Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills
Are you interested in starting a career as a therapist? Do you want to learn more about therapy and how it works? Do you want to develop your listening and responding skills? Do you want to learn more about yourself and others? Do you want to understand more about relationships? Are you ready to take that first step into a new and exciting world of relationships and relating? This course is for people who are interested in training in counselling and psychotherapy, those who already use counselling skills in their work, either paid or voluntary, or those who wish to acquire these skills to develop their work potential. The learning gained will enable people to use counselling skills in a variety of settings.
Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills
This course is for you if you are interested in training in counselling and psychodynamic psychotherapy, if you already use counselling skills in your work, either paid or voluntary, or if you wish to acquire these skills to develop your potential.
This foundation level course provides students with an opportunity to learn about counselling and psychotherapy whilst developing their counselling skills. Students will learn skills which can be used to go on to counselling or psychotherapy training or can be used in their existing workplace. In addition to learning counselling skills, students participate in a personal development group which allows them to expand their self-awareness and interpersonal skills. This course is ideal for anyone who would like to learn new skills, discover more about themselves, or find out whether a career as a counsellor or psychotherapist is for them. Counselling skills training is a prerequisite for many other counselling and psychotherapy training courses.
The course has four different intakes, allowing individuals to choose which best suits them.
October Start – Mode 1 requires once weekly attendance (30 sessions) over an academic year of three 10 week terms. Each term includes a mid-term reading week. Individuals have a choice of morning or evening sessions. Morning sessions take place on Wednesdays (9.30am – 12.45pm), whilst evening sessions take place on Wednesday evenings (6.30pm – 9.30pm).
The next October intake will be in 2020. However, we accept applications throughout the year.
October 2019 Term Dates
Term One Wednesday 2nd October – Wednesday 11th December 2019
Reading week Monday 04 November – Friday 08 November
Term Two Wednesday 8th January – Wednesday 18th March 2020
Reading week Monday 17 February – Friday 21 February
Term Three Wednesday 22nd April – Wednesday 1st July 2020
Reading week Monday 25 May – Friday 29 May
August 2020 Start – Mode 2 is a more condensed version of the course and will begin in August 2020 and finish in April 2021. Two weeks full-time attendance (Monday–Friday), followed by three weekend modules.
Week One: Monday 3rd August to Friday 7th August 2020
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am – 3.00pm
Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 5.15pm
Week Two: Monday 12th April to Friday 16th April 2021
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.15pm
Three weekend modules (Saturday 9am to 4.30pm and Sunday 10.00am to 4.15pm)
Module 1: Saturday 17th October & Sunday 18th October 2020
Module 2: Saturday 16th January & Sunday 17th January 2021
Module 3: Saturday 6th March & Sunday 7th March 2021
Please note that the fee for the August 2020 start course is £2,317.
January 2020 Start – Mode 3 starts in January and requires weekly attendance from January to July. This route begins on either Tuesday 14th January 2020 or Friday 17th January 2020 dependent on the day you choose to undertake the course. Evening sessions take place on Tuesdays (6.30pm – 9.30pm) and morning sessions take place on Fridays (9.30am – 12.45pm). This route also includes four Saturday modules (10.00am to 4.00pm).
There are 22 sessions between January and July divided into two terms. There are additionally 4 Saturday modules. Please note there is a mid-term reading week in Term 2 when there will be no session.
Term dates for Tuesday evening sessions
Term 1: Tuesday 14th January – Tuesday 24th March 2020
Term 2: Tuesday 21st April – Tuesday 7th July 2020
Reading week: Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May 2020
Term dates for Friday morning sessions
Term 1: Friday 17th January – Friday 27th March 2020
Term 2: Friday 24th April – Friday 10th July 2020
Reading week: Monday 4th May – Friday 8th May
Please note the difference in Reading Weeks for each intake, this is due to the change in Bank Holiday.
Saturday module dates for both days
Saturday 8th February 2020
Saturday 21st March 2020
Saturday 2nd May 2020
Saturday 4th July 2020
April Start – Mode 4 requires weekly attendance from April 2020 to March 2021. This route takes place on Monday evenings, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, consists of 30 sessions and begins on Monday 20th April 2020
Term 1: Monday 20th April 2020– Monday 29th June 2020
Reading week: Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May
Term 2: Monday 7th September 2020 – 30th November 2020
Reading week: Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October
Term 3: Monday 11th January 2021 – Monday 1st March 2021
What former students say
“By the end of the course I had real clarity about what further training to become a psychodynamic counsellor involves both personally and professionally. This course is an excellent step to further training: it offered me a balance of personal challenge, adult learning and reflection with a stimulating introduction to psychodynamic theory”.
“I have a sense of enormous change in myself during this year in every way and being on this course contributed to this. I would not have missed this experience for the world. Thank you”.
“Thought provoking, interactive course. Be prepared to embark on a journey of discovery about yourself and others”.More information
Diploma in counselling skills (Access course)
Have you made that first step into the world of therapy and training but want to know more? Do you want to develop your counselling skills so that you can work more effectively with others? Are you interested in exploring the psychodynamic approach? Do you think that you want to train as a psychodynamic psychotherapist but need a bit more time before making the commitment? Do you need to spend more time preparing and developing your existing skills before embarking on a qualifying course? This unique course will enable you to develop your use of counselling skills and your knowledge and understanding of psychodynamic theory in a safe, supportive environment. It can be a stepping stone to a qualifying training or can be taken as a stand alone course.
Comments from previous participants
“Whether or not people want to actually become counsellors or therapists, or work with people, this course will help people to have better relationships, understand themselves and others, and ultimately be happier.”
“The ideal course for those unsure if they want to go on to further training. I wish more institutions would offer something like it.”
Diploma in counselling skills (Access course)
This part-time course is for those who have completed a counselling skills course or the equivalent in experience and are interested in training to become a psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist. It is designed to be a transitional course before embarking on a full training. It may also be that you need to spend more time preparing and developing your existing skills before embarking on a qualifying course. This challenging, intensive course will enable to develop your use of counselling skills and your knowledge and understanding of psychodynamic theory.
The course consists of theoretical seminars, skills practice seminars and experiential groups. Each session consists of two seminars and one experiential group. The first seminar of the day is theoretical and relevant academic papers are discussed.
In the second seminar students practice counselling skills using role-plays, experiential exercises and video work in relation to the following themes:
- Working ethically and with setting appropriate boundaries
- How past experiences affect present behaviour
- Introduction to Freud, Klein and Object Relations
- Understanding unconscious and conscious processes
- Exploring the client’s inner world within their wider social, cultural, racial and familial contexts
- Attachment Theory
In group sessions, students will be able to explore feelings and relationships and learn about individual and group dynamics and process. The group provides an opportunity to learn about ourselves and our impact on others. They are conducted by an experienced group analytic psychotherapist.
In addition students are asked to attend a Group Theory Seminar. These are offered on a variety of different dates and times. The seminar provides an overview of group theory and an introduction to group psychotherapy as a model.
This part-time intensive course runs for seven months, starting in January each year. It comprises once-weekly sessions across two terms. and four Saturday modules. The weekly sessions take place on Thursday mornings, 9.30am – 2.00pm.
Term 1: Thursday 16th January 2020 – Thursday 2nd April 2020
Reading Week: Thursday 20th February 2020
Term 2: Thursday 23rd April 2020 – Thursday 16th July 2020
Reading Week: Thursday 28th May 2020
Four Saturday Modules
- Saturday 15th February 2020 10am-4pm
- Saturday 14th March 2020 10am-4pm
- Saturday 30th May 2020 10am-4pm
- Saturday 11th July 2020 10am-4pm