Short Courses & Specialist Courses

Introduction to Counselling Skills Course

For anyone working or volunteering in the helping professions.
10 weeks part-time 
One evening a week 
Next course starting 25 September 2019
Course fee: £250 (£50 non-returnable deposit)

This course is for you if you:

work in one of the caring or helping professions
want to develop your confidence and improve your skills
want to improve your listening skills
want to improve your communication skills
are considering further training in counselling

Please fill in the application form which can be downloaded to the right. To apply please complete our application form and return it with your £50 non-returnable deposit to reserve your place).

Certificate in the Study of the Couple Relationship – in partnership with Tavistock Relationships

This course provides an understanding of psychoanalytic theory and technique as they relate to the adult couple relationship and provides participants with an opportunity to
think about how to apply this to their own clinical material.

What the course covers
Shared Unconscious Relationship and Couple Fit
The Couple in Mind
Sex/Sexualities/Oedipal Issues
Psychosexual Therapy
Unconscious Phantasy and Unconscious Beliefs 
The Couple Relationship and Containment

Course Components

• Presentations
• Seminar discussions
• Clinical seminars and case discussion – each participant will have an opportunity to present some

detailed clinical material which will be used to develop understanding of the psychoanalytic concepts
related to unconscious couple processes.

Course dates and times:

Saturdays 11am – 5pm.

19th May 2018, 23rd June, 21st July, 22nd September, 20th October, 17th November, 15th December. 
Fee: £980.

To apply please click on the link below:

or contact:

E: T: 020 7380 8288
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Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy / The Bridge Foundation – CPD Post-Graduate Diploma: Psychodynamic Approaches to Counselling Children and Young People in Educational and Community Settings



Course Dates – to be confirmed

The course will be held in Bristol on 12 Saturdays with an introductory ½ day induction and 12 study days.

Who is the course helpful for?

. Experienced school/FE/young persons’ counsellors seeking to develop their practice and update their knowledge

. Less experienced school/FE /young persons’ counsellors wanting to improve their skills and to develop their counselling practice.

. Graduate counsellors looking to take on work as a school/FE counsellor/young persons’ counsellor.

Fees and Application

Cost: £1,500 per annum (monthly payment option). Excludes cost of clinical supervision.

see Wessex Counselling & Psychotherapy website ( to download an application form.

The Course

Delivered over thirteen Saturday’s per annum in Bristol, the course focusses on psychodynamic approaches to therapy with children and young people, developmental and neuroscience theory. A work discussion group and process group run alongside individual supervision of your work/placement which can be arranged locally with an approved supervisor. The course is taught by highly experienced and qualified staff within the field.

Participants will be assessed on attendance, participation and engagement in the Programme alongside three written submissions throughout the year at post-graduate level.

You will be required to complete a minimum of 60 hours client work with children or young people in a school/FE college or other institutional setting. If you do not already work in a paid or unpaid capacity with children or young people, we may be able to provide some support in finding a placement.


Applicants must hold a recognised Diploma in Counselling or a Psychotherapy qualification. Your Diploma does not need to be in Psychodynamic Counselling but you will find it helpful to have a basic grounding or knowledge of psychodynamic theory. It is anticipated that applicants will already be working with children/young people or attempting to find paid or unpaid work as counsellors with this client group.

Study: All the study days will take place in Bristol at the Bridge Foundation on Saturdays

Tutorials: Each student can expect to have two tutorials during the 12 day study experience with a named tutor.

Please click here for an application form.

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