Counselling skills courses

Counselling skills courses are to be run again at Banchory Academy.

The University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Lifelong Learning has run the popular course in various locations in Aberdeenshire for several years.

In response to a high level of interest, it is to run the course at the academy, from September 11.

The class will run from 6.30pm to 9pm for 12 weeks, with a break for the October holidays.

These courses are open to anyone with an interest in improving their communication skills. This course is especially relevant to anyone who works with people particularly in a helping relationship but is equally valuable to anyone who wants to use it for their own personal development.

The course will help participants to be aware of their own impact on other people and how to get the best out of face-to-face communication.

The course does not have any entry requirements and successful completion of module 1, one evening a week over 12 weeks from September to December, will give 15 credits at degree level 1. Participants can then choose to go on to complete all four modules of the COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate.

For some people, this might also be an opportunity to return to study or think about studying for a degree by part time or distance learning,

For more information and an application form, visit: or call Barbara Foad, counselling skills programme co-ordinator on (01224) 272445.