The CICS Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice provides a foundation level training in therapeutic practice for health professionals and graduate level educated applicants who are either:

The Foundation Certificate course can be completed as a stand-alone certificate level counselling training or as an access programme for the CICS two year, COSRT approved Diploma in Clinical Sexology.

The therapeutic theoretical orientation of the course is “pluralism”. Pluralism is an emerging way of thinking about therapy, based on the fundamental assumption that no one therapeutic approach has the monopoly on understanding the causes of distress or on the most helpful therapeutic responses. Instead, it suggests that different clients are likely to want, and benefit from, different things in therapy.  We teach a range of contemporary approaches to therapy, to best serve each unique client, whilst maintaining the centrality of the client, relational working and the therapeutic alliance to all counselling and psychotherapy work.

Course Overview

The course provides 20 days of face to face training in pluralistic counselling skills and practice over 10 weekends. The course is supported by a comprehensive home study manual, allowing the focus of the teaching days to be on the practice and application of therapeutic skills.

Entry Requirements

To apply for the CICS Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice course you must have a degree or equivalent level of training in one of the following subjects:

  1. Psychology
  2. Nursing
  3. Medical Doctor
  4. Social Work
  5. Teaching
  6. Life Coach
  7. Sexual Health Advisor
  8. Sex Educator

If you do not have an eligible degree but feel you work in a relevant field and have demonstrated an aptitude for counselling skills, please submit an application and we will give it due consideration.

Students are required to undertake personal therapy with a UKCP, BACP or COSRT accredited therapist for a total of 20 hours whilst attending the course.

Course Assesment

Assessment comprises of two essays, one academic and one reflective piece.


£2,200 for the full course. £300 non-refundable deposit followed by 10 monthly payments of £190.

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