Wealden College of Counselling & Psychotherapy

Certificate in Counselling – NOW ENROLLING FOR 2022!

The Certificate in Counselling course is a 60 hour introductory course designed to equip people with basic skills and an understanding of some of the theories underlying counselling.

COVID 19 – The course will be held either online or in person, according to assessment of risk at the time.

Our Certificate course is a “first step” for people who might be interested in progressing to a Diploma level training in Counselling.  Please note that not all training venues will accept this course as the pre-requisite, so a good tip is to check this out first.

The course is particularly suitable for:

  • people who wish to enhance their people skills in their current work,
  • people who wish to develop their understanding of counselling processes and what they may offer for their personal or professional growth
  • people who are thinking of going into professional training in counselling and psychotherapy.

The course is planned to run in spring and again in summer of 2022. Dates as follows (each training day is from 09.30 to 16.30 with a lunch hour):

  • 10 consecutive Mondays from 7 February to 11 April 2022 – online
  • 10 consecutive Mondays from 18 July to 10 September – online

Cost: £649 including VAT for the course

The course content includes:

  1. An overview of major theories of counselling and psychotherapy.
  2. Boundaries and ethics.
  3. Basic skills of attending, listening and questioning.
  4. Human development over time.
  5. Maintaining and developing helping relationships.
  6. Managing successful endings.

The course is a combination of teaching exercises and practicing and observing skills with each other.

To gain the Certificate, students must actively participate on the course and complete a learning journal, reporting what has been taught and their personal response to the experience. Feedback will be given on the best ways to fulfil this requirement and additional advice and support given for those students who have limited experience in completing written work. In the event that students cannot attend any specific module, tutors may require that the student reads a particular passage or complete a task that relates to the content of the module.

If attendance is below 90% a Certificate will not be awarded.

Please note students wishing to go on to train as professional counsellors or psychotherapists will be given tutors’ opinion as to their suitability for further training. Certificate students will be interviewed for those courses by other tutors but completing the Certificate course is not a guarantee of acceptance on other courses.

More Information

+44 (0) 1892 655195

Key Information



John Baxendale, MSc, PTSTA, CTA, Licence ès lettres, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, BACP Accredited Counsellor, Adv.Dip.FCP

Joanna Beazley Richards MSC, TSTA, Clinical Psychologist, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Assistant Tutor

Amy Brown, BSc, Dip Couns.

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