August 2019 Courses will be announced soon!
The COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills has been upgraded to SCQF Level 8!
What are counselling skills?
Counselling skills are advanced interpersonal and communication skills. You will learn to listen and communicate effectively with verbal and non-verbal skills such as summarising, asking questions in a helpful way, and attending and responding to the speaker.
As you learn you will also go on a journey of personal insight and self-discovery.
Who is the course for?
The Certificate in Counselling Skills is for anybody who wants to improve their understanding of other people as well as themselves. By developing more effective communication and better understanding, counselling skills can enhance the quality of your personal relationships and improve your workplace performance.
This course is useful and practical, whether you are a professional or volunteer, a carer or helper, a sales person, a parent or a manager or someone wishing to pursue career development.
What is involved?
You will learn to:
- Support others by developing practical listening skills.
- Study the use of body language, and speak effectively while others listen.
- Increase your self-awareness.
- Build relationships with others.
- Understand the concepts of counselling and counselling skills.
- Find out more about ethics and how to listen to and support others.
How will I be assessed?
Trainees will need to demonstrate competence in the learning outcomes of each module before proceeding to the next. Assessment includes submission of a written assignment and observation by the trainer while working with other course members.
What kind of qualification will I get?…..
FDAMH is COSCA validated and you will receive the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills if you successfully complete all four modules.
…..And what can I do with it?
The Certificate has helped many people to improve their work performance, professional or personal relationships. For those wishing to train as a professional counsellor, the Certificate is recommended as a platform for further study e.g. a Diploma in Counselling.
The Certificate in Counselling Skills can be useful when applying for further courses and for jobs that demand that applicants have met certain educational standards. COSCA’s Certificate in Counselling Skills has been awarded 40 SCQF credits at SCQF level 8. See www.scqf.org.uk for information.
How much time will it take?
The course consists of four modules, each comprising 30 hours of formal instruction and a further 12 hours of private study. Instruction takes place at evenings, daytime and/or weekends. In our one-year course modules work out at one evening per week plus occasional weekends and for our 6-month course modules require 2 evenings per week plus occasional weekends.
How much will it cost?
The overall course fee is £1250. A deposit of £250 is required upon acceptance of the course within 48 hours. The remainder of the balance payable in advance of the course starting. PLEASE NOTE: Payment plans are available on request.
Need to know more?
Our Course Details page provides further detail on the courses, including timetables.
For an informal discussion, please contact Lisa Alexander or Nicola Lockwood, at FDAMH on 01324 671600. You will also find further details on COSCA’s website – see link on this page.
How do I apply?
Please visit our Course Details page where you can download an application form.
Testimonials from Participants
“I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the COSCA Skills course to those considering it. It can be hard work learning about yourself, in fact it can be downright tiring some weeks, but the self-awareness and understanding gained is well worth it. It was also surprisingly fun, with unexpected friends made within the whole group. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and each week I was able to apply the learning to my own life, and to practice these new skills at work and in every day interactions with people.
After completing the course I certainly feel I have new skills and understanding, which has improved my practice at work, but a fantastic tutor coupled with the laughs and personal insight gained along the way make it something a bit more special than your average course.”
“I initially set out to complete the COSCA Counselling Skills course in order to develop my communication skills and gain a better understanding of how to effectively listen and respond to those who want someone to talk to.
The course has overall surpassed my expectations, there is an effective balance of skills practice, knowledge and theory and also exploration of your own self-awareness and ethics. Participating in the course allows you to develop these skills in a safe and encouraging environment, supported by a tutor and a group of people that you quickly bond with.
I feel that my knowledge has increased substantially over the last year, particularly in terms of being more aware of the different counselling approaches, the ethics and code of conduct that should be integrated in to counselling practice and some of the life issues which may be why someone seeks counselling. I have found that I now feel comfortable to actively listen and respond when in a situation that may require the use of counselling skills. In terms of self-awareness, I feel that there has been a significant change in my confidence and belief in myself which has encouraged me to make a few positive changes in my life.
I would recommend the course for anyone wanting to know more about how to effectively communicate and listen to others, whether it is for a career change or just to learn more about yourself and be able to offer support to someone who would benefit from having someone truly listen to them.”
“I was delighted to start the COSCA course in FDAMH last year. It was on my doorstep, so it made it a lot easier for me to commit to the course and fit it around my work and family. I would not have had the time to travel to Glasgow or Edinburgh, and I knew that I was ready to study, so this was the best and perfect option for me. My main reason for taking the course was to improve on my skills and to increase my confidence with clients, who I work with every day as a support worker. I think I wanted to reassure myself that I was offering them the best possible support/service.
The course has definitely ticked all the boxes and more. Yes, we learned counselling skills and practice, as it is a process. And we gained confidence through practice. Many other unexpected things have come from this, we have a tight knit group. There is a lot of trust and respect within the group. We have discovered a lot about ourselves, and have felt safe enough to share these insights with each other. The facilitator is highly skilled, she guides us through all the different topics with great skill and gives us regular support and feedback on our progression.”