First Diploma in Counselling Skills (Level 3) 

About the Course:

This Diploma is a progression from the First Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 3 and expands your learning preparing you to undertake client work. You will learn how to create a contract to work confidentially and ethically with clients. The training will equip you to use a wide range of powerful counselling techniques and provide you with the skill and knowledge required to be fully present and engaged in all aspects of counselling work.

Throughout the training you will be supported in your own personal development and have the opportunity to explore aspects of yourself in order to facilitate your own growth and readiness to practice as a counsellor. 

This course is both fun and exciting and will allow you to develop both professionally and personally in our supportive and gentle environment through the use of Heartwood's unique experiential and creative teaching style.

This course runs weekly for 18 sessions and during this time you will learn about different counselling styles (Gestalt, Person Centred, and Cognitive behavioural Therapy) and how to use these approaches with clients.

Entry Requirements:

  • You will need to have completed a First Certificate in Counselling Skills (or equivalent)
  • This course costs £560.00.  This includes VAT @ 20% and ABC registration fee
  • Next start, March 2016
  • This course runs, at Heartwood, from 9.30am - 5pm for 18 sessions
  • More information about this course can be found on the ABC Awards website
  • Payment plan of £150 deposit plus £110 per month for 4 months


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First Diploma at a glance...

  • Cost: £560.00
  • Frequency: One day per week
  • Duration: 18 Sessions
  • Entry Requirements: First Certificate  or equivalent
  • Next Start:  March 2016
  • Enrolment:  Application form and £150 deposit
  • Assessment: Internal and external
  • Credit Value: 18