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CPD Courses for Counsellors

ACCPH-Organisational-Member-Logo-SmallWe offer a range of continuing professional development courses for counsellors. The courses are accredited and designed for qualified counsellors. They are suitable for counsellors wishing to show evidence of continuing professional or personal development for accreditation purposes.

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Art Therapy Course

This course is for therapists, counsellors, and other mental health professionals who integrate some form of art making into their clinical work but who do not have formal training in this area. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to practical art therapy approaches, and also explores underlying theory and the history of art therapy.

Learn how to use art therapy effectively with clients.

By the end of the course students will:

  • have the skills and knowledge required to use art therapeutically in client work,
  • understand the underpinning theory and history of art therapy,
  • have the ability to support clients as they explore experience and feelings non-verbally through art, sculpture or other creative approaches,
  • have developed the skills required to facilitate art therapy groups,
  • have explored their own life experiences through an image journal (which each student maintains throughout the course).

This course is for therapists, counsellors, and other mental health professionals who integrate some form of art making into their clinical work but who do not have formal training in this area. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to practical art therapy approaches, and also explores underlying theory and the history of art therapy.
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Assertiveness Course

Everyday Assertiveness: Develop a More Assertive Style for Life and Work

  • Four easy-to-follow modules, and four assignments (26 hours of study).
  • Unlimited email support from your own, personal assertiveness coach, from the day you enrol.
  • CPD certificate, making a good addition to your cv,

Our unique 8 week program combines training with ongoing support from a personal assertiveness coach.If you find it difficult to make yourself heard at work or feel overlooked in your personal life this course is for you!

The activities and assignments throughout the course will help you to develop the confidence and skills you need to make a positive, lasting impression and achieve your goals. You will be supported throughout the course by an online assertiveness coach who you can contact by email at any time. Your coach will help you to maintain focus, put your new skills into practice, as well as identifying and challenging barriers to your new, more assertive relating style.

People who are assertive are more likely to be fulfilled in their work and their personal lives as they are not afraid to ask for what they want. This attitude also means that they are far more likely to fulfill their potential, both socially and at work. In turn, this leads to them being more satisfied with their lives and so more happy and at ease. They will not be as stressed as others since they have less to be stressed about and live healthier and happier lives.

Ben Franks 
Assertiveness Coach                 

Whether in the workplace or in our personal lives, assertiveness has a number of benefits. Not only does it allows us to build happier and more successful relationships but we are much more able to reach our goals and support others fully. In the workplace, assertiveness may make the difference between achieving a productive and supportive working environment or struggling with overwork, anxiety and lack of progression.

Dainow and Bailey (1988) describe assertiveness as the art of being confident and having clear, honest and direct communication, whilst respecting other people.

Underman Boggs (2003) identifies four components of assertive behaviour:

  1. Being able to say no.
  2. Asking for what you want.
  3. The ability to appropriately express thoughts and feelings.
  4. Being able to initiate, continue and terminate interaction.

Assertiveness is not about personality, scoring points, winning at the expense of others, or manipulating people - all of which are aggressive behaviours. Nor is it associated with inwardly being angry whilst doing nothing, or justifying and apologising - all of which can be seen as passive behaviours.Assertiveness is about acting positively, being open and honest, listening, expressing feelings and ideas and making decisions. Being assertive offers the potential to acquire feelings of control, increased confidence and improved self-esteem. However, it can often be a vicious circle - if we are lacking in confidence and self-esteem we may find it more difficult to be assertive.It is important to recognise that assertiveness is a learned behaviour and so, to be successful, it requires practice. It is also important to acknowledge that assertiveness does not mean always getting what one wants, and that there might be a need for compromise. One person's rights should not be protected at the expense of those of another.

Course Content

Study topics include: effective communication; confidence and assertiveness; self-limiting beliefs and negative self-talk cycles; congruence and rapport; work and assertiveness; body image; dealing with anger; how to say 'no' and mean it.

Module 1: Recognising and Understanding Communication Styles: passive, aggressive, passive-aggressive and assertive communication styles. What does your non-verbal communication say? Giving and receiving feedback. Exploring the origins of your relating style.

Module 2: Managing Your Stress Barrier: understand how stress may become a barrier to achieving your goals; explore effective methods of managing stress; explore the importance of strong relationship skills; learn how to use a range of assertiveness techniques; active listening.

Module 3: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: explore the importance of self-belief, learn about the beliefs that can help you to achieve success, explore the idea of a comfort zone, learn how to use affirmations effectively.

Module 4: A Whole Life Approach: explore key assertiveness skills, develop more strategies that allow you to change the way you think about problems, learn more about the holistic approach to well-being.

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6 x £48.33 - total cost £290.

Add Printed Notes

Your course material is delivered in a .pdf format directly to your inbox. You can then save the modules to your computer, so you can study when offline. You can also print your course material off if you wish.If you prefer, you can order a printed copy of the course notes from EGS. These are despatched in large, A4 binders and delivered by courier. The cost is £70 including courier fees.You will be offered the option to purchase a printed copy of the course notes after enrolment, but you can order them at any time during your course. This offer is only available to students currently enrolled on the course.

Therapeutic Writing Practice

Learn how to use writing therapy effectively with clients.

By the end of the course students will:

  • have the skills and knowledge required to use writing therapeutically in client work,
  • understand the underpinning theory and history of therapeutic writing,
  • have the ability to support clients in using expressive writing, poetry therapy, bibliotherapy, creative writing, journalling, narrative therapy, and other forms of therapeutic writing,
  • have developed the skills required to facilitate groupwork,
  • have explored their own life experiences through therapeutic writing.

The course includes 200 pages of information delivered straight to your inbox, and full tutorial support. The course is divided into four easy-to-follow study modules, and includes approximately 36 hours of study time. There are four tutor-marked assignments during the course, so you can begin to put your new skills into practice right away!

All of our tutors are experienced professional therapists. You can contact your tutor at any time by email and speak directly to a member of your support team between 9am – 9pm each day by instant chat. (UK time.) To access this service, simply click on the chat button in the bottom right of this screen.

Therapeutic writing is increasingly used by mental health professionals in their work with clients and patients. This course aims to prepare students to work effectively with writing and bibliotherapy in a therapeutic context. It explores underlying theory and research, as well as offering a comprehensive introduction to writing therapy in practice.

Students will also have the opportunity to explore some of their own experiences through writing. Students are required to keep a learning journal and practice reflective and reflexive writing, as well as developing their writing skills and their knowledge of relevant literature and practical client skills.

Course Outline

Module One: Introduction to Therapeutic Writing – defining therapeutic writing; forms of writing therapy; developing personal writing skills; exploring underpinning theory and research; key therapeutic and client skills; beginning a learning journal.

Module Two: Practical Activities and Personal Writing – exploring personal experience through writing; introducing practical exercises; planning therapeutic writing activities; the role of reflexive writing in therapist development.

Module Three: Exploring Forms of Therapeutic Writing - selecting creative interventions to suit client needs; practice and theory of: poetry therapy, bibliotherapy, expressive writing, creative writing as therapy, writing for film, comic strip conversations, blogging, and journalling.

Module Four: Facilitating Therapeutic Groups and Working with Online Clients – understanding and assessing client needs – individual clients, children and young people as clients, client couples. client groups; working with client groups; facilitating online writing therapy; writing for the computer screen.

Assessment

At the end of each module is a tutor-marked assignment, which students complete and submit to their personal tutor. Each assignment includes a series of short – medium questions on theory and practice, plus a writing activity. The final certificate is awarded on successfully passing all four assignments.

Qualification

  • Continuing Professional Development Certificate in Therapeutic Writing Practice

Book Now - £365

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Enrol via Instalments x 6

6 x £60.83 - total cost £365.

Add Printed Notes

Your course material is delivered in a .pdf format directly to your inbox. You can then save the modules to your computer, so you can study when offline. You can also print your course material off if you wish.

If you prefer, you can order a printed copy of the course notes from EGS. These are despatched in large, A4 binders and delivered by courier. The cost is £60 including courier fees.

You will be offered the option to purchase a printed copy of the course notes after enrolment, but you can order them at any time during your course. This offer is only available to students currently enrolled on the course.

Advanced Coach Training

The Coach Training Centre offers a range of specialist courses in coaching, NLP and related areas. All training courses are accredited and include expert tuition. The Coach Training Centre is an organisational member of the Association for Coaching.Continue reading

Introduction to Horticultural Therapy

This is an in-depth online course providing a comprehensive introduction to horticultural therapy.

This 6 module course provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of horticultural therapy, including many practical ideas and suggestions. The course explores the social and emotional aspects of gardening, and the design of healing and sensory outdoor spaces.

Subjects covered include: principles of horticultural therapy; treatment planning; designing a horticultural therapy space; sensory garden design; the healing garden, managing therapy sessions; finding resources and support; and understanding mental health.

The course includes all required study material and full tutorial support from your expert personal tutor.

The course is an ideal introduction to horticultural therapy techniques for students who would like to use them in their day-to-day work, as well as a good foundation for further study in this area.

On successful completion of the course students are awarded an Edinburgh Garden School certificate of Course Completion. Edinburgh Garden School is part of accredited training provider Borders Connect, and registered as a training provider with the Online Learning Council.

Our course is composed of 6 easy-to-follow modules and 6 tutor-marked assignments. It includes approximately 36 hours of study time.

Qualification

  • Introduction to Horticultural Therapy Certificate

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Enrol via Instalments x 6

6 x £37.50- total cost £225.

Add Printed Notes

Your course material is delivered in a .pdf format directly to your inbox. You can then save the modules to your computer, so you can study when offline. You can also print your course material off if you wish.

If you prefer, you can order a printed copy of the course notes from EGS. These are despatched in large, A4 binders and delivered by courier. The cost is £60 including courier fees.

You will be offered the option to purchase a printed copy of the course notes after enrolment, but you can order them at any time during your course. This offer is only available to students currently enrolled on the course.

Practical Counselling Skills for Schools

This course introduces a range of counselling skills that may be beneficial in an education setting. It is ideal for teachers, lecturers and support staff who would like to develop a clearer understanding of counselling skills. More and more education staff are being called upon to play a counselling role, supporting pupils who are preoccupied, anxious or distressed. This course is designed to give you the confidence and skills to support such children effectively.

It includes a comprehensive introduction to the core counselling skills, taking a child-centred approach, and also includes specific guidelines on working step-by-step through a counselling session. The course ends by introducing additional ideas and techniques drawn from cognitive behavioural counselling that are most relevant to the school or college context.

The course includes four informative modules and two tutor-marked assignments to check your understanding. All tutors are qualified counsellors and have experience in educational settings too.Study topics include: active listening; interpreting body language; beginnings and endings; challenges of counselling children and young people; understanding extreme emotions, lessons from CBT.

Students have up to twelve months to complete this course, allowing them to work through the modules at their own pace. On successful completion of the course students are awarded a certificate of course completion.

Why Choose Us?

Our courses are updated frequently to ensure they include the latest research, idea and techniques.Our tutorial support is second-to-none. When you enrol on the course you are assigned an experienced personal tutor who will work with you all the way through. Tutors are available by e-mail at any time to offer support, advice or if you would just like a chat about how the course is going - including weekends, bank holidays and evenings! We see this level of support as central to the success of our courses. If you would prefer to chat to your tutor you can arrange a call back through the main office at a mutually convenient time.

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Qualification

  • Certificate in Practical Counselling Skills

Counselling Children

This is an advanced course for professionals in education or counselling. It is suited to child care practitioners who find themselves working with children in a counselling or support context. It is also designed to meet the needs of experienced counsellors who require CPD training in this specialised area.

It has been written by professionals and experts in their field, and as such is based on practical experience, up-to-date research and a strong theoretical foundation.A comprehensive introduction to working effectively and therapeutically with children up to 12 years. Study topics include: the child-counsellor relationship; theoretical and practical foundations; child counselling skills and approaches; play therapy; self-esteem building; social skills; developing protective behaviours.

Course Outline

Module 1: Counselling Children: An Introduction

Module 2: Children and Families

Module 3: Understanding Children's Problems

Module 4: Counselling Through Play Therapy

Students have up to 12 months to complete this course, allowing them to work through the modules at their own pace. On average, however, it takes students around 10 months to complete the course, based on 3 - 4 hours study time per week.

Qualification

CPD Certificate in Counselling Children

Children and Stress

Many children experience high levels of stress at some stage during their childhood. Stress may be caused by family problems, social or peer issues such as bullying, or school pressures, such as preparing for tests and exams.

Overtime high levels of stress can lead to anxiety and emotional difficulties. Children vary in their ability to cope with stress, but all children can be supported in developing more effective stress management strategies and greater resilience. This course provides a practical guide for teachers and education staff supporting children and young people who are experiencing stress.All tutors are experienced therapists who have training and experience in working with children.

Advanced Counselling Skills

This course is designed for education staff who already have some training in counselling skills, or have completed our Practical Counselling Skills course. It explores a wide range of counselling approaches that may be helpful in an educational setting with a focus on practical strategies and techniques.The course includes four informative modules and two tutor-marked assignments to check your understanding. All tutors are qualified counsellors and have experience in educational settings too.