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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.

On this page you will discover:

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

Dates and location of COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills Course


Glasgow 2020/2021 COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills course

This course is running from August 2020 until February 2021.

Aberdeen 2020/2021 COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills course

This course has been postponed indefinitely.

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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.

2020/21 Glasgow COSCA Counselling Skills course

Course dates and times

ModuleDatesTimeVenue
126 Aug 2020
2, 9, 16 and 23 Sep 2020
0915-1645
0915-1645
The Spark Training Centre
27,14, 21 and 28 Oct 2020
4 Nov 2020
0915-1645
0915-1645
The Spark Training Centre
318 and 25 Nov 2020
2, 9 and 16 Dec 2020
0915-1645
0915-1645
The Spark Training Centre
413, 20 and 27 Jan 2021
3 and 10 Feb 2021
0915-1645
0915-1645
The Spark Training Centre

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2020/21 Aberdeen COSCA Counselling Skills course

Course dates and times

ModuleDatesTimeVenue
126 August 2020
2, 9, 16 and 23 September 2020
0915-1645
0915-1645
Postponed
27, 14, 21 and 28 October 2020
4 November 2020
0915-1645
0915-1645
Postponed
318 and 25 November 2020
2, 9 and 16 December 2020
0915-1645
0915-1645
Postponed
413, 20 and 27 January 2021
3 and 10 February 2021
0915-1645
0915-1645
Postponed

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2020 Glasgow COSCA Counselling Skills course

Please note this course is now running and is closed to applications.

ModuleDatesTimeVenue
15, 12, 19, and 26 Feb 2020
4 March 2020
0915-1645The Spark Training Centre
218 and 25 March 2020
1, 8 and 15 April 2020
0915-1645The Spark Training Centre
 29 April 2020
6, 13, 20 and 27 May 2020
0915-1645The Spark Training Centre
410, 17 and 24 June 2020
1 and 8 July 2020
0915-1645The Spark Training Centre

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Course fees and how to book


Course fees are £265 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 email for a COSCA Counselling Skills booking form.

To find out more about the COSCA Counselling Skills course or our other training courses, please email our 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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