Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills

The full Foundation in Counselling Skills programme is beneficial to people working in a wide range of professions particularly those whose role involves building and sustaining relationships with people; health and social care, education, HR.   The course is designed to enhance participant’s intrapersonal and interpersonal understanding of the nature and dynamics of relationships and communication.  The course is delivered over four modules and designed to suit people who have week day commitments.

Each module consists of five Thursday evenings from 6.00pm – 9.00pm plus one Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm. The programme uses a range of learning activities to support different learning styles; tutor presentations, workshops, group discussions, skills practice and small group discussions.

The programme is designed around four key themes: understanding counselling theory, developing counselling skills, developing self-awareness and developing ethical awareness.  Each module will integrate these themes by focusing on a particular aspect of the Helping Relationship.

The full certificate programme is designed as a foundation course for entry onto the

Persona Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited, academically validated by the University of Aberdeen)

The course will be delivered from The TCS Centre, 169 Bank Street, Coatbridge, ML5 1ET

Course Dates

Module           Theme

Module 1        Establishing a helping relationship: The Gentle Art of Listening – January 9th – February 13th 2020

Module 2        Building trust and engagement: Transition and Change – February 27th – April 2nd 2020

Module 3        Deepening exploration: Empowerment – April 16th – May 21st 2020

Module 4        Integration: The Reflective Practitioner – May 28th – June 25th 2020

The programme uses a range of learning activities to support different learning styles; tutor presentations, workshops, group discussions, skills practice in dyads, triads and small groups.

During the programme you will also be expected to complete a small amount of reading, record a session with one of your peers accompanied by a transcript and also maintain a reflective journal of your experience during the course.

Course Costs

The overall cost of the programme is £880.  Following receipt of your application and offer of place, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £80 before December 16th 2019.  After the initial deposit the remaining course fees should be paid in the following manner:


Payment by 16th December 2019                               £  80.00

MODULE 1                 

Payment by 6th January 2020                                     £ 200.00


Payment by 13th February 2019                                  £ 200.00


Payment by 2nd April 2019                                          £ 200.00


Payment by 28th May 2019                                         £ 200.00

TOTAL                                                                               £ 880.00


To apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skill please complete the application form.

Please note there will be a minimum number of students required for the programme to commence.

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Further Information

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