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Postgraduate Certificate Person-Centred Counselling Skills

Course Description


This part-time Certificate course provides students with an opportunity to acquire the practical experience and the theoretical understanding required to offer counselling skills in a person-centred style. The content will cover some of the recent developments within the CBT field including the use of mindfulness-based approaches.


Course members meet for a weekly class during term time only, with occasional extra weekend workshops. Sessions include theory workshops; structured and unstructured group work; skills practice; the use of audio/video recording with peer group and tutor feedback; written analysis and reflection. All areas will be assessed throughout the course using a variety of written and practical assignments and will involve self, peer and tutor assessment.


The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the top teacher training institutions in the United Kingdom. The School is a leading centre for research and teaching in education, offering a distinctive range of programmes at Postgraduate level with a diverse community of practitioners, scholars and academics who teach, research, and provide professional development.


This course is ideal for those with a wide range of interests around the helping profession including counsellors, substance misuse, advice and learning support workers. The course will help develop skills and understanding of the ways in which the cognitive behavioural approach can be used to enhance your work.

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate Person-Centred Counselling Skills page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!

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Arundhati Mukherjee

"The School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA is committed to developing educational researchers who produce innovative research in different fields of education."

(Student Profile)

Brian Thorne

“The initial Certificate courses at UEA have often proved to be life-changing events for participants. For many, too, they have been the vital first stage in a process which has led ultimately to qualification as a professional counsellor. I am proud to have been associated with these courses since their inception.” - Emeritus Professor


Entry Requirements

No previous degree is required to apply for this course. Applicants should demonstrate evidence of previous study of Counselling Skills, a good understanding of CBT theory and potential opportunities to develop counselling skills in a voluntary placement or a professional role during the course. Some experience of a helping role in which counselling skills are used would be advantageous.

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