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Do you have an interest in counselling and wish to further your knowledge and personal development?
Are you thinking of training as a professional counsellor?
Are you seeking a career change or voluntary work, or returning to study?
Do you wish to enhance your career prospects by gaining an extra qualification?

The tutor team at The Albany Centre have delivered an Introduction to Counselling course for some years within a college setting and have now set up this course in an independent institute designed specifically for therapeutic training and personal development.

This is an open access course; there are no prerequisites for application.

The overall aims of this introductory course are:

  1. To enhance and improve the verbal communication skills of participants, in particular the ability to listen, to respect silence and to communicate empathic understanding. Emphasis will be given to working in groups.
  2. To provide a realistic understanding of the demanding nature of vocational training especially in counsellor skills training.
  3. To introduce students to experiential learning processes that will include a high element of personal growth work, developing further self confidence and self esteem.

At the end of the Introduction to Counselling course students should:

  • have a basic understanding of what counselling is about and compare and contrast with other forms of helping
  • have some basic skills to further improve their own communication processes
  • understand more clearly what counselling training entails and be able to make a more informed choice as to whether or not to undertake counselling training.

On fulfilment of the assessment criteria, students will be entitled to receive a Certificate.

This is a 15 hour weekend course (9:30am-5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday each day)

Please note the weekend must be completed in full in order to progress onto the Diploma programme.

REQUIREMENTS                                                                                                                                                      This course is intended as a basic generic introduction to counselling. Its versatility appeals to a wide range of potential students including those who are considering embarking on formal counselling training. The course allows students to make a more informed choice as to whether or not to embark on a demanding vocational training towards a possible career in counselling or an allied career, e.g. welfare advice work, health and social care, teaching, youth work, namely careers in which counselling skills are useful. It is also intended for those who wish to improve their listening and communication skills.

No previous experience of counselling or counselling training is necessary but students should be aware that the course involves experiential learning and self-awareness exercises which will be demanding of the self in interaction with others.

Prospective students should be aware that this level of course is not intended to train counsellors and that they will not be qualified to practise as counsellors on completion of this course.

This course provides the first step to becoming a counsellor.
This Albany Centre Introduction to Counselling Certificate  (or equivalent qualification) is a pre-requisite for entry onto the Professional Counselling Training Diploma (click for here for more information). For those who do not intend to continue their studies further in the field of counselling the course can be a valuable introduction to communication skills and personal development.


Jon Wilson Cooper has been working as a counsellor in a variety of settings as well as in private practice and has been training counsellors from introductory level up to Foundation Degree level for many years. He teaches experientially as well as by lectures on relevant aspects of theory using real life experiences as well as helping students draw on their own histories to develop an in-depth understanding of counselling.



£150.00 inclusive of VAT, all materials, and basic refreshments throughout (lunch is not included on the two full days).

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Payment can be made by cheque (payable to The Albany Centre and sent to our address), or by BACS transfer (sort code 40-40-01, account 42200066). Payment must be made at the time of booking; an instalment plan is available (pay £75 on application and £75 by 12th August 2015).

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