Online Counselling

This is a focused, professional training course in online counselling, including practical experience of working with real online clients.

The Internet is an increasingly important route for providing advice and support – it is the place many people turn to first for help. This 6-module home study course explores the explosion in Online Counselling, and the skills required to provide effective distance support. This course is designed for qualified counsellors who have already completed their counselling diploma and would now like to develop the online side of their practice.

Subjects covered include: Communicating on the Internet – IM, chat, e-mail, websites, videoconferencing, and more; ethical and legal consideration; online counselling skills; online counselling groups; technical aspects; security and confidentiality; cultural issues in online counselling; business aspects of the online counselling service, including setting up a website, marketing your practice, finding clients and building an online reputation.

The course fee includes all required course material and full tutorial support. Students have up to 12 months to complete this course, allowing them to work through the modules at their own pace. The course includes 135 hours of study. On average, it takes students around 6 – 8 months to complete the course, based on 4 – 5 hours study time per week.

Before undertaking practical work students must first successfully pass 3-course assignments. They should also have a Diploma in Counselling or equivalent, as a minimum, and some face-to-face counselling experience. Our tutorial team can offer further advice on suitable qualifications or other requirements, so please get in touch if you are not sure.

As noted, this course assumes some knowledge of face-to-face counselling and is ideal for counsellors who would like to transfer their existing face-to-face skills to online communication.

Why Choose Us?

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 and instant chat 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.

All courses are despatched by courier.


  • CPD Certificate in Online Counselling

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Winter offer, extended until 29th February, just £160!

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Borders Connect is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. We are accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council and registered as providers with the Learning Skills Council.