Counselling Training in Folkestone, Kent

Thank you for your interest in our Counselling training programmes. All of our courses are accredited by 'ABC awards' a government approved awarding body.

Our Counselling training offers a clear progression route from Level 2 introductory skills training through the Level 3 Counselling skills training and on to a Professional qualification in Counselling at Diploma Level 4.

We also provide Personal Development workshops which dovetail with our Diploma training programme to ensure that trainees have the opportunity to develop their self-awareness in tandem with the professional knowledge necessary to become a therapeutic counsellor.

Our Level 2 and Level 3 Counselling training courses are based in Folkestone, Kent and are easily accessible for people travelling by road or rail from Ashford, Maidstone, Canterbury, Dover, Sandwich and Deal as well as Margate, Whitstable, Ramsgate and Broadstairs. Some students have travelled from London and other areas of Kent using the HS1 fast train from St Pancras, Stratford and Ebbsfleet. We also attract people from the coastal towns of New Romney and Dymchurch.

If travelling by car, parking is available close to the counselling centre at the Quarterhouse car park in Mill Bay. All day parking is available at a cost of £5.00 per day, including Saturdays. Parking is free from 6pm onwards. Tickets are obtained from the ticket machine in the car park. The correct change is required.

Interested in enrolling on a course with us?

Before you do, we invite you to come along to an Information and Enrolment Evening so that you can find out more about what we have to offer. Our next Induction date is on Monday December 12th at 6.00pm. Please advise if you would like to attend.

To register a place at our next induction and to find out further details about the event please click on the relevant course link at the bottom of this page.

Not sure which course is the right one for you?

To help you decide there is a brief overview of the courses detailed below:
  • Level 2 ABC Award in Counselling Concepts
    Our Level 2 skills course is an introductory level for those with no previous or current experience of working with others in a professional capacity. The course is an introduction to the use of counselling skills that can be utilised in a range of 'helping' related fields of work whether paid or within the voluntary sector.

    For further information please visit our LEVEL 2 PAGE.
  • Level 3 ABC Certificate in Counselling Skills
    Our level 3 skills course is the progression route from the successful completion of the level 2 programme. This course attracts a diverse range of people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, related abilities and knowledge.

    As with Level 3 this course may suit applicants who are in current or previous related workplace settings such as social work, health & care, nursing, teaching, mentoring, rehabilitation, prison service etc; or others from no particular professional or academic background other than their unique life experiences that have motivated them to gain the skills needed to help others. As a result of the experiences gained on this Advanced programme, students may feel they are ready to continue on from the successful completion of this course on to our Diploma training at Level 4.

    For further information please click here.visit our LEVEL 3 SKILLS PAGE
  • Level 3 Advanced ABC endorsed Certificate in Counselling Skills Development
    Our Level 3 Advanced skills course is an option for students who may not feel ready to continue onto the Level 4 Diploma but who want to continue to develop their counselling skills and continue work to work on their own personal development. This course is open to those who have completed their Level 3 Counselling Skills or equivalent.

    We currently have professionals studying on this course who are in current or previous related workplace settings such as social work, health & care, nursing, teaching, mentoring, rehabilitation, prison service etc. We have people from academic backgrounds who have previously studied psychology and have become interested in gaining the 'relational skills' necessary to engage therapeutically with others. We have people from no particular professional or academic background other than their unique life experiences that have motivated them to gain the skills needed to help others.

    For further information please visit our LEVEL 3 ADVANCED PAGE
  • Level 4 ABC Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
    Our level 4 course is the progression route from the successful completion of the level 3 programme for those that want to train as a professional counsellor. Applicants for the level 4 programme must have achieved a level 3 qualification and be considered emotionally ready to train at this level. All applicants will need to undergo personal therapy during the training programme as well as engaging in group therapy with members of their peer group. Anyone who has suffered a significant bereavement of a close family member or undergone a marital of partnership breakup quite recently should be willing to discuss their readiness for this course with the tutors prior to interview. We want to support all applicants as best that we can to come to a conclusion with regard to their readiness for this course as it is emotionally and mentally demanding quite apart from the academic study necessary too.

    All applicants will need to submit an application for an enhanced DBS check prior to acceptance on the course. This does not mean that anyone with a previous record of criminal activity will not be considered for acceptance. It does mean that we need to be able to consider your application with an awareness of any previous history that might or might not have an influence upon your subsequent ability to be accepted by a placement agency to complete the necessary trainee counselling element of the course.

    For further information please visit our LEVEL 4 PAGE
  • ABC endorsed Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
    ABC endorsed Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People

    Our Diploma in Counselling and Young People provides training in the ethical considerations, techniques and interventions particularly suitable when working with children and young people.

    All applicants will need to hold a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling and will also be required submit an application for an enhanced DBS check prior to acceptance on the course. This does not mean that anyone with a previous record of criminal activity will not be considered for acceptance. It does mean that we need to be able to consider your application with an awareness of any previous history that might or might not have an influence upon your subsequent ability to be accepted by a placement agency to complete the necessary trainee counselling element of the course.

    For further information please visit our DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE PAGE
  • ABC endorsed Diploma in Supervision
    ABC endorsed Diploma in Supervision

    Our Diploma in Supervision provides training in theoretical approaches and applications to enable the effective supervision of qualified Counsellors.

    All applicants will need to hold a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling and be BACP accredited or be ready to apply for accreditation.

    For further information please visit our DIPLOMA IN SUPERVISION PAGE
  • Overview of our Qualifications
    Overview of our qualifications

    The three levels of counselling training outlined above will enable a candidate to progress towards a professional counselling qualification. All of the three levels of our counselling training are accredited by ABC Awards a national awarding organisation providing qualifications regulated by Ofqual. Many professionals in related fields of work aim to achieve the Level 3 qualification to enhance their career development in their current occupation.
  • The core experience of our training programmes
    The core experience of our training programmes

    The skills that you will be learning are central to helping and counselling - they are also relevant to all forms of human relationship, whether personal or professional. Many of these skills are the basis of good communication and include awareness of body language, reflective listening, the judicious use of questions, problem clarification, challenge, feedback, etc. Some of the skills are closer to being values or basic human attitudes such as empathy, acceptance and authenticity - which need to be developed rather than learned.

    An important element of counselling courses, therefore, focuses on personal development and insight. This often leads to a degree of sharing and a quality of human contact that is unusual and quite precious. It is quite common for students to feel at the end of the course that it is this aspect that they have valued most.

    Academic ability and relevant prior qualifications are important but so to is a more general ability to make the learning personally and professionally meaningful. A training in counselling is unlike most other trainings in that it is more about process than content, more about the whole person than just intellectual functioning, more about relationship than skills and problem-solving, more about 'felt-meaning' than just cognitive understanding.

    It would seem to be a human tendency to polarise ideas and even parts of ourselves in a way that encourages exclusivity: either this or that.... therapeutic counselling is about helping to bring apparently irreconcilable opposites into some kind of relationship with each other.

    Perhaps the fundamental requirement to be an effective helper is an interest in, and capacity for relationship in all its complexity and shades of intensity. Additionally, it requires a genuine commitment to self-exploration and discovery, so that denied aspects of our-selves can be recognised and reclaimed, and thereby allowing for a fuller, more healthy way of relating both internally and externally.

    Do you:

    • Have an interest in training as a helper and perhaps later as a therapeutic counsellor?
    • Want to be able to use counselling skills effectively in your work or voluntary setting?
    • Want to improve your communication skills?
    • Want to learn more about people and relationships?
    • Want to develop greater confidence and self-awareness?
    • Feel prepared to risk something of your self in this process of learning and discovery?

    If you feel that you can relate to all of the above on a motivational, emotional and academic level then you may be ready to undertake a counselling training programme with us.

    Please download our document "What it might be like to train as a Therapeutic Counsellor", this also includes a helpful questionnaire to assist you in making your decision.
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