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Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Skills and Studies

Certificate in Therapeutic Skills and Studies

This course is delivered online.


The Certificate in Therapeutic Skills and Studies will introduce you to counselling theory and support you in developing foundational counselling skills that are required prior to commencing further therapeutic training.  The certificate is a stand-alone basic skills award issued by Metanoia Institute.

Although completion of the Certificate in Therapeutic Skills and Studies does not guarantee acceptance on a professional training programme, an introductory skills therapeutic skills course is a pre-requisite for starting professional study.  You will either need to successfully complete the Certificate in Therapeutic Skills and Studies course, or you must have undertaken an equivalent training elsewhere.

You may apply for a place on a training programme prior to taking the Certificate in Therapeutic Skills and Studies. 

Taught hours: 60 hours
Breakdown: 50% theory and 50% practical skills practice

The Certificate aims to:

  • Provide students with an introduction to Humanistic Counselling theory and practice which incorporates skills and knowledge from three modalities: Person-Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis.
  • Enable students to start to practice counselling skills
  • Create a willingness to have an understanding of difference – for example race, age, sexuality and gender
  • Gain an understanding of standards of ethical and professional practice.
  • Gain an understanding of reflective thinking and practice
  • Prepare students to progress to professional training programmes to qualify as counsellors or psychotherapists in a range of health, social care and private settings.

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for those who are considering pursuing a career in counselling and are at the beginning of their explorations. It will also be relevant and of benefit to anyone wishing to enhance their interpersonal skills in their work, for example, nursing, social work, youth work and teaching. For further details about the course and how to apply click on the course leaflet below.

How much does it cost?

The Certificate in Therapeutic Skills and Studies costs £690.00.

What is the content of the course?

During the course participants will be introduced to the history and roots of counselling, its value base and core concepts. We will draw, in particular, on basic ideas from the major counselling and psychotherapy approaches that are studied at Metanoia, namely Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person-Centred, and Transactional Analysis. We will ask straightforward questions about these approaches, for example where did they come from, and what are their similarities and differences? We will identify what the conditions desirable are in counselling and what might bring about healing and change; why do people change and how does this come about in counselling?

The aim in the first half of the course is to provide a learning opportunity for participants to thoroughly familiarise themselves with the foundations or nuts and bolts of therapeutic skills. In the second half of the course, we will take a deeper look at the therapeutic process itself. As such the course is adaptable and will take into account the interests and needs of the group. Learning will be through group discussion, personal experience, exercises, presentations and didactic teaching.


To apply for the course, please click here to begin your application.

Please see the dates page for available sessions.

Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Skills & Studies

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