Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory

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Are you:

  • interested in a career in counselling and psychotherapy?
  • wanting to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your personal relationships and how you interact with others?
  • in a profession or helping role where listening and communication skills are important and you want to enhance these?
  • in a management role and wish to develop your professional potential through the use of counselling skills in the workplace?
  • hoping to gain a greater understanding of group dynamics and your own position within a group?
  • interested in exploring counselling skills from the perspective of people’s life experiences and how it has impacted them?

Whichever it may be, BCS’s Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory will facilitate you in achieving your personal and professional goals.

A Certificate in Counselling Skills is also a prerequisite for those wishing to pursue further counselling training. It is a mandatory step on a progressive training journey offered by Basingstoke Counselling Service which leads to status as a qualified counsellor.


Entry Criteria
The selection process is by means of application form and interview. No formal qualifications are required and the selection of candidates will be based upon an individual’s personal attributes and their intellectual and emotional capacity to work with the content of the course.

Completion of an Introduction to Counselling course prior to applying for the Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory is recommended but not essential. Please click here for more information.


Key Course Objectives

  • To provide a basic training in counselling skills and theory
  • To develop understanding of counselling and the counselling situation
  • To develop understanding of the psyche
  • To develop awareness and understanding of self in relation to others
  • To develop study skills 


Course Structure
The course takes place over one year. There are thirty once-weekly sessions which take place on a weekday evening and two Saturday workshops spread over three ten-week terms, each with a half-term break in line with Hampshire school holidays.

The sessions take place between 6.15 and 9.30pm. Each evening is split into two halves; the first of these is a seminar, whilst the second part of the evening comprises of the experiential group.

There will be one Saturday workshop in the autumn term and one in the summer term; dates will be provided at the start of the academic year. The workshops run from 10am to 4pm.

To gain a more in depth understanding of what the course involves please click here.


Seminar Leaders and Teaching Methods
All seminar leaders are experienced counsellors and psychotherapists and skilled trainers. They all adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions or an equivalent ethical body. Teaching is through seminar leader presentation, experiential exercises, role-play, and small and large group discussion.


The Experiential Group
This part of the training offers an opportunity in which to explore feelings and relationships within the group. The content of the course can be emotionally challenging and this group enables participants to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the individual and group dynamics involved. Many people find this a rich and personally rewarding experience. The group is facilitated by a skilled group psychotherapist.


Reading and Written Work
Students are expected to engage in reading relevant to the course and will need to either purchase the core course books or borrow them from a library. Further reading suggestions will be provided at the beginning of the course and copies of papers for discussion are also distributed throughout the course where appropriate.

There is one written assignment of 1500 words which is completed in the final term. Students are also asked to keep a record of their personal learning journey throughout the course. An 800 word summary of their learning is submitted at the end of the academic year.

Students will be supported throughout their learning by a personal tutor and will have a formal tutorial at the end of each term.


In addition to the above academic requirements, assessment of a student’s personal development is continuous throughout the course and consists of self, peer and staff evaluation.


Counselling and Therapy Requirements
Students are not required to be in their own counselling or therapy at this stage of their learning.


Award of Certificate
Students must demonstrate to a satisfactory degree an ability to use counselling skills and an understanding of self and the counselling process. They must also attend and participate in seminars, workshops, groups and tutorials. All written work must be completed to a satisfactory standard. This course does not give qualified status as a counsellor.

Application Process
The application process for the Certificate course is currently closed.  Our next Certificate course will commence in September 2020, applications for the course will open in Spring 2020.  If you would like to be put on our mailing list in order to receive information regarding our training programme please contact us on info@basingstokecounselling.org.uk or 01256 843125.