Esher College has been running a life skills and counselling programme since 1992.

The courses are accredited and validated by the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). CPCAB is the only Ofqual-approved awarding body specialising in counselling. The progression routes and size of these qualifications has taken into account professional counselling bodies’ requirements for the accreditation of counsellors. All courses are recognised by the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF) as approved Vocationally Related Qualifications.

The programmes are delivered in small, focused groups by registered, experienced tutors, who are also practitioners. Our candidates come from a wide variety of professional and employment backgrounds.

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CPCAB Level 3 Certificate Integrated Counselling & Life Coaching

​In line with current and future trends within the helping professions, this qualification includes a basic grounding in core counselling and core coaching models and  techniques but also, uniquely, offers a model of integration with a sound research evidence base-the Personal Consultancy model developed by Popovich and Jinks.This qualification is intended for learners wishing to integrate life coaching and counselling knowledge and skills in a variety of settings and roles to support people they work with to:
 Cope better with life's difficulties and challenges;
 Develop their self-confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness;
 Form, develop and maintain loving relationships;
 Meet the challenges and opportunities of their life stage;
 Make healthy life style changes.

The course is on Wednesday evenings 18.00 - 20.30 and runs for 31 weeks.

Course dates do not include half term/holidays, but includes SAturdays 14 Dec 19 & 28 Mar 20.

Fees may be paid in full on enrolment or by 3 instalments of £293, the first on enrolment, the second by 23 November 2019, and the final payment before 1 March 2020. If you would like to take advantage of our instalment plan, please contact the Adult Department on 020 8335 2544.

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CPCAB validated CPD one-day Workshops

​A series of 4 CPD Saturday Workshops - 09.00 - 15.00
CPD1:Introduction to Acceptance & Change Models will look at DBT & ACT evolving from CBT & include Mindfulness principles
CPD2: Incorporating a Life Coaching approach to your Counselling Practice will explore ways in which a life-coaching perspective and techniques can be incorporated into Counselling.
CPD3: Dealing with Anxiety. This course will look at some models and exercises that psychologists, counsellors, and life coaches have created, that you can experience yourself, and offer to potential clients. This course is suitable for trainees and practitioners in the helping professions, and anyone interested in this field.
CPD4: Suicide Prevention & First Aid will explore our attitudes to suicide & examine some perspectives on understanding some possible causes. Opportunities to practice some tested & evidence based practical strategies for helping people at risk.

CPD1: 12 Oct 19

CPD2: 18 Jan 20

CPD3: 8 Feb 20

CPD4:

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Level 2 Award in Effective Listening Skills

​This qualification benefits candidates who are interested in understanding other people and improving their personal and working relationships.

Effective Listening Skills will help you:

  • improve relationships within workplace teams
  • promote better community relations
  • improve work roles
  • improve communication
  • enhance personal relationships
  • enhance helping relationships

Entry Requirements

No previous training or experience required.

Methods of Assessment

Trainer-assessed candidate portfolio.

Independent verification by CPCAB

This course runs on 2 Saturdays at 9:00-15:00.

ELS1: 28 Sep & 19 Oct 2019

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Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

​This qualification is for candidates who:

  • Want to become competent in the use of counselling skills to help others – either in a voluntary or an employed situation;
  • Want to take the first step in training to be a counsellor – this course will not qualify candidates to become counselling practitioners, but will prepare them for the next level of practitioner training, and can provide credit as entry to other courses.

This qualification aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to a range of counselling skills. It provides understanding of the importance of using counselling within published ethical frameworks, such as those from the National Counselling Society (NCS), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The range of skills considered are applicable to a wide variety of helping and supporting roles.

Entry Requirements

No previous training or experience required.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is through production of a portfolio evidencing achievement of the 7 learning outcomes/goals, and 60 minute external written exam. Assessment date: 21 April 2020

This course runs on Tuesday nights at 18:00-20:30 and lasts for 30 weeks.

Course dates do not include half term/holidays.

Fees may be paid in full on enrolment or by 3 instalments of £285 the first on enrolment, the second by 23 November 2019, and the final payment before 1 March 2020. If you would like to take advantage of our instalment plan, please contact the Adult Department on 020 8335 2544.

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Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

​This qualification is for candidates who want to:

  • Take the next step in training to become a counsellor (having already acquired counselling skills).
  • Learn more about counselling theory and agency work.

This qualification will enable candidates to:

  • Prepare to work within an ethical framework.
  • Understand the counselling relationship.
  • Understand difference and diversity issues to develop empathic understanding.
  • Work within a user-centred approach to counselling.
  • Use counselling theory to develop self-awareness in counselling practice.
  • Understand theories of counselling and mental health.
  • Use feedback, reflection and supervision to support counselling studies.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have achieved a Level 2 qualification in counselling or a related subject, or equivalent.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is through production of a portfolio evidencing achievement of the 7 learning outcomes/goals, and 75 minute external written exam. Assessment date: 28 April 2020.

This course runs on Tuesdays at 18:00 - 20:30 and lasts for 30 weeks.

Course dates do not include half term/holidays.

Fees may be paid in full on enrolment or by 3 instalments of £293, the first on enrolment, the second by 23 November 2019, and the final payment before 1 March 2020. If you would like to take advantage of our instalment plan, please contact the Adult Department on 020 8335 2544.

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Life Coaching Diploma Level 4 CPCAB

This qualification is intended for candidates wishing to take on a formal life coaching role in order to support clients to:
• Reflect on themselves and work towards their life goals
• Develop their health, happiness and well-being
• Develop their relationships
• Engage with the challenges and opportunities of their life stage
• Use self-help resources and skills effectively

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is through production of a portfolio evidencing achievement of the 7 learning outcomes/goals, a learning journal, case study of skills, group presentation and external assessment of a 2500 – 3000 word structured case review. Candidates also need to have completed a minimum of 6 hours of personal life coaching and a minimum of 30 hours formally contracted life coaching.

On completion of the level 4 Diploma in Life Coaching you will be qualified to practise as a life coach. This qualification is also highly useful to professionals working in health, education and social care.

This course runs on Wednesday nights at 17.45 - 20.45 and lasts for 35 weeks. Tutors are available from 17.15 for tutorials/research.

Additional Costs: student must arrange 6 hours of personal life coaching and arrange 10 hours supervision at their own expense.

The introductory session will be on Saturday 21 September 2019 Additional Saturdays will be 23 Nov & 9 May. External assessment date: Wednesday 17 June 2020.
Course dates do not include half term/holidays.

Fees may be paid in full on enrolment or by 3 instalments of £589, the first on enrolment, the second by 23 November 2019, and the final payment before 1 March 2020. If you would like to take advantage of our instalment plan, please contact the Adult Department on 020 8335 2544.

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