Gloucestershire Counselling Service
Professional Training In Counselling and Listening
GCS is a unique and special place to train. We are a BACP accredited counselling service with more than 30 years experience of providing training in counselling and listening. If you work in any role where people come to you for support, we have the right training for you and many people find the courses helpful in their personal lives and for self-development.
Training in Working with Children, Families and Young People
GCS in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Families and Beyond: An Introduction to Systemic Thinking presented by Gwyn Daniel
In collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, GCS is delighted to offer this four day short course on systemic thinking and its application within therapeutic work. Through a combination of seminars and work discussion groups, you will learn new ways of thinking about and negotiating personal and work relationships as well as many other applications of systemic ideas.
The course is open to all those who work with people whether in a counselling/therapeutic capacity or other contexts. It is for carers, managers, teachers, health and social care professionals and all those who would like to find out more about systemic thinking and practice; whether for career purposes or out of general interest.
Fridays 21st April, 5th May, 29th May and 2nd June 9.30am - 4.30pm
Fees: £370 Trainees, Qualified Therapists £420, Group rate £380 for groups of 3 or more
Postgraduate Certificate in Child, adolescent and family mental well-being: Multidisciplinary practice (PTPCGL001)
This award-winning and innovative one-year course will run at GCS in Stroud from September 2017, weekly on Thursday afternoons and monthly on Fridays. It is one of the most popular courses within the Tavistock and Portman training portfolio, whose innovative quality has been recognised internally and externally through winning the Heath Education and North and Central East London (HENCEL) award of "Inter-professional Education and Training programme” and "Trainer of the Year award" 2014". The course is now delivered within a number of regional centres across the UK, such as GCS in Stroud.
Developed by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the course was validated by the University of East London in 2010 and 2014 and is now validated by the University of Essex. It interweaves developmental, psychodynamic and systemic theoretical ideas, into a therapeutic practice orientated course.
We welcome all those who work in the field of child, adolescent or family mental health who wish to improve their knowledge and capabilities. You may be in one of the following roles:
For more information and details of how to apply please go to: https://tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/training/courses/child-adolescent-and-family-mental-well-being-multidisciplinary-practice-stroud/
It is intended that practitioner-level training will be provided at GCS from September 2018. The course will take place at Alma House, Stroud or suitable alternative facilities.
We also invite you to get a flavour of this innovative and multi-disciplinary one-year course at our GCS Open Day in Stroud May 20th 10am – 2pm
Expect a lively and informal event that will give you a chance to find out more, ask questions and meet senior training staff before starting the application process. If you would like to book a place on the Open Day on 20th May, please complete a booking form that can be found here.
Expect a lively and informal event that will give you a chance to find out more, ask questions and meet senior training staff before starting the application process.
If you would like to book a place on the Open Day on 20th May, please complete a booking form that can be found here.
Training in Counselling and Listening Skills
Introduction To Counselling
This course will give you an insight into the world of counselling and listening. You'll work with a tutor and other members of the group to get practice in listening skills, and you'll find out just what is involved in helping another person. It's a great taster course and a good way to find out whether we are the right people to train with. The course content includes:
Entry requirements: none
Course Fee: £195
22nd and 23rd April 2017 Weekend Course 10am to 4pm Gloucester *Places still available*
13th and 14th May 2017 Weekend Course: 10am to 4pm in Stroud
26th April 2017 - 5th July 2017 10 weeks - Wednesday : 6pm-8pm in Cheltenham
7th August 2017 - 11th Aug 2017 Summer week - Mon-Fri: 10am to 3pm in Stroud
For further information please contact us via our Contact page, email
or phone 01453 766310. Alternatively
Certificate in Counselling Skills
The Certificate in Counselling Skills course provides a valuable training in counselling skills and gives an introduction to the nature of counselling work. It provides the basic skills for those who use counselling skills in their work or wish to work in the field of counselling; it is also designed for those who wish to develop their listening and communication skills.
Wednesday 27th September 2017 Wednesday: 9.30am to 1.00pm in Stroud
Tuesday 26th September 2017 Tuesday: 6.00pm to 9.30pm in Cheltenham
Wednesday 27th September 2017 Wednesday: 6.00pm to 9.30pm in Stroud
45 hours of seminars / skills development and practice
No formal academic requirements. Selection is by application form and consultation.
Course Fee: £1399 which includes a non-refundable deposit of £200 (fee may be subject to change for each academic year)
To apply, please complete our application form using the link below.
This is a well established work-based clinical training which we have provided for over 25 years. The course leads to a professional qualification and provides the clinical and theoretical elements of the training as a psychodynamic counsellor. The course includes theoretical and ontological seminars, tutorial sessions, self-awareness groups, supervision and workshops.
This 3-year training combines theoretical understanding and clinical practice. All trainees on this programme are provided with a clinical placement within GCS's Clinical Service and clinical supervision of this work is an integral part of the course and is provided on site. The Diploma is accredited by BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council).
The course commences end of September each year.
The training programme:
- Includes a clinical placement within our counselling service (avoids the difficulty of trainees finding their
own suitable placement.
- Includes regular supervision of the clinical work.
- Leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a psychodynamic counsellor.
Duration - Three years (part-time) involving:
405 contact hours
189 hours of supervision
All years of the course are held in Stroud
Core Course Times:
Year 1: Tuesday 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm
It will be necessary to attend occasional Saturday Workshops. Dates of these workshops are given at the beginning of each year.
Applications are open to anyone holding a Certificate in Counselling Skills award or an equivalent course at Level 3 by the start of the Diploma in September. Selection is through application and interviews of suitably qualified candidates.
Year 1 start date is Tuesday 19th September 2017 The course fee is £2199 for each year of the course. This includes a non-refundable deposit of £250.