General Certificate  General Certificate in Online Counselling Skills (Module 1) Validated by CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awards Body)

Tutorial team includes: Gill Webb, Suzie Mosson, Maria O’Brien, Olivia Djouadi & Mieke Haveman  
Criteria for entry to this course: Recognised counselling or psychotherapy qualification (diploma level or equivalent). Computer with internet connection and email address.

Start Dates:

Start Date Group Meetings (compulsory) Hand in Date
10th January 201920th Jan
17th Feb
17th March
Course ends March 20th

Hand in date portfolio April 17th 2019

Start Date Group Meetings (compulsory) Hand in Date
7th February 2019 Compulsory teaching & learning sessions on 17 February, 17 March and 14 April 2019 probably in the early evening, dependant on time zones.
Course Ends 17th April

Portfolio hand in date:May 15th
Start Date Group Meetings (compulsory) Hand in Date
April 25th 2019May 5th
June 2nd
June 30th

Course ends Wednesday July 4th

Portfolio hand in date August 31st July 2019

Start Date Group Meetings (compulsory) Hand in Date
12th September 201922th September
20th October
17th November
18th December 2019

Learning Online to Counsel Online This Introductory Course is designed help counsellors and other therapists become familiar with the technology and relationship skills needed to counsel online. Much of the work is group-based. Relationships are made with other students and tutors who do not meet face to face during the Course. Course members learn how to create, sustain and end online working relationships by following a timetable of weekly assignments which introduce them to the online counselling environment. The entire Course is run online. All the work is carried out using the student’s own computer and internet connection – there are no face to face or telephone meetings but regular online meetings are held at pre-arranged times which course members are required to attend. Support and feedback is available for all course members from the tutors and there is also a free online student counselling service. On completion of the Course, students present required pieces of work for assessment by the tutors and they are encouraged to circulate them for other course members to read. Successful students will be awarded the General Certificate in Online Counselling Skills. It is anticipated that students will spend 8-10 hours a week on this Course. During weeks 2, 6 and 10, there are whole group meetings held usually on Skype. These take place on a Sunday usually in the late afternoon or early evening. Attendance at these meetings is a requirement of the course. We hold two Private Study weeks during the Course, to allow students to catch up with reading. Those who are not very technically proficient may need longer. This is a 10-week course of 65 guided learning hours. If you want to find out more you can have a look at the Brief Course Guide by clicking here.

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Feel free to watch these two videos. The one on the left tells you what the general is all about. In the one on the right former students tell about their experience of being an OLT student.


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