Integrated Counselling Skills

An Overview

This training has been designed by Elaine Caswell and is delivered in collaboration with Long Valley Training. It acts as an entry point into the world of Counselling skills and theory and is suitable for all; no prior experience is necessary. The course provides a gentle introduction to key skills and basic theory and it is a requirement for those wanting to progress onto our more advanced training.

The programme integrates what would normally be two separate courses (level 2 and 3) and delivers it in a single, level 3 equivalent package. This reduces repetition and lowers the overall tuition fees making it more accessible.

*Late applicants accepted*

Want to ‘test the water’?

We offer an early exit award  that is equivalent to a level 2 and so if you decide that the training doesn’t feel right, you can end in December, you would pay a significantly lower fee and still receive recognition for your efforts. However, if you end early, you will not be able to enrol on the core training diploma.

Important: This is entry-level training and is  not a route to PSA registration. In order to be considered ‘qualified’, you must complete the Advanced Diploma in Counselling  or its equivalent.

What to Expect

The taught element of this programme is delivered over a single academic year, and it is written at a level 3 equivalent. As the entry point for Counsellor training, it provides an excellent opportunity to get a feel for the profession incorporating a mix of theory, personal development and listening skills practice.

Whether you intend to continue on to the qualifying diploma level course, or simply want to expand your resume with some highly transferable skills, this programme is the perfect place to be.

  • The programme consists of 144 taught hours, delivered over 36 weeks (90% minimum attendance requirement)
  • 40 hours of self directed study (reading, journals and assignment writing)
  • Small, intimate groups of between 6 – 8 students
  • The minimum age is eighteen, however, our recommendation is that you are at least twenty four. This is to ensure that you have opportunities for progression, and should you choose to continue training, you will have an easier time securing a placement; if you would like to have a chat about this, feel free to get in touch.

Subject Areas Covered

  • 1: Understand the context of counselling
  • 2: Understand the skills of counselling (practical)
  • 3: Theoretical understanding of counselling
  • 4: Reflecting upon personal and professional development

How your are Assessed

As with all of our training programmes, we use a number of different assessment methods, selecting the best format depending on the unit being taught; on this programme, you can expect:

  • Written assignments (set at level 3, which is the same as A levels)
  • Practical observations (for skills work)
  • A variety of formative assessments built-in to ensure that you’re on the right track!

Fee Breakdown

Early exit (one term only): £390


Full course (three terms): £1,795 including all tuition and assessment fees

Note: A non-refundable deposit of £179.50 is required to secure your place.

A payment plan is available on request

Available intake dates/times

September 2023 intake:

VENUE 1: Sandgate High Street, Sandgate– Running on Saturdays between 09:00 – 13:00 (term time only)



Additional Considerations

Being our introductory course, there aren’t a huge number of costs to consider, however, we would encourage to to factor in:

Reading material costs

Travel related costs


Successful completion of this programme will allow you to apply* for the following training opportunities:

* Entry to the Adv. Diploma is subject to successful completion of the introductory training (or its equivalent) in addition to a suitability interview

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