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.
We offer a wide variety of training courses that will help you develop the qualities of good listening. Our courses are staffed by experienced and accredited practitioners who have expertise in counselling, supervision and teaching and the training we offer in counselling and listening is based on experience and our knowledge of what really works.
Booking and Cancellation Policy:
All bookings are provisional on receipt of a booking form/application. A deposit is payable to secure your place. This deposit is non refundable, unless the course is cancelled by GCS. Any balance owing is payable no later than 14 days prior to the training.
We do not store credit card details nor do we share financial details with 3rd parties.
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:
- Introducing basic theories
- Practicing counselling skills
- Exploring attitudes, values and beliefs about human nature
- Examining intentions and motivations, both conscious and unconscious
Duration: 20 hours of seminars and skills practice.
Entry requirements: none
Course Fee: £195
26th Jan 2017 - 6th April 2017 10 weeks - Thursday: 6pm to 8pm in Stroud
14th and 5th March 2017 Weekend Course 10am to 4pm Gloucester
7th March - 23rd May 2017 10 weeks - Tuesday: 11am - 4pm Cheltenham
22nd and 23rd April 2017 Weekend Course 10am to 4pm Gloucester
3th 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
you can apply online or download our information leaflet below.
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.
This course aims to enhance skills, develop ways of understanding patterns of human growth and behaviour and increase self-awareness. The content includes experiential seminar work on counselling skills and attitudes and a self-awareness group.
This course also forms the entry requirements to a part-time professional counsellor training leading to the award of Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
Please note we run up to 3 courses each year, daytime and evening, commencing end of September; these courses are one year part-time.
Wednesday 28th September 2016 Wednesday: 9.30am to 1.00pm in Stroud
Tuesday 27th September 2016 Tuesday: 6.00pm to 9.30pm in Cheltenham
Wednesday 28th September 2016 Wednesday: 6.00pm to 9.30pm in Stroud
45 hours of seminars / skills development and practice
45 hours of self-awareness group work
15 hours skills workshops (one Saturday each term)
No formal academic requirements. Selection is by application form and consultation.
Course Fee: £1350 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.
For further information, please contact us via our Contact page, email
or phone 01453 766310.
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
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
45 hours workshops
200 hours supervised client work
All years of the course are held in Stroud
Core Course Times:
Year 1: Tuesday 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Year 2: Tuesday 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Year 3: Monday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
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 20th September 2016. The course fee for Diploma Year 1 is £2095. This includes a non-refundable deposit of £250.
For further information please email
or phone 01453 766310. To apply, please download our information leaflet and application guidance below.
Associate Counsellor Programme
The Associate Counsellor Programme is a unique programme for qualified counsellors who work in the psychodynamic or psychoanalytic traditions, designed to further develop a range of skills and capacities that are important in moving towards independent practice or working in an organisation. Applicants should have achieved a Diploma-level qualification with significant clinical experience.
The programme runs for 12 months beginning in September 2016. Successful applicants will become GCS Associate Counsellors and gain invaluable experience working within a well-established counselling service.
Associate Counsellors will have the opportunity to work with a range of clients and presenting problems. Weekly (42 weeks per year) clinical supervision is provided as part of the programme. Associate Counsellors will also attend a seminar programme that is designed to develop skills and capabilities and increase awareness of what it means to be a professional counsellor.
GCS has extensive experience in working with and supporting counsellors as they work towards professional accreditation. The supervised clinical placement offered in the programme provides an opportunity for Diploma-qualified counsellors to achieve the post-qualification client hours required for individual accreditation by BACP. GCS has been accredited by BPC as a ‘gate-keeper’ of professional standards and is responsible for proposing graduates to BPC for membership. On satisfactory completion of this course associate counsellors will be proposed by GCS to BPC as registrants.
For further information please email
or phone 01453 766310. You can download further information below.
Accessibility - Unfortunately there are a number of stairs at our Stroud venue so therefore it is not accessible to everyone. Training materials can be made available in Large print if requested.
Course Booking - Payment Terms and Conditions can be requested by emailing