Last updated 26 July, 2019

Rowan Counselling Skills Certificate

  Live Interactive Online Instructor Led Training

Rowan Certificate in Counselling Skills

The Rowan Certificate in Counselling Skills, validated by COSCA, is for anybody who wants to improve their understanding of other people as well as themselves. You will learn to:

  • support others by developing practical listening skills

  • increase your self-awareness

  • build rapport with others

The course is useful and practical, whether you are a sales person, parent, manager, a professional/volunteer carer or helper.

This online training will use Zoom, reliable and good quality free software, for holding live online meetings. You will be able to see and interact with fellow participants throughout the sessions and split off into breakout rooms for skills practice and small group discussions.

Dates and Times
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Certificate in Counselling Skills
Open Evenings

Mon 9th Sept, 7pm - 8pm
Mon 11th Nov, 7pm - 8pm

Induction Evening Mon 2nd Dec, 6pm - 7pm
Module 1 starts Mon 13th Jan 2020, 6 - 9pm
Module 4 ends Mon 8th Mar 2021, 6 - 9pm

NB: the open evenings and induction sessions will be both be held on Zoom. Login to at least a day beforehand to download the software. On the evening itself join us in meeting room ID 2018012031

The open evenings are for anyone considering applying for the online COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills. You will meet the trainers, learn more about the course and ask any questions. It also gives you a chance to experience the online Zoom environment.

The induction evening is for students who have been accepted onto the course. It's a chance to meet your fellow students, your trainers and to practice using the Zoom environment before we start embarking on course content. If you cannot attend this evening, we ask you to book an alternative time to meet one of the tutors on Zoom.

Online Module Dates

The COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills consists of 4 Modules at SCQF Level 8, each 30 hours of online training time, covering 12 Units over 10 evenings.

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Certificate in Counselling Skills
Duration 10 evenings 6pm - 9pm Booking Forms and full dates

Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4

starts 13th January 2020
starts 20th April 2020
starts 7th September 2020
starts 11th January 2021


from 325 + VAT per module

What does the course involve?

The course involves three main strands:

You'll learn and understand the concepts of counselling and counselling skills, find out more about ethics and learn how to listen to and support others.
You'll put into practice what you've learned, such as active listening skills, the use of body language, and speaking effectively while others listen.
You'll take part in insightful exercises to better understand yourself and how others perceive you.

This course is credit rated at 40 SCQF points at Level 8 by Edinburgh Napier University. Trainees need to demonstrate competence in the learning outcomes of each module before proceeding to the next module. This assessment is made by the submission of a written assignment and through the trainee's skills being observed by a trainer.

Feedback about the Counselling Skills course " Very high impact. At first I struggled to see the relevance but as the course progressed it was really worthwhile. I learned new skills and believe that I have emerged as a more capable effective worker.Well delivered course. I learned a great deal about myself and how I work with young people. "

Carie Taylor-Burns, Xplore Project, Dundee

" Staff have found the range of courses provided by Rowan useful and the COSCA modules very useful in boosting worker confidence to handle sensitive issues in the care settings they work in. I am delighted that the certificate is now credit rated within the SCQF, which gives us, as employers, a level for the purpose of gauging staff competencies. "

Karl Stern
Learning and Organisational Development Manager, Housing and Community Care,
Perth and Kinross Council

The Trainers
Rachel Weiss Portrait

Rachel Weiss is the Senior Partner at Rowan Consultancy. After leaving university she trained as a secondary school teacher and developed an interest in talking therapies. Rachel obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Supervision and started Rowan. As well as decades of experience in training at Rowan, Rachel was an associate lecturer with the Open University where she gained many years of live online training experience. She is an accredited member of the Higher Education Academy, an experienced mediator and an accredited coach.

Sue Black Portrait

Sue Black has an Masters Degree in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred counselling. She is a qualified supervisor with several years’ experience and has been delivering training in counselling for a number of years, at certificate and diploma level. Sue enjoys working experientially in order to provide an interesting learning environment for those with whom she works.

Register Now

The COSCA Rowan Certificate in Counselling Skills isn't just about improving your listening skills. It's a journey of self-discovery too. Face the challenge and book today. Alternatively, if you need more information, give Rowan a call today on 01738 562 005 to speak to one of the trainers.

Rowan Consultancy, 4 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5EN. +44(0)1738 562005