Counselling Courses

Swarthmore offers a range of counselling courses which are awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). This is the only awarding body to specialise in the field of counselling. Swarthmore is also an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and works to their Ethical Framework as a training organisation. Swarthmore’s counselling courses allow students to follow a potential progression route beginning with the Introduction to Counselling Skills and progressing to Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3 (CST-L3).
For further information visit CPCAB’s website: www.cpcab.co.uk).

Below is information on each counselling course. Some courses require previous experience, so please pay special attention to the level at which each course is aimed. The application process is outlined for each course.

Introduction To Counselling Skills (ICSK – L2)

For those who want to learn initial counselling skills to help others – either in a voluntary or an employed capacity. The skills taught and practiced may also be useful in personal relationships. The practical nature of the course helps develop students’ self-awareness. There is an emphasis on group work in which skills, ideas and personal reflections are discussed. It will help those wishing to find out more about the field of counselling. This course is assessed through evidencing of learning criteria within a student portfolio. Students can enrol directly onto the introductory courses at Reception (no application form is needed). Download more information in our Introduction to Counselling Skills Leaflet 2015

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Certificate In Counselling Skills – Level 2 (CSK–L2)

This qualification is for candidates who want to learn counselling skills to help and support others, either in a voluntary or employed capacity. The course is appropriate for the following:

  • Healthcare professionals, including nurses, doctors, occupational/speech therapists and physiotherapists.
  • Individuals working in social, community, prison, education or the ‘frontline’ services.
  • Individuals with an interest in developing counselling skills, and possibly developing a career in the field.

No previous training or experience is required; however we do recommend that applicants have completed an Introduction to Counselling Skills. This course is assessed through the evidencing of learning criteria within a student portfolio, and an external examination.

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Fees £783 includes Swarthmore membership and CPCAB registration costs.
For further information, please contact the course tutor:
Lynne Dowson (lynne.dowson@swarthmore.org.uk)

Certificate In Counselling Studies – Level 3 (CST–L3)

This course is intended for candidates who want to take the next step in training towards becoming a qualified Counsellor. In addition it is suitable for those wishing to learn more about counselling theory and its application. The main model used is the Person-Centred Approach. There is a focus on the legal, ethical and procedural frameworks in which counselling agencies operate. This course is assessed through the evidencing of learning criteria within a student portfolio, and an external examination. Applicants for this course must have undertaken a counselling skills course at Certificate level – e.g. CPCAB’s Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK L2). Applicants may also apply with an equivalent course of at least 75 learning hours. Applicants should be at least 19 years of age.

…or  For further information , please contact : lynne.dowson@swarthmore.org.uk

Tel: 0113 243 7987 (counselling courses office).

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Fees £995 including Swarthmore membership and CPCAB registration costs.