and adolescent mental health services (CYPS) practitioners

  • Working with children in the voluntary or statutory sector

  • Or working, or wanting to work with children and families

Course outline

  • Theoretical seminars and lectures

  • Infant observation and/or family observation seminars

  • Work practice discussions

  • Experiential groups

  • Personal tutorials

For more information and details of how to apply please go to: https://tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/training/courses/child-adolescent-and-family-mental-well-being-multidisciplinary-practice-stroud/

It is intended that practitioner-level training will be provided at GCS from September 2018. The course will take place at Alma House, Stroud or suitable alternative facilities.



Training in Counselling and Listening Skills

Introduction To Counselling

This course will give you an insight into the world of counselling and listening. You'll work with a tutor and other members of the group to get practice in listening skills, and you'll find out just what is involved in helping another person. It's a great taster course and a good way to find out whether we are the right people to train with. The course content includes:

  • Introducing basic theories
  • Practicing counselling skills
  • Exploring attitudes, values and beliefs about human nature
  • Examining intentions and motivations, both conscious and unconscious

Duration: 20 hours of seminars and skills practice.

Entry requirements: none

Course Fee: £195

Apply Online


7th August 2017 - 11th Aug 2017 Summer week - Mon-Fri: 10am to 3pm in Stroud

12th and 13th August 2017 - Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 4pm in Gloucester

More Information?

For further information please contact us via our Contact page, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01453 766310. Alternatively
you can apply online or download our information leaflet below.


Certificate in Counselling Skills

The Certificate in Counselling Skills course provides a valuable training in counselling skills and gives an introduction to the nature of counselling work. It provides the basic skills for those who use counselling skills in their work or wish to work in the field of counselling; it is also designed for those who wish to develop their listening and communication skills.
This course aims to enhance skills, develop ways of understanding patterns of human growth and behaviour and increase self-awareness. The content includes experiential seminar work on counselling skills and attitudes and a self-awareness group.
This course also forms the entry requirements to a part-time professional counsellor training leading to the award of Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.

Please note we run up to 3 courses each year, daytime and evening, commencing end of September; these courses are one year part-time.


Daytime Courses:

Wednesday 27th September 2017 Wednesday: 9.30am to 1.00pm in Stroud

Evening Courses:

Tuesday 26th September 2017 Tuesday: 6.00pm to 9.30pm in Cheltenham

Wednesday 27th September 2017 Wednesday: 6.00pm to 9.30pm in Stroud


45 hours of seminars / skills development and practice
45 hours of self-awareness group work
15 hours skills workshops (one Saturday each term)

Entry requirements:

No formal academic requirements. Selection is by application form and consultation.

Course Fee: £1399 which includes a non-refundable deposit of £200 (fee may be subject to change for each academic year)

To apply, please complete our application form using the link below.

Apply Online

More Information?

For further information, please contact us via our Contact page, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01453 766310.

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

This is a well established work-based clinical training which we have provided for over 25 years. The course leads to a professional qualification and provides the clinical and theoretical elements of the training as a psychodynamic counsellor. The course includes theoretical and ontological seminars, tutorial sessions, self-awareness groups, supervision and workshops.

This 3-year training combines theoretical understanding and clinical practice. All trainees on this programme are provided with a clinical placement within GCS's Clinical Service and clinical supervision of this work is an integral part of the course and is provided on site. The Diploma is accredited by BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council).

The course commences end of September each year.

The training programme:

- Includes a clinical placement within our counselling service (avoids the difficulty of trainees finding their
own suitable placement.
- Includes regular supervision of the clinical work.
- Leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a psychodynamic counsellor.

Duration - Three years (part-time) involving:

405 contact hours

189 hours of supervision
45 hours workshops
200 hours supervised client work


All years of the course are held in Stroud

Core Course Times:

Year 1: Tuesday 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Year 2: Tuesday 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Year 3: Monday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

It will be necessary to attend occasional Saturday Workshops. Dates of these workshops are given at the beginning of each year.

Entry requirements:

Applications are open to anyone holding a Certificate in Counselling Skills award or an equivalent course at Level 3 by the start of the Diploma in September. Selection is through application and interviews of suitably qualified candidates.

Year 1 start date is Tuesday 19th September 2017 The course fee is £2199 for each year of the course. This includes a non-refundable deposit of £250.

More Information?

For further information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01453 766310. To apply, please download our information leaflet and application guidance below.

Associate Counsellor Programme

The Associate Counsellor Programme is a unique programme for qualified counsellors who work in the psychodynamic or psychoanalytic traditions, designed to further develop a range of skills and capacities that are important in moving towards independent practice or working in an organisation. Applicants should have achieved a Diploma-level qualification with significant clinical experience.

The programme runs for 12 months beginning in September 2017. Successful applicants will become GCS Associate Counsellors and gain invaluable experience working within a well-established counselling service.

Associate Counsellors will have the opportunity to work with a range of clients and presenting problems. Weekly (42 weeks per year) clinical supervision is provided as part of the programme. Associate Counsellors will also attend a seminar programme that is designed to develop skills and capabilities and increase awareness of what it means to be a professional counsellor.

GCS has extensive experience in working with and supporting counsellors as they work towards professional accreditation. The supervised clinical placement offered in the programme provides an opportunity for Diploma-qualified counsellors to achieve the post-qualification client hours required for individual accreditation by BACP. GCS has been accredited by BPC as a ‘gate-keeper’ of professional standards and is responsible for proposing graduates to BPC for membership. On satisfactory completion of this course associate counsellors will be proposed by GCS to BPC as registrants.

For further information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01453 766310. You can download further information below.

Accessibility - Unfortunately there are a number of stairs at our Stroud venue so therefore it is not accessible to everyone. Training materials can be made available in Large print if requested.

Booking and Cancellation Policy:

All bookings are provisional on receipt of a booking form/application. A deposit is payable to secure your place. This deposit is non refundable, unless the course is cancelled by GCS. Any balance owing is payable no later than 14 days prior to the training.

We do not store credit card details nor do we share financial details with 3rd parties. Full Payment Terms and Conditions can be requested by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it





Gloucestershire Counselling Service

Professional Training in Counselling and Listening

2015 Courses

British Psychoanalytic Council

GCS specialises in providing counselling and training of counsellors to professional standards. GCS was established in 1980 and has over 60 counsellors offering high quality affordable, counselling to the community of Gloucestershire in venues across the county including Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. All our counsellors are supervised and managed within GCS and work within the BACP ethical framework. Some of our counsellors are counsellors in training; they work to the same standards as our qualified counsellors.

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