If you are ready to embark on a course which gives you the essential theories and skills involved in becoming a counsellor, then our Foundation in Counselling (Level 3 equivalent) – Online course is for you.
The training offers you a direct route onto our Advanced Diploma in Counselling – NCS Accredited (Level 4 equivalent) in Counselling.
The course involves sessions of experiential, creative training which is offered:
- one evening per week over 19 weeks (plus one full day Saturday class)
- twelve sessions one day per week
- one weekend per month over 6 months
We also offer this course in our classroom at Heartwood one day per week or one weekend per month over 6 months
No prior experience is required, as this course is a comprehensive and complete foundation into counselling.
This course has been Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society (NCS). This course alone is not a route to the Accredited Register nor does it fully equip a graduate to practice as a qualified counsellor.
Suitable for people engaged in a caring or therapeutic role, anyone working in a people focused environment or anyone interested in counselling skills, the course attracts people with diverse professional and personal backgrounds. It offers the opportunity to enhance further career and life skills, and can be a stepping stone to accessing counselling and therapeutic professions.
Evening classes take place online, one evening per week 6pm – 9.30pm over 19 weeks (plus one full day Saturday class).
Daytime classes take place online, one day per week 10am – 4.30pm over 12 weeks.
Weekend classes take place online, one weekend per month, 10am – 4.30 pm over 6 months.
- Next weekend online course starts:
- 11th-12th September 2021, one weekend per month
- Next evening online courses start:
- 10th June 2021, weekly on Thursday evenings – (fully booked, waiting list available)
- 6th September 2021, weekly on Monday evenings
- Next weekday online course starts: to be announced
This course is also available in the classroom at Heartwood on weekdays and weekends
*Our classroom based courses will be delivered via our exceptional virtual learning environment when required during Covid restrictions*
A course that is Online Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society, you will learn how to create a safe space for counselling and a range of therapeutic skills and techniques to explore client issues.
This course alone is not a route to the Accredited Register nor does it fully equip a graduate to practice as a qualified counsellor.
This course is suitable for people who are looking to start our Advanced Diploma in Counselling – NCS Accred (Level 4 equivalent). Please contact us to discuss this further.
This course will be beneficial for anybody working in the caring profession. It will give you important skills which are of great value in your life as well as the workplace!
A perfect place to begin if you are looking for a change in career path!
Please click on the below link to view and download the course calendar for upcoming courses:
10th June 2021, weekly on Thursday evenings (online only) – (fully booked, waiting list available)
6th September 2021, weekly on Monday evenings (online only)
11th-12th September 2021, one weekend per month (online only
No prior knowledge or experience required to enrol on this course.
There is no requirement for an interview, however we are always happy to show people around our beautiful centre, if you would like to come and visit us just let us know.
Level 2 is not a requirement to join this course.
Applications welcome over the age of 19yrs.
No prior profession or academic attainment is required.
The Foundation in Counselling (Level 3 equivalent) course furthers our understanding and knowledge of ourselves and counselling concepts, theory and skills.
Heartwood’s theoretical approach presented on the course is both Integrative and Holistic. We will look at integrating models, techniques, theories and a range of modalities that suit the individual client. Whilst working on developing relationship skills which will aid therapeutic work.
We will cover a range of approaches including Gestalt Therapy, Person Centred Therapy and Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
We will work with the full perception of the client, their world from their eyes, adapting our methods to accommodate our client’s needs and working with the way a client’s problems may present as:
- Thoughts – fixed beliefs or negative ideas, old messages (introjects).
- Emotions – grief, anger, sadness, regret, guilt, shame.
- Physical – panic attacks, insomnia, eating disorders, self-harm.
- Spiritual – hopes, dreams, aspirations, purpose.
This course further develops counselling, communication and listening skills through the following client centred practices; effective questioning and working at an appropriate pace, managing silence, active listening and minimal encouragement prompts, paraphrasing and summarising, attentiveness and rapport building, empathetic listening, checking for understanding and focusing.
- Drama Triangle
- Self-awareness development – experiential exercises
- Therapeutic skills and interventions
- Techniques to explore client issues
- Create a safe space for counselling – setting clear boundaries
- Personal & professional conduct and creating a therapy contract
- How people gain support
- Holding emotional space
- Deepening congruence and becoming authentic in relationships
- Exploring challenging emotions
- A minimum of 85% attendance on tuition days
- Completion of learning journals
- Completion of course assignments
- Demonstration of practical skills throughout
- Active participation in experiential aspects of the training
We create a supportive learning environment here at Heartwood and will guide learners through their studies.
Full course fees are £845
Your place is secured when we receive your application form and deposit of £295 (non-refundable)
- The outstanding balance of £550 can then be made in full before the course start date.
- A monthly payment plan is available at £140* for 4 months. *(This includes a monthly administration fee of £2.50 for instalment payments).
What Students Say
“It was over too quickly, the tutor was wonderful and really supported me. I have met some wonderful people on this course who are also going onto the level 4 course with me, I can’t wait, I am hooked!”
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