COSCA certificate in counselling skills course
The COSCA Counselling Skills course represents the first step for those considering a career in counselling and provides a basic foundation in the principles of therapy.
The course starts on 23 January 2018, running until June 2018.
The Spark is validated by COSCA, Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy, to deliver the 4 Module (120 hours) COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills course.
Who is the COSCA Counselling Skills course for?
The COSCA Counselling Skills course is suitable for anyone whose work performance would benefit from the use of enhanced listening skills within the workplace.
Previous participants on the course having come from nursing, healthcare, teaching, social work, law enforcement, social care, employability and human resources.
This course is an excellent first step for anyone interested in training as a counsellor. The COSCA Counselling Skills course is widely included by higher education establishments as part of their entry criteria for undergraduate qualifications in counselling.
Participants will develop particular skills and knowledge including:
- Effective listening and people skills that will benefit personal and work relationships
- Self-awareness and a better ability to reflect, enabling more effective interventions
- Knowledge of the theory that validates the effectiveness of counselling skills
- Understanding of the ethical framework required in all supporting relationships
- A professional recognised qualification, providing 40 SCQF credits at SCQF level 8.
What will participants learn?
Participation on the COSCA Counselling Skills course will provide students with the opportunity to develop the following:
- Skills: communication skills are enhanced through experiential learning, building ability in active listening. Participants will become more attuned to the responses of others, noticing shifts in body language or changes in mood. Also learning how to subtly explore such changes, and understand when to use key skills.
- Self-awareness: participants become more aware of their own responses and reactions and what drives these, helping to separate their interests from those of the person they are supporting.
- Knowledge and ethics: the course covers the theory that underpins different counselling approaches, and the ethics required in any supportive relationship.
About the host
The Spark is a national relationship counselling charity and training organisation that has operated for over 50 years.
The Spark provides a wide-range of courses and training programmes throughout the year. These range from our advanced MSc qualifications in Relationship Counselling to introductory day courses in mental health first aid.