Abertay Uni counselling training in town

The UNIVERSITY of Abertay Dundee offers a range of opportunities to develop skills and competence in the area of counselling.

All its courses are supported by a team of full-time and part-time tutors who are experienced in working with a broad spectrum of client groups and problems.

The student experience is enhanced by access to excellent library facilities and purpose-built training rooms.

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills (validated by COSCA – Counselling in Scotland) runs over a year, with attendance on one half-day per week (morning, afternoon or evening), with occasional Saturdays. This course is designed to meet the training needs of anyone whose job includes counselling, as well as providing the first step towards training as an accredited professional counsellor.

The Certificate programme has been run successfully for several years by Julia McLeod, author of ‘Counselling skills: a practical guide for counsellors and helping professionals’ (Open University Press). Participants have include people with a wide variety of backgrounds and work experience – community work, nursing, teaching, social work, clergy, emergency services, human resources and medicine. The learning experience is enjoyable, stimulating and challenging, within a supportive environment.

From September the Abertay Certificate in Counselling Skills will be available in Montrose, with classes on Mondays, 10am to 1pm. Students will have access to Abertay facilities, including on-line library provision.

The majority of people who complete the Certificate in Counselling Skills do so to enhance their capacity to respond to the emotional needs of clients and service users within their current job.

The two-year part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling programme at Abertay, validated by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, offers training in a flexible, pluralistic approach to counselling, for those seeking a formal professional qualification in this field. The Abertay Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) provides specialist training in this increasingly important approach to therapy. There is also a programme of one and two-day Continuing Professional Development workshops that are open to anyone with an interest in counselling.

Further information can be obtained from the Division of Nursing and Counselling, University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee, DD1 1HG: 01382 308722; e-mail: l.jeffrey@abertay.ac.uk. For further details: www.abertay.ac.uk