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Gloucestershire Counselling Service

Professional Training In Counselling and Listening

2016/17 Courses



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.

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: £185 (Course fee will be £195 from 14th September 2016)

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Booking and Cancellation Policy : All bookings are provisional on receipt of a booking form. A deposit is payable within 14 days to secure your place. Any balance owing is payable no later than 14 days prior to the training. Cancellation more than 30 days prior to training - monies will be refunded less a 25% admin fee. Cancellation 30 days or less prior to training - no refund given.


1st Aug - 5th Aug 2016 5 days - Mon to Fri: 10am - 3pm in Stroud

14th Sep - 30 Nov 2016 10 weeks - Wednesday: 12 noon to 2pm in Cheltenham

14th Sep - 30 Nov 2016 10 weeks - Wednesday: 6pm to 8pm in Cheltenham

15th Sep - 1st Dec 2016 10 weeks - Thursday: 6-8pm in Stroud

16th Sep - 2nd Dec 2016 10 weeks - Friday: 12-2pm in Stroud

More Information?

For further information please contact us via our Contact page, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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.


Daytime Courses:

Wednesday 28th September 2016 Wednesday: 9.30am to 1.00pm in Stroud

Evening Courses:

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)

Entry requirements:

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. The cut off for applications for 2016/17 academic year is 31st August 2016 (late applications may be considered at the discretion of the course manager)

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More Information?

For further information, please contact us via our Contact page, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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

Entry requirements:

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.

More Information?

For further information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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.



Gloucestershire Counselling Service

Professional Training in Counselling and Listening

2015 Courses

British Psychoanalytic Council

GCS specialises in providing counselling and training of counsellors to professional standards. GCS was established in 1980 and has over 60 counsellors offering high quality affordable, counselling to the community of Gloucestershire in venues across the county including Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. All our counsellors are supervised and managed within GCS and work within the BACP ethical framework. Some of our counsellors are counsellors in training; they work to the same standards as our qualified counsellors.

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