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Diploma in Counselling Skills

September 2019 – July 2020

This training is designed to enable students to develop their own use of counselling skills as well as their knowledge and understanding of psychodynamic theory. The course is suitable for those who are perhaps considering completing a Diploma is Psychodynamic Counselling, or for those wishing to improve their knowledge and skills base in this modality. Applications must have previously completed a Certificate in Counselling Skills or equivalent. It is important to stress that completion of this foundation level course is not a licence to practise as a counsellor.

This is a part-time course running from September 2019 until July 2020 and comprises three terms, each of ten weeks duration. The course is held on Thursday evenings at C.C.F premises from 6.00pm until 10.00pm. The timetable is run in conjunction with the local authority school term and holiday dates. Two Saturday workshops are also scheduled as part of the course.

It is important to point out that if you intend to apply for a place on our Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling on completion of this course, you must be in a minimum of once weekly therapy with a psychotherapist from our approved list for at least one year before applying. You will therefore need to begin this therapy when the Diploma in Counselling Skills commences or take a year out for therapy between the two diplomas. Therapy then continues for the duration of the remaining training and is an additional expense. The cost of these sessions is in addition to the course fee and will be a private agreement between you and the therapist.

We emphasise that we provide a training in counselling, not a course of instruction.  This means that our Assessment Committee must be satisfied that the trainee has reached a required standard, which is not just a matter of completing hours and assignments, before awarding a qualification.  Please note that progression each year is not automatic but dependent upon our assessment process.

It is important that you read all of the information provided on all levels of our training before making the decision to train with us.


Term Dates:  

Induction:  Thursday 19th September 2019
Term 1:  Thursday 19th September 2019 to Thursday 28th November 2019
Half Term:  Week commencing 28th October 2019
Term 2:  Thursday 9th January 2020 to Thursday 19th March 2020
Half Term:  Week commencing 17th February 2020
Term 3:  Thursday 23rd April 2020 to Thursday 2nd July 2020
Half Term:  Week commencing 25th May 2020


Fees for 2019-2020

Course Fee £2550 – see application form for details
Deposit  £500 non refundable

Former clients of CCF wishing to train as counsellors cannot do so here until at least five years after their last counselling session with us.

Please download an application form: DICS Application form 2019 ,  Training Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form and view our Privacy Statement – Training 2018

Ideally, applicants should be aged 21 years plus.

Applications are welcome from January 2019 and can be sent by email to sues@chelmsfordcounselling.org.uk or by post to Sue Sheppard, Training co-ordinator, Chelmsford Counselling Foundation, 42 Cedar Avenue, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 2QH