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COSCA Counselling Skills Course


COSCA counselling skills

The Spark is validated by COSCA, Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy, to deliver the 4 Module (120 hours) COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills course. The Spark is a national relationship counselling charity and training organisation that has operated for over 50 years.

The COSCA Counselling Skills course represents the first step for those considering a career in counselling and provides a basic foundation in the principles of therapy.

The Spark is unique in only using professional counsellors to deliver the COSCA Counselling Skills course. All teaching and practical sessions are delivered by our own team of counsellors, offering trainees added insight into the profession.

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The Spark hosts COSCA Counselling Skills courses annually at various locations across Scotland.

Dates and location of next COSCA Counselling Skills course


Glasgow 2019/2020 COSCA Counselling Skills courses

The Spark is offering a daytime course in 2019/2020. Confirmation of the course is subject to meeting the minimum number of participants required by COSCA and viability will be assessed one month before the due start date. All dates will be confirmed at this time.

The daytime course will run from September 2019 until June 2020.

Review the proposed course dates and locations here.

Aberdeen 2019/2020 COSCA Counselling Skills course

The Spark is offering a daytime Aberdeen COSCA course in 2019/2020. The course is subject to meeting the minimum number of participants required by COSCA and viability will be assessed one month before the due start date. All dates will be confirmed at this time.

The course will run from August 2019 until June 2020.

Review the proposed course dates and location here.

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Who is the COSCA Counselling Skills course for?


The COSCA Counselling Skills course is suitable for anyone whose work performance would benefit from the use of enhanced listening skills within the workplace.

Previous participants on the course have come from nursing, healthcare, teaching, social work, law enforcement, social care, employability and human resources.

This course is an excellent first step for anyone interested in training as a counsellor. The COSCA Counselling Skills course is widely included by higher education establishments as part of their entry criteria for undergraduate qualifications in counselling.

Participants will develop particular skills and knowledge including:

  • Effective listening and people skills that will benefit personal and work relationships
  • Self-awareness and a better ability to reflect, enabling more effective interventions
  • Knowledge of the theory that validates the effectiveness of counselling skills
  • Understanding of the ethical framework required in all supporting relationships
  • A professional recognised qualification, providing 40 SCQF credits at SCQF level 8.

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What will participants learn?


Participation in the COSCA Counselling Skills course will provide students with the opportunity to develop the following:

  • Skills: communication skills are enhanced through experiential learning, building ability in active listening. Participants will become more attuned to the responses of others, noticing shifts in body language or changes in mood. Also learning how to subtly explore such changes, and understand when to use key skills.
  • Self-awareness: participants become more aware of their own responses and reactions and what drives these, helping to separate their interests from those of the person they are supporting.
  • Knowledge and ethics: the course covers the theory that underpins different counselling approaches, and the ethics required in any supportive relationship.

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Training dates and venues


The 4 modules are 30 hours each and are typically completed within 12 months. Participants are required to achieve 85% attendance per module.

2019/20 Glasgow COSCA Counselling Skills course

Daytime course

Module Dates Time Venue
1 14, 21 and 28 August 2019
4 and 11 September 2019
0915-1645 The Spark Training Centre
2 25 September 2019
2, 9, 16 and 23 October 2019
0915-1645 The Spark Training Centre
3 6, 13, 20 and 27 November 2019
4 December 2019
0915-1645 The Spark Training Centre
4 18 December 2019
15, 22 and 29 January 2020
0915-1645 The Spark Training Centre

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2019/20 Aberdeen COSCA Counselling Skills course

The 4 modules are 30 hours each and are typically completed within 12 months. Participants are required to achieve 85% attendance per module.

Module Dates Time Venue
1

23 and 30 August 2019

13 and 27 September 2019

25 October 2019

0915-1630 Aberdeen Community Health and Care Centre
2

15 and 29 November 2019

13 December 2019

10 and 24 January 2020

0915-1630 Aberdeen Community Health and Care Centre
3

7 and 21 February 2020

6 and 20 March 2020

3 April 2020

0915-1630 Aberdeen Community Health and Care Centre
4

24 April 2020

8 and 22 May 2020

5 and 19 June 2020

0915-1630 Aberdeen Community Health and Care Centre

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Course fees and how to book


Course fees are £245 per module (inclusive of handbook), payable in full prior to course start or in instalments by agreement. Course fees are VAT exempt.

To apply to join one of our courses, please download an application form and return to The Spark by email:

To find out more about the COSCA Counselling Skills course or our other training courses, please email our Training Team or call 0141 222 2166.

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COSCA Course framework


Please note: progression to Modules 2, 3 and 4 is by successful completion of the preceding module.

Module 1 – Beginnings

  • Concepts of Counselling and the use of Counselling Skills
  • Attending and Responding Skills
  • The Ethical Framework underpinning a counselling approach
  • Importance of Self-Awareness and Personal Growth

Module 2 – Exploration and Expansion

  • Beginnings, Middles and Endings
  • Theories of Loss and Change
  • Self-Awareness of Personal Motives and Values
  • Ethical Boundaries
  • Sexuality

Module 3 – Review and Reflection

  • The Context of Emotional and Cognitive Self-Reflection
  • Counselling perspectives of Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioural approaches
  • The nature of Power and Vulnerability
  • The characteristics of Past Experiences and Relationships
  • Spirituality

Module 4 – Integration

  • Gestalt Approach and the Humanistic/Existential Perspective
  • Transactional Analysis approach and the Humanistic and Psychodynamic perspectives
  • Exploration of Power and Vulnerability
  • Exploration of Belonging, Social Inclusion and
  • Social Exclusion
  • The effects of Stress
  • Professional Responsibilities appropriate to the counselling relationship

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Other courses and training


The Spark provides a wide range of courses and training programmes throughout the year. These range from our advanced counselling courses to introductory day courses in mental health first aid.

Find out more about training courses provided by The Spark in Scotland.

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