Last updated 7 July, 2020

Rowan Counselling Skills Certificate

  Live Interactive Online Instructor Led Training

Rowan Certificate in Counselling Skills

STOP PRESS: This course is now only going to be delivered online until such time as government requirements allow us to deliver face-to-face in Perth. So it is only open to people who will be able to attend face-to-face in Perth once that is allowed. Next August we will offer a course delivered entirely online, open to anyone regardless of your geographic location. We apologise for having previously stated that we could do so this year.

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 will start 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.

It will move to face-to-face delivery in Perth, once it is safe for all students to do so. So this year, the Certificate training is only open to people who will be able to attend in person in Perth once restrictions are lifted.

Dates and Times
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Certificate in Counselling Skills
Open Evenings

Thursday 28th May 2020
6.30pm - 7.30pm
Tuesday 21st July
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Induction Evening Tuesday 18th Aug 2020
6.30 - 7.30pm
Module 1 starts Tuesday 25th August 2020
6.30 - 9.30pm
Module 4 ends Tuesday 15th June 2021
6.30 - 9.30pm

NB: the open evenings will be held on Zoom. Book your place here.

The open evenings are for anyone considering applying for the online COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills. You will learn more about the course and can ask questions. 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 over 10 evenings.

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Certificate in Counselling Skills
Duration 10 Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6.30pm - 9.30pm Booking Forms and full dates

Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4

starts 25th August 2020
starts 3rd November 2020
starts 2nd February 2021
starts 20th April 2021


350 + VAT 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 - Lynne Thomas
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Lynne trained initially in Mental Health then went on to train as a counsellor in 2009, and has been working as a counsellor since then in a variety of settings. Lynne has a particular interest and passion in working with children and young people.

As well as teaching on Rowan's COSCA Counselling Skills course, Lynne is a part-time counselling and mental health lecturer at Abertay 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