Certificate in Counselling Skills

Certificate in Counselling Teaching

In this uncertain time, we are closely monitoring the situation and are continuing to take enquiries and bookings for an Autumn start. Please get in touch with us via: [email protected]

Next FREE On-Line Event for
Certificate in Counselling Skills (CCS) Course on July 18th

Use this time during lock-down to further your training and development. Register for our FREE CCS Event by Zoom on July 18th 10.30 am – 11.30 am if you are interested in joining the Certificate in Counselling Skills Course this September.

A chance to find out more about the course and meet others on-line as well as to ask any questions you may have about the training.   Register for a place by contacting: [email protected]

Why study this course?

The Certificate in Counselling Skills (CCS) provides valuable core training in counselling and listening skills. It is a highly experiential programme designed to enhance these skills, develop ways of understanding patterns of human growth and behaviour and increase your self-awareness. It provides a solid foundation and is a requirement (or other equivalent training completed) for progression on to the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling training course.

To apply for this course please fill in the application form below and for any questions please contact: [email protected] 

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you:

  • You are interested in pursuing a professional counselling qualification.
  • You have a counselling function in your work including health workers, teachers & teaching assistants, providers of social services & care, managers & supervisors in a team leading role and those working / volunteering in charitable and 3rd sector organisations.
  • You are interested in personal development.

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Overview of the course?

Given that a strong, trusting relationship is the foundation of all counselling, whichever approach is followed, this course is centred on how to create and use a relationship to best support another. This includes:

  • Learning about the importance of the working alliance and boundary-setting within counselling and other helping activities.
  • Learning basic counselling techniques and the skills of active listening in order to facilitate the client’s own problem solving and development. Offering opportunities for the development of self-awareness, empathy and other qualities that will facilitate your growth as active listeners and counsellors.
  • Providing basic theory to provide a framework for your practice and to learn elements of basic developmental theory informed by psychodynamic ideas.

How is it delivered?

The CCS course is a highly experiential 1 year (30 weeks) programme delivered by qualified and experienced counsellors and group facilitators, it includes:

  • A weekly one and a half hour seminar which focuses on skills & understanding. It uses role-play and small group exercises to help you understand and apply the fundamental skills of listening and to create a sound working alliance.
  • A one and a half hour self-awareness group (sometimes called an ‘experiential’ group) which supports the development of your own self-awareness, awareness of others and your experience in recognising and articulating your feelings.
  • A termly Saturday workshop which focus on skills development and practise through role-play.

This training places a great emphasis on reflection, the giving and receiving of feedback and challenges as well as open and constructive dialogue.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However many participants find that completing the Introduction to Counselling and Listening Skills course prior to studying on the Certificate course provides them with a solid foundation and introduction to the counselling process.

Where & when is the course delivered?

Daytime Course:
GCS, Stroud: September 2019 9.30am to 1.00pm – Wednesdays – 25th September – 4th December with half term break on 30th October,
15th January – 25th March with half term break on 19th February, 22nd April – 1st July with half term break 27th May

Evening Courses:
The Isbourne Centre, Cheltenham: September 2019 – 6pm to 9.30pm – Tuesdays – 24th September – 3rd December with half term break on 29th October,
14th January – 24th March with half term break on 18th February, 21st April – 30th June with half term break 26th May

GCS, Stroud: September 2019 – 6pm to 9.30pm – Wednesdays – 25th September – 4th December with half term break on 30th October,
15th January – 25th March with half term break on 19th February, 22nd April – 1st July with half term break 27th May

What next?

The Certificate is an essential entry requirement to the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (refer to the Diploma information for full admission requirements) and is also recognised as the basic entry qualification to Diploma training at other training providers throughout the UK.

To apply for this course please complete the following application form:



Course Fee: £1549. A non-refundable deposit of £200 will be required.

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