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COSCA Counselling Skills

The COSCA Counselling Skills course is a general introduction to counselling course. This course is aimed at individuals working or volunteering in a helping role but is also a useful starting point for anyone wishing to pursue a career in counselling or psychotherapy. The course uses experiential learning, where students learn and practice their new skills in groups of three or more.

Course Information

What will each module focus on?

Modules 1 and 2 will focus on listening and responding skills and seek to develop the participant’s self awareness. The modules are practice based and provide an introduction to the core conditions which underpin the major counselling approaches.

Modules 3 and 4 will introduce the main counselling approaches and present ethical issues and dilemmas within counselling.  Learning is still practice based and Module 4 integrates all the learning of skills, knowledge and self-awareness.

Module 5 is a new course aimed at those who have already completed the COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate Course.  The overall format and layout is similar to that of the Certificate course. In particular the course will:

  • Further develop the counselling skills of those who have completed the COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate Course (or equivalent) provide opportunities for participants to reconnect with their previous learning and experience
  • Help participants to up-date their practice and understanding assist participants to further deepen and develop their knowledge and use of counselling skills.

You must complete modules 1-4 to receive the certificate.

How long will it take?

Each module lasts approx 30 hours of study.

How much will it cost?

We are offering the course at a discounted price of £850. (usual price £1000) This includes a FREE advanced Alcohol Awareness module.

Can I get help with course fees?

*We are in the process of applying for ILA & SAAS funding.

The course is credited with 40 credits at SCQF Level 7 and as such may be eligible for a Part- Time Fee Grant. You can apply to SASS directly. Visit to apply and find out more information about eligibility.

ILA can provide £200 towards the cost of training. You can apply to ILA directly. Visit to apply and find out more information.

Where does the training take place?

We have a purpose built training room at our Main Office, 14 North Claremont Street, Glasgow. It may be possible to run the course in other venues, please contact Neil MacCauley on 0141 353 1800 or email for more information.

When does the next course run?

cosca days

cosca evenings

The COSCA Counselling Skills course (module 1) will run again 8th September (Daytimes) and 23rd September (Evenings).
(Early enrolment is advisable as these courses are extremely popular. Please contact Neil Macauley on 0141 353 1800 or email for more information.)

How do I apply?

You can download a booking form here.

Please note that bookings are made on a ’first come first served’ basis.



Contact Us

Glasgow Council on Alcohol (GCA)
14 North Claremont Street
G3 7LE
Tel 0141 353 1800

Course Booking Form


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