Carlisle Counselling CourseFoundation Skills in Counselling - An intensive 12 session accredited course

April - July 2020 held in North Carlisle, CumbriaOpen College Network


Who is offering this course?

Hope Psychological Services CIC is a community interest company (social enterprise) established in 2013. We are an organisational member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere strictly to their ethical framework.We strive for excellence in all we do.

Who should attend?

If you find yourself being approached by people for help; you enjoy listening to others and you would like to learn more about yourself, then this course could be ideal for you. It will enable you to begin to apply a range of counselling skills to your own work setting, and provide you with a firm foundation should you wish to progress onto further study and to develop a career in counselling.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, learners should be able to:

•    understand the difference between counselling and counselling skills
•    be able to distinguish between clients who are suitable for help and those who require specialist support
•    understand the personal qualities essential to effective counselling and the significance of core conditions within the counselling process
•    understand the effect of values and culture on counselling practice
•    know how to apply ethics in relation to counselling skills
•    understand underpinning theories in counselling including Egan's 3 stage model and the skills associated with each stage
•    through skills practice and personal reflection activities, be able to apply a range of counselling skills to own practice
•    know how to provide evidence of self awareness, personal development and understand personal value systems

Course Format

Taught sessions, large and small group work, skills practice and learning journal. In addition, those wanting to have an accedited certificate (see below) there will be a requirement for 4 marked assignments and portfolio development. Assistance is given to those who feel they may struggle with written assignments or who have been out of education for a number of years.


This 12 session course is accredited by open college network west midlands (a national awarding organisation) and students will be rewarded with either a Level 2 or Level 3 certificate on successful completion of the course (80% attendance is required). This certificate demonstrates academic credit, which proves the student has gone through a rigorous quality assurance learning programme which has been externally verified.

Progression and Career Development

Many of those who have undertaken this course have progressed on to our level 4 certificate (a nationally recognised qualification) which runs for a full academic year. This gives students a broader experience in counselling skills and is preparation for undertaking either our Diploma Course (2 years) or a foundation degree.

When and where is the course running?

This year we are offering two versions of the course. Option 1 is our normal way of running the course with 6 Tuesday evenings (6.30pm - 9.30pm) and 3 Saturdays 9:30 - 4:30pm at a venue in north Carlisle (tbc.) Option 2 is a distance learning version, where students will have access to 6 online lessons (posted weekly) which they can learn at home as well as attendance required at 3 Weekends (Friday evening and Saturday) to cover the practical aspects of the course at a venue in north Carlisle (tbc.)


The course will run over 6 Tuesday evenings (6.30pm - 9.30pm) and 3 Saturdays 9:30 - 4:30pm at a venue in north Carlisle (tbc.)


DATES 2020


Session 1 & 2
Saturday 25th April
9:00am - 4.30pm
Session 3
Tuesday 28th April
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Session 4
Tuesday 5th May
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Session 5 & 6 Saturday 16th May
9:00am - 4.30pm
Session 7
Tuesday 19th May 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Session 8
Tuesday 2nd June
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Session 9
Tuesday 9th June
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Session 10
Tuesday 16th June
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Session 11 & 12 Saturday 4th July
9:00am - 4.30pm


The course will run over 3 weekends (mandatory attendance) and 6 online distance learning sessions.


DATES 2020


Online sesion 1
available Monday 27th May
Online sesion 2 available Monday 4th May  
Online sesion 3 available Monday 18th May
Online sesion 4 available Monday 1st June  
Online sesion 5 available Monday 8th June
Online sesion 6 available Monday 15th June
  3 Weekend Attendance (Mandatory)  
Weekend 1
Friday 24th April
6.30pm - 9.30pm
  Saturday 25th April 9:00am - 4.30pm
 Weekend 2 Friday 15th May 6.30pm - 9.30pm 
  Saturday 16th May 9:00am - 4.30pm 
 Weekend 3 Friday 3rd July 6.30pm - 9.30pm  
  Saturday 4th July 9:00am - 4.30pm 

The course costs £365 (two instalments of £182.50 is available) including tuition and accreditation fees with Open College Network West Midlands. It is the same costs for both course options as both versions have the same number of guided learning hours.

TO BOOK - Please download the booking form (click here) complete and return to Nathan Laxton either by email below or post to: Counselling Administration, Hope Psychological Services, Harker Grange, Harker, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 4HY. Online payment can be made by clicking here.

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