Last updated 7 September, 2021

Counselling Skills Certificate (Online)

  Online Version Live Interactive Instructor Led Training

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Rowan Certificate in Counselling Skills

Online Version

The Rowan Certificate in Counselling Skills, validated by COSCA, is for anybody who wants to improve their understanding of other people as well as themselves. You will learn to:

  • support others by developing practical listening skills

  • increase your self-awareness

  • build rapport with others

The course is useful and practical, whether you are a sales person, parent, manager, a professional/volunteer carer or helper.

This training is online using Zoom, reliable and good quality free software, for holding live online meetings. You will be able to see and interact with fellow participants throughout the sessions and split off into breakout rooms for skills practice and small group discussions.

Dates and Times
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Certificate in Counselling Skills
Information Sessions Tuesday 6th July
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Thursday 29th July
6pm - 7pm
Induction Evening Thursday 19th Aug 2021
6pm - 7pm
Certificate runs from 26th August 2021
6pm - 9pm
until 18th June 2022

NB: the information sessions will be held on Zoom. Book your place here.

The information sessions are for anyone considering applying for the online COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills. You will learn more about the course and can ask questions. View the slide presentation here. It also gives you a chance to experience the online Zoom environment.

The induction evening is for students who have been interviewed and accepted onto the course. You will meet your fellow students, your trainer and practice using Zoom before we embark on the course content.

Module Dates

The COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills consists of 4 Modules at SCQF Level 8, each 30 hours of online training time, covering 12 Units. Each module runs over on Thursday evenings and occasional Saturday daytimes.

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Certificate in Counselling Skills
Duration 11 sessions over Thursday evenings 6pm-9pm and occasional Saturdays 9.30am-4.30pm per module Booking Forms and full dates

Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4

starts 26th August '21
starts 11th November '21
starts 3rd February '22
starts 21st April '22


Full Certificate £1550 if paid for in advance, or 420 per module

What does the course involve?

The course involves three main strands:

You'll learn and understand the concepts of counselling and counselling skills, find out more about ethics and learn how to listen to and support others.
You'll put into practice what you've learned, such as active listening skills, the use of body language, and speaking effectively while others listen.
You'll take part in insightful exercises to better understand yourself and how others perceive you.

This course is credit rated at 40 SCQF points at Level 8 by Edinburgh Napier University. Trainees need to demonstrate competence in the learning outcomes of each module before proceeding to the next module. This assessment is made by the submission of a written assignment and through the trainee's skills being observed by a trainer.

Feedback about the Counselling Skills course " Very high impact. At first I struggled to see the relevance but as the course progressed it was really worthwhile. I learned new skills and believe that I have emerged as a more capable effective worker.Well delivered course. I learned a great deal about myself and how I work with young people. "

Carie Taylor-Burns, Xplore Project, Dundee

" Staff have found the range of courses provided by Rowan useful and the COSCA modules very useful in boosting worker confidence to handle sensitive issues in the care settings they work in. I am delighted that the certificate is now credit rated within the SCQF, which gives us, as employers, a level for the purpose of gauging staff competencies. "

Karl Stern
Learning and Organisational Development Manager, Housing and Community Care,
Perth and Kinross Council

The Trainer - Susan Dobson
Lynne Thomas Portrait

Susan has over 20 years experience in designing and delivering training courses for counsellors, she also is the Senior Learning & Development Officer for Public Protection in Glasgow supporting the best practice in working with vulnerable families and communities.

Susan runs a busy counselling and training practice from her home, working with organisations including the NHS, SafeLives and Edinburgh Napier University.

Register Now

The COSCA Rowan Certificate in Counselling Skills isn't just about improving your listening skills. It's a journey of self-discovery too. Face the challenge and book today. Alternatively, if you need more information, give Rowan a call today on 01738 562 005 to speak to one of the trainers.

Rowan Consultancy, 4 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5EN. +44(0)1738 562005