The CICS Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice is Year 1 of our Qualification Pathway 1. This course can be accessed in person or via Zoom, in line with our Course Access Policy.

It provides a foundation level training in therapeutic practice for applicants wanting to qualify as a sex and relationship therapist but who do not yet have a counselling qualification.

The Foundation course is equivalent to 300 Total Qualifying Hours, with 120 live Guided Learning Hours. Successful completion of the course results in the award of our COSRT Level 5 Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice and leads to access to Years 2 and 3 of Qualification Pathway 1, our Diploma in Clinical Sexology and Relationship Therapy programme.

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.

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Course Overview

The course comprises of 20 days of practice in pluralistic counselling skills over 10 live teaching weekends, supported by comprehensive home study materials and online modules, accessed via our e-learning platform.

Providing Therapy Online and The Impact of Racism on the Therapeutic Relationship are offered as online learning modules.

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 or work experience, 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 Assessment

Assessment comprises of evidence of understanding and personal reflection submissions for each module and two formal essays.


£2,950 in total, including VAT, for the full course and all materials. £500 non-refundable deposit followed by 10 monthly payments of £245 commencing 1st September.

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