Professional and short courses
Counselling Skills Certificate
Develop your knowledge and skills working with individuals in a variety of contexts and helping roles.
The Counselling Skills Certificate is for those who want to learn counselling skills for use in professional and helping roles, those who want to improve their professional and personal relationships as part of personal development, and those wanting to progress with training as a professional counsellor. A Certificate is a pre-requisite for entry onto our Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Counselling.
- Course leader – Lynne Lacock, Dr Trish Hobman
- Duration – 24 weeks
Dates and times
4 October 2023 to 13 December 2023
17 January 2024 to 13 March 2024
10 April 2024 to 15 May 2024
£800 per person
What will I learn?
On this course you will develop your interpersonal and communication skills to work with individuals in a variety of support and helping roles. You will be introduced to humanistic theory and a range of professional counselling skills. These include:
- Active listening
- Attending to both verbal and non-verbal communication
The workshops will contain the following elements:
- Understanding theories of counselling and mental health
- Working in triads to develop your counselling and helping skills
- Activities to develop your self awareness
- Introduction to the ethics underpinning any helping relationship
How will I learn?
This short course will be delivered over 24 weeks. Sessions will run from 3.30pm to 8.00pm on Wednesdays.
Course leader biographies
Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead, Postgraduate courses in Counselling
Lynne has worked at York St John University since 2003 and is currently the programme lead for postgraduate courses in counselling. She trained as a counsellor following a move to York after a career in NHS management, working in a variety of strategic and operational posts in organisations in London, mostly within General Practice and Primary Care. She has worked as a counsellor in the NHS and in a number of voluntary organisations in York. Since 2012 she has been jointly involved in developing Person-Centred Experiential Counselling (formerly CfD) training for experienced counsellors. She is on the BACP voluntary register and is a qualified counselling supervisor.
Dr Trish Hobman
Associate Head: Children, Young People, Education and Counselling
Trish has worked for York St John University since 2003 and is currently one of the Subject Directors for Counselling. She is a course lead for the PG diploma in Counselling, which is a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited training course. Since 2012 she has been jointly involved in developing Person-Centred Experiential (formerly CfD) training for experienced counsellors. She is on the BACP voluntary register and also an accredited counsellor, and a qualified supervisor.
Both Lynne and Trish have been running CfD courses for the last 4 years, and are experienced counselling trainers. They have also been involved with the PRaCTICED trial in Sheffield.
How to apply
To apply for this course you must fill in the application form below.
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