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Certificate in Counselling

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Course Length:

20 weeks (2 x 10 weeks) Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020 UK fee: TBC

Typical entry requirements:

Open entry for student by application and reference. 


Student view

Katharine Masters
Certificate in Counselling Skills
I did the Certificate in Counselling Skills course to further my skills in my role as a community midwife, and also with a view to a career change to counselling in the future. The skills that I have learnt on the course are beneficial both in my professional and personal life. It has been an amazing learning curve in self development.

Course content

Counselling is rapidly growing as a profession and is increasingly valued in education, medicine, the caring field and most workplaces. Our part-time courses in Counselling provide high quality humanistic training in counselling skills and professional counselling through a variety of graduated programmes.

The Certificate in Counselling Skills is a free-standing course which has two modules, Phase 1 and Phase 2. Each module is worth 15 credits. Both phases combine humanistic theory, values and ethical practice in relation to counselling skills used in one-to-one, face-to-face situations and in wider social contexts at work and in the community.

Two entry points for Phase 1 (September and January) and Phase 2 (January and April) enabling credits to go forward to a Professional Counselling Course for qualification, if desired.

Download our application form and reference form

Our facilities

At Chichester, we teach in small groups and pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we have created for our students.

The Counselling course is delivered on our Bishop Otter Campus where the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is the hub of your learning environment.

It has two upper floors of library resources with dedicated areas for silent work or group study, while on the ground floor you will find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. 

There are over 130 open access PC workstations, 45 Apple IMacs and ample printing and media facilities.

A state-of-the-art wireless network offers fast internet as well as access to all our online resources.

You will also have a dedicated subject librarian who will be available to help you access all the library resources on the shelves and online. 

Where this can take you

There’s an opportunity, if desired, to apply for progression onto the BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling on completion of the Certificate.

Students with additional qualifications/credit can progress from Certificate level to degree level in five years. The BA (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling is also an excellent development for students already holding a Diploma in Counselling.

As a student in the Department there are a variety of opportunities which may be available to you.  These include:

  • Study Abroad
  • Erasmus
  • Internships
  • Placements
  • Voluntary Research Assistant

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Indicative modules

Indicative Course Content Phase 1:

  • Philosophy of Humanistic Practice
  • Carl Rogers Core Conditions
  • Acceptance
  • Empathy
  • Genuineness
  • Presence
  • Effective Listening
  • Non-verbal and Para-verbal Communication
  • Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
  • Introduction to Transactional Analysis
  • Introduction to Transference
  • Loss and Change
  • Perceptions and Attitudes towards Diverse Cultural Forms

Indicative Course Content Phase 2:

  • Exercises to Continue Self Awareness
  • Resistance and Reluctance
  • Immediacy
  • Defences
  • Challenges (Self and Others)
  • Johari Window
  • Appreciation of Difference
  • Hierarchy of Human Need
  • Group Process and Dynamics
  • Practice in Small Groups
  • Peer Assessment of Taped Interaction
  • Core Conditions of Humanistic Practice Accentuated
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Transference
  • Feedback


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