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The Institute of Counselling recognises that our students may have different needs to be met when making a course choice. Some of you may wish to use your studies with us to build towards a higher educational qualification and may do so by selecting one of our courses with modules accredited by either Glasgow Caledonian University or the University of the West of Scotland. If you do not have any formal qualifications this is also a good place to start.

Some of you already will be well qualified with perhaps a first degree or even a Masters, with your first priority to gain additional knowledge and skills in your chosen area of counselling. Accreditation may be less important to you and you feel no need to go through the academic rigour necessary within our accredited modules. 

All of our courses will contribute to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and a CPD certificate will be issued by the Institute in addition to your Certificate or Diploma. Full details of whether a course is accredited or not are given in the individual course summaries - if you want further information please contact one of our student advisors on 0141 204 2230.

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2500 Diploma in Crisis Counselling

£499.00

This two module course is designed specifically for students who wish to study Crisis Counselling from a clinical and pastoral perspective. The course uses the clinical and pastoral model and identifies practical skills and responses for many counselling situations.  

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2000 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

£499.00

The aim is to provide further training in applying the principles of CBT. It is designed for individuals, especially those in the healthcare profession, who wish to practise CBT thus enhancing therapy effectiveness. The course provides case studies, illustrations, practical activities and assignments.

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1400 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring

£499.00

Coaching and Mentoring are moving into prominance in all areas of people development. You will learn the skills and techniques required to add these to your list of personal competences.

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3200 Diploma in Cognitive Coaching and Mentoring

£569.00

This new Diploma in Cognitive Coaching and Mentoring course is designed to be both relevant and practical. It combines the best of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Coaching and Mentoring to offer you a unique in-depth cognitive approach to helping others.

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900 Certificate in Major Incidents

£270.00

This course caters for those already working in the field of counselling or those employed in the helping professions. The course provides a comprehensive overview of Crisis & Trauma Counselling covering topics such as; rites and customs with respect to culture, the trauma of identification, responding to shock and emotional outbursts.

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820 Certificate in Stress Management

£270.00

This useful and informative course presents many practical insights into Stress; what causes it, how it can be overcome and how to avoid it.

Stress is examined from psychological, social and occupational perspectives. Effective strategies and exercises are presented which can be adapted to meet a wide range of needs.

This makes the course particularly suitable for counsellors or trainees who are encountering the effects of client stress in counselling sessions.

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610 Certificate in Coaching

£270.00

The concept of Coaching has developed greatly in recent years and recogonised as beneficial in the personal development of individuals not only in sport but in personal life and business. This course looks at what we mean by coaching and looks at techniques and the personal skills of the coach in helping clients fulfill their potential and meet life's challenges.

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620 Certificate in Mentoring

£270.00

Mentoring has historically been recognised as helping bring out the hidden potential in people through a sharing of experience and a "listening ear." This course offers students an introduction to the personal attributes required and the techniques you can employ to be an effective Mentor.

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1500 Diploma in Grief and Bereavement Counselling

£499.00

This is a two module course. 1. Introduction to Counselling, 2. Grief and Bereavement Counselling. You will learn the knowledge and skills to help clients work through the tasks of mourning (Worden). 

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950 Certificate in Spiritual Care

£270.00

The certificate in Spiritual Care teaches you a skilled 'way of being' with people. You will enhance their spiritual awareness and help them identify their spiritual needs in their journey towards wholeness. If you work in the healthcare professions, individual practice, or provide pastoral or spiritual care, then this is the course for you.

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GCU 1 Foundation Counselling Skills - Glasgow Caledonian University Accredited

£389.00

A solid foundation in counselling skills is required to enter the field of Counselling. This in depth course will provide you with person-centred counselling skills integrated with Egan's "The Skilled Helper" model. Additionally it offers more in depth study leading to better understanding by examining various counselling models and the history behind them.

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GCU 2 Grief & Bereavement Counselling Skills - Glasgow Caledonian University Accredited

£389.00

This University Accredited course may be taken as part of The Diploma in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling Skills course or as a specialist course for those with previous Counselling experience. It allows the Counsellor to examine more deeply the subject of Grief and Bereavement and the techniques employed to help clients through this.

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GCU 3 Couple & Family Counselling Skills - Glasgow Caledonian University Accredited

£389.00

This University Accredited course may be taken as part of The Diploma in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling Skills or as a specialist course for those with previous Counselling experience. It allows the Counsellor to examine more deeply Couple and Family Counselling Skills, in particular "systems theory" and the techniques employed to help clients through the issues presented.

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GCU 4 Crisis & Trauma Counselling Skills - Glasgow Caledonian University Accredited

£389.00

This University Accredited course may be taken as part of The Diploma in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling Skills Course or as a specialist course for those with previous Counselling experience. It allows the Counsellor to examine more deeply the subject of Crisis and Trauma and the immediacy of the techniques employed to help clients through this.

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1830 Diploma in Youth Counselling

£499.00

This two module programme begins by giving a grounding in counselling and human growth and development leading on to explain how certain techniques can be best used to help with issues such as drugs, abuse, sexual problems, educational and vocational challenges etc. Completion of the course will also allow students to apply for Associate Membership of the National Counselling Society.

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UW100 Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (University of the West of Scotland Accredited)

£270.00

This University accredited course provides a basic understanding of theoretical models, processes and skills practice - within the context of providing a helping and supportive relationship to clients. The student will be introduced to CBT, at the heart of which is the ABC model.  

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UD1000 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (University of the West of Scotland Accredited Modules)

£499.00

This in depth Diploma Course has two CBT modules that are accredited by the University of the West of Scotland. Module 1 introduces the student to CBT and Module 2 extends the learning on tools and techniques to employ with your client.

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UT1000 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (University of the West of Scotland Accredited Modules)

£499.00

As well as offering a foundation in counselling this course takes the student forward to help them understand and develop professional and ethical practice in therapeutic counselling. Both modules are University accredited.

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152 Certificate in Understanding Addiction

£270.00

This course is for the experienced Counsellors who wish to expand their knowledge base to take in working with common addictions (e.g. drugs and alcohol) and some of the more recent problems such as internet addiction. It may also be taken following one of our introductory counselling courses.

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123 Certificate in Couple and Family Counselling Skills

£270.00

This course provides you with counselling knowledge and skills to help couples and families work through their relationship issues using a "systems" model.

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UW101 Certificate in CBT 2 (University of the West of Scotland Accredited)

£270.00

This University accredited course builds on the work of module 1 (Course UW100) It moves futher into the tools and techniques employed in CBT and should be considered by a counsellor with CBT experience or a student who has completed course UW100. 

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420 Certificate in Crisis Counselling

£270.00

This course caters for those already working in the field of counselling or those employed in the helping professions. The course provides a comprehensive overview of Crisis Counselling covering topics such as; separation and divorce,  depression, suicide, gender role development and mental illness.

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YC2 Certificate in Youth Counselling

£270.00

This course may be taken as part of The Diploma in Youth Counselling or as a specialist course for those with previous Counselling experience. It allows the Counsellor to examine more deeply the subject of Youth Counselling and the techniques employed to help young people deal with issues such as relationships, abuse and vocational problems.

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500 Certificate in Grief and Bereavement

£270.00

This course examines the issues involved in Grief and Bereavement and is normally taken as part of a wider course or by a student with previous experience in this area. It looks at the role of the bereavement counsellor in explaining and helping with; stages of grief, tasks of mourning, grieving rituals, a child and adolescent view of death, complicated grief, counselling the dying and other common issues.  

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960 Certificate in Christian Counselling

£270.00

This course will teach you Christian knowledge, skills and practice as recommended by the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC). You will be able to use these counselling skills in various settings. 

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640 Diploma in Social Care

£350.00

This new Diploma Course will introduce you to the required knowledge, skills and personal attributes that enable a high standard of Social Care to be delivered in private and public organisations.

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350 Certificate in Addiction Counselling (SCQF credit rated)

£270.00

This course is open to all who have an interest in helping people with addictions. Your interest may be in professional practice, voluntary service or as a student of counselling or CBT. If you have an interest in CBT then this course will give you a solid foundation to build on.

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CR3501 Diploma in Addiction Counselling (SCQF credit rated)

£399.00

Addiction Counselling is one of the fastest growing counselling services in the UK. This two module Diploma Course may be of specific interest to those working in Healthcare, Social Work  or those of you who wish to extend your counselling knowledge in this area. A range of addictions are covered include: drugs, gambling, sex and the more modern phenomenon of the internet including social networks. 

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UW200 Certificate in Counselling (University of the West of Scotland Accredited)

£270.00

This course provides an excellent introduction to Counselling and is approved by the National Counselling Society. It helps students understand the critical nature of core qualities and appreciation of the different counselling models - in particular the person centred model explained so well by Egan in his outstanding textbook "The Skilled Helper." It looks at employing key skills of problem management, and opportunity development. Building professional and ethical practice is at the heart of this course.  

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4000 Diploma In Counselling

£679.00

This is a National Counselling Society (NCS)"Quality Checked" course consisting of 4 counselling modules; Introduction to Counselling, Grief and Bereavement, Couple and Family and Crisis. On completion students may apply for Associate Membership of NCS however giving full details of; your work based mentor support, your experience and skills and information relating to counselling practice may allow you to join at a higher level.

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121 Certificate in Counselling

£270.00


This is the Institute’s most popular course, having been successfully completed by people from various backgrounds and levels of ability. This course is quality checkedby the National Counselling Society and on completion students may apply to join as Associate Members.

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150 Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

£270.00

This is an excellent course to enter the field of CBT which is the preferred therapeutic intervention in the NHS. You will learn current skills and models of CBT that are widely respected and practiced.

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UE1000 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring (University of the West of Scotland Accredited Modules)

£499.00

Coaching and Mentoring have been  recognised as beneficial in sport for some time. This Diploma Course explains across 2 University accredited modules how this can be of benefit generally in helping people maximise their full potential. 

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UW300 Certificate in Coaching (University of the West of Scotland Accredited)

£270.00

The value of coaching in sport has been recognised as tranferring easily to home and business. This excellent University accredited course will provide you with in depth knowledge, skills and insights.  

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3500 Diploma in Addiction Counselling

£499.00

Addiction Counselling is one of the fastest growing counselling services in the UK. This two module Diploma Course may be of specific interest to those working in Healthcare, Social Work  or those of you who wish to extend your counselling knowledge in this area. A range of addictions are covered include: drugs, gambling, sex and the more modern phenomenon of the internet including social networks. 

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5000N Diploma In Clinical and Pastoral Counselling Skills

£1,087.00

This University accredited programme of 4 counselling modules allows the student to build on the introductory module which brings an understanding and appreciation of counselling and current models, and then leads the student into the more specialist counselling modules covering Grief and Bereavement, Couples and Families and Crisis and Trauma. On completion the student will have gained 120 SCQF points at level 9 (third year Ba/BSc.) Additionally on completion students may apply to the National Counselling Society for Associate Membership.

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UW400 Certificate in Mentoring (University of the West of Scotland Accredited)

£270.00

Mentoring has historically been recognised as helping bring out the hidden potential in people through a sharing of experience and a "listening ear." This University accredited course offers students an introduction to the personal attributes required and the techniques you can employ to be an effective Mentor.

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