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

June - July 2020 - 6 Thursday evenings & 3 Saturdays Open College Network


Online workingWho 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. This updated presentation of the course now includes help to support remote listening (online and telephone) for isolated people.

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
•    effectively support remote/isolated individuals through effective listening and remote working techniques

Course Format

Taught sessions, large and small group work, skills practice and learning journal. In addition 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. All sessions, inluding skills practice and small group work will be undertaken online using Zoom video conferencing. Help and support is offered to assist people to set this up and ensure it is working correctly before the course commences.


This 12 session course is accredited by open college network west midlands (a national awarding organisation regulated by OfQual) 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 is the course running?

We are running the course online with 6 Thursday evenings (6.30pm - 9.30pm) and 3 Saturdays 9:00 - 4:30pm. The sessions including a number of break times to help with concentration for online working:


The course will run over 6 Thursday evenings (6.30pm - 9.30pm) and 3 Saturdays 9:00 - 4:30pm:


DATES 2020


Session 1 & 2
Saturday 20th June 9:00am - 4.30pm
Session 3
Thursday 25th June 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Session 4
Thursday 2nd July
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Session 5
Thursday 9th July
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Session 6
Thursday 16th July
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Session 7 & 8
Saturday 18 July 9:00am - 4.30pm
Session 9
Thursday 23 July
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Session 10
Thursday 30 July 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Session 11 & 12 Saturday 1 August
9:00am - 4.30pm

The course costs £320 (a £50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place by 12 June 2020). The course fees can be paid in full or deposit and 2 instalments of £135 (interest free). Fees include tuition and accreditation with Open College Network.

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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Previous successful students:


 “I couldn't recommend the Hope CIC Level 3 course in Counselling skills more highly.  The rich theoretical content, combined with lots of practical application, makes the course an ideal entry point for someone new to counselling, which is enhanced by the convenience of the online format” – Glen, Birmingham

“Having wanted to start my counselling journey for a long time, I’m so glad I made the choice to do this one. Using the online system zoom was daunting at first, however we very quickly learned how easy and successful it was. I have learnt so many new skills and everyone on the course are great. The tutors are really knowledgeable, and we have learnt so much already. Very much looking forward to starting the next course after level 3. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to start their journey within counselling” Jeannie Fletcher, Cumbria