Counselling & Listening Skills

In this uncertain time of the Corona Virus pandemic, we are monitoring the situation. We have now adapted our ITC courses to run effectively on-line, if lock-down prevents face-to-face training.
We also offer flexible bookings – for example, if the course you book converts to an on-line event and you want to defer until you can join a face-to-face course, this can be arranged.
Please see below for the courses currently on offer.

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Introduction to Counselling & Listening Skills

Why study this course?

The GCS Introduction to Counselling & Listening Skills course (ITC) has been running for many years and receives consistently excellent feedback. The course provides an overview of the counselling process as well as training in core listening and counselling skills.
Listening is a key life-skill that everyone engages in, whether consciously or not and it is a skill that everyone can develop and master at a deeper level. Participants regularly report that this course has enabled them to have more meaningful conversations, enhanced their relationships – both at home and work and it has opened up a deeper self-awareness.
This course offers an enjoyable and enriching personal development activity and it can also be a first step to further training, potentially marking the beginning of your journey to becoming a trained, professional counsellor. Delivered by qualified and experienced counsellors, the ITC provides participants with a professional and rich learning experience.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if:

  • You have a counselling function in your work, this includes 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 finding out more about counselling as a career – it provides a ‘low risk’ way to explore the world of counselling.
  • You are interested in personal development, and want to develop core communications skills to use at home and at work.

Overview of the course?

The course provides an introduction to experiential learning in a supportive environment, it aims to:

  • Introduce you to the counselling process.
  • Give you an insight into personal growth work, allowing you to understand its place in counselling training.
  • Develop your awareness of what counselling is and what is not, where it is appropriate to use and the basic ethics and responsibilities involved.

 

A range of topics are covered over the 10 weeks including:

  • An introduction to basic counselling theories.
  • Introducing and practising basic counselling skills.
  • Exploring attitudes, values and beliefs about human nature.
  • Exploring and acquiring ways of responding through sharing ideas and feedback.

How is it delivered?

We offer the course in a number of formats:

  • Intensive weekend courses suitable for anyone short on time, who cannot commit to a regular weekly session or who want an intensive training experience with a small group.
  • A one week summer course, running 10am – 3pm over 5 days.
  • Typically run in the Autumn, a 10 week, part-time (2 hours per week) course. We offer day-time as well as evening courses.

 

The course uses experiential learning methods (drawing on your own experiences) which involve:

  • Thinking about what you would like to get out of the training.
  • Examining and reflecting on attitudes and beliefs.
  • Developing self-awareness through sharing experiences with others.
  • Practising new ways of relating to other group members and receiving feedback.

 

See below for up-coming course dates.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

What next?

A natural next step following this course is The Certificate in Counselling Skills course, which provides a more in-depth skills training for anyone considering a career in counselling or to enhance their skills in a community role or in the workplace. Other training routes, including more specialised Child & Family courses may also be appropriate for you, contact us to discuss your training and career options: [email protected] Call: 01453 766 310

Fees

Course Fee: £245

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ITC Intensive Weekend Course: Cheltenham

Who is the Weekend Intensive course for?

The Cheltenham Intensive Weekend Course is designed for those who want to venture into the world of counselling, working intensively in small, focused training sessions.  If you are seeking a training experience that will be time-efficient this course is for you.  The weekend course offers a chance to explore and develop how you relate, boosting your ability to truly listen to others.
The training will be invaluable for anyone with a listening or counselling function in their work and also for anyone interested in finding out more about counselling generally or as a career.  You will develop basic yet practical communication and counselling skills to enhance your personal and professional life.

Course dates & location

Saturday June 27th & Sunday June 28th at The Isbourne Centre, Wolseley Terrace, Cheltenham GL50 1TH 10 am – 4 pm (both days).
Please note that this course will convert to an on-line Zoom Training event if lock-down is still in place. If this training does run on-line, you do also have the option of deferring your place to a course later in the year if you prefer to attend a face-to-face training after lock-down is lifted.

Fees

Course Fee: £245


ITC Summer School 2020

Who is the ITC Summer School for?

Take the opportunity over the summer break to venture into the world of counselling; this is a chance to explore and develop how you relate, enhancing your ability to truly listen to others.  This week-long course will be helpful to anyone with a listening or counselling function in their work and also for anyone interested in finding out more about counselling.  You will develop basic yet invaluable communication and counselling skills to use both in your personal and professional life.

Course dates & times

The Stroud ITC Summer School  is run at GCS in Stroud Monday 3rd – Friday 7th August at Alma House, 52/53 The High Street, Stroud, GL5 1AP 10 am – 3 pm daily
Please note that this course will convert to an on-line Zoom Training event if lock-down is still in place. If this training does run on-line, you do also have the option of deferring your place to a course later in the year if you prefer to attend a face-to-face training after lock-down is lifted.

 


ITC Intensive Weekend Course: Stroud

Who is the Weekend Intensive course for?

The Stroud Intensive Weekend Course is designed for those who want to venture into the world of counselling, working intensively in small, focused training sessions.  If you are seeking a training experience that will be time-efficient this course is for you.  The weekend course offers a chance to explore and develop how you relate, boosting your ability to truly listen to others.
The training will be invaluable for anyone with a listening or counselling function in their work and also for anyone interested in finding out more about counselling generally or as a career.  You will develop basic yet practical communication and counselling skills to enhance your personal and professional life.

Course date

Running October 17th – 18th at GCS, Alma House, 52/53 The High Street, Stroud, GL5 1AP 10 am – 4 pm (both days)

Fees

Course Fee: £245


ITC Ten Week Evening Course: Stroud

Who is the Ten Week ITC course for?

The Stroud Ten Week Course is designed for those who want to venture into the world of counselling, working at a slower pace over a longer period of time.  If you would benefit from shorter training sessions that gives you plenty of space and time to process your learning, this is the course for you.  The ten-week course offers a chance to explore and develop how you relate, boosting your ability to truly listen to others.
The training, like all our ITC courses will be invaluable for anyone with a listening or counselling function in their work and also for anyone interested in finding out more about counselling generally or as a career.  You will develop basic yet practical communication and counselling skills to enhance your personal and professional life.

Course date

Running October 1st – Dec 3rd at GCS, Alma House, 52/53 The High Street, Stroud, GL5 1AP 6 pm – 8 pm

Fees

Course Fee: £245