With nearly 30 years experience of counselling and training, GCS is a unique and special place to train. Undertaking a professional training within the counselling and psychotherapy profession is a major commitment involving time, money and personal exploration. We want to make this choice a productive and enjoyable experience.
Why train at GCS?
GCS is a member of the National Counselling Network and our roots are in the counselling profession. At GCS we offer an extensive training and development route from introductory and skills courses to Diploma level training in psychodynamic counselling leading to membership and registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). The BPC is a professional association which recognises high standards of clinical work, representing the profession of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Training in counselling is more than just theory and academic study and our courses provide a solid and robust preparation for those wishing to train as a counsellor. GCS aims to support our trainees through what can sometimes prove a challenging and demanding personal experience by providing a helpful environment. All our courses are staffed by experienced practitioners in the field who have expertise in clinical work, supervision and teaching.
Training and counselling takes place in comfortable and pleasant surroundings. We aim to provide a broad and enriching learning experience at all levels of training. Our training which is supportive, creative and often challenging, leads to a high level of competence and enable counsellors to practise confidently and knowledgably with a high level of professionalism.
Not everybody who trains with us wants to become a qualified counsellor. Some people want to improve their listening skills for their personal interest or because it will help them in the workplace.
Professional counselling provides a relationship in which clients can safely explore their experiences and become aware of hidden feelings and discover new perspectives and insights. Trainees need to develop the qualities required to provide this sort of relationship. Stability, personal suitability for the work and increasing emotional openness and maturity are all-important. Sustaining the counselling relationship, sometimes over a considerable period of time, also requires a commitment of time and energy.
This preliminary course provides an introduction to counselling and some basic counselling skills. It will be helpful for anyone with a counselling function in their work and also for anyone interested in exploring what counselling is all about. The course content includes:
Entry requirements: none
Course Fee: £150
2014 Course Programme
We are running a number of courses during the year; all courses are held in our Stroud premises.
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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.
45 hours of seminars / skills development and practice
Times / venues:
No formal academic requirements.
Please download our information leaflet below in PDF format.
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 c ourse and is provided on site. The Diploma is accredited by BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) and completion of this training leads to registration with BPC as a Psychodynamic Counsellor.
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.
- Fulfils the training requirements for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and
Duration - Three years (part-time) involving :
135 hours of seminars / tutorial sessions
All years of the course are held in Stroud
Year 1: Tuesday 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm