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Certificate in Counselling Skills

September 2024 to July 2025

This training aims to provide students with the core skills to understand and apply the basic concepts of counselling together with the skills and knowledge required to develop a relationship using role play. The course is open to individuals wishing to:

  • Gain knowledge of theory based on psychodynamic principles and practice and explore broader concepts of human development.
  • Begin to develop counselling skills.
  • Acquire a basic understanding of human development.
  • Develop greater sensitivity to human relationships.
  • Improve their communication skills.
  • Become more self-aware.

This is a part-time course running from September 2024 until July 2025 and comprises three terms each of ten weeks in duration. The course is held on Wednesday evenings. Mandatory Saturday workshops are also scheduled as part of the course. The timetable is run in conjunction with the local authority school term and holiday dates. Teaching is by seminars which include practical work and group experiences.

Trainees successfully completing this course may wish to further their studies with us by progressing to the Diploma in Counselling Skills. It is important to stress that completion of this Certificate level course is not a licence to practise as a counsellor and that progression is not automatic but dependent on our assessment process. Please ensure that you have read all of the information provided on all levels of our training before making the decision to train with us.

We emphasise that we provide a training in counselling, not a course of instruction.  This means that our Assessment Committee must be satisfied that the trainee has reached a required standard, which is not just a matter of completing hours and assignments, before awarding a qualification.  Please note that progression each year is not automatic but dependent upon our assessment process.

Former clients of CCF wishing to train as counsellors cannot do so here until at least five years after their last counselling session with us.

Ideally, applicants should be aged 21 years and over.

To apply please download

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Applications can be sent by email to kelliew@chelmsfordcounselling.org.uk or by post to Kellie Willis, Training Co-ordinator, Chelmsford Counselling Foundation, 42 Cedar Avenue, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 2QH