Counselling and mental health

What and where you can learn, how much the courses cost and how you can book them.

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What can I learn?

Develop your own counselling skills to help others either in work or in a voluntary capacity. We deliver a range of counselling and mental health courses including some courses that lead to a qualification. Courses run at different times throughout the year and some of the courses that are on offer are listed below. 

To find out what's on offer right now please search for courses local to you on our Course finder or Contact your local centre.


Introduction to counselling

Do you need counselling training or need to use counselling skills in your current job? This introduction to counselling course provides basic information in counselling skills and the opportunity to find out about the role of a counsellor. You will receive training in counselling skills for use in a variety of work and personal situations. You can progress to our level 2 and level 3 counselling courses.

Counselling skills level 2 award

This course is for those who would like to develop the knowledge and skills needed to use counselling skills in either a work or a personal capacity. It will be particularly useful if you are interested in furthering your study, widening your work role or wanting to complement other areas of study (e.g. health and social care, children’s care, learning and development, voluntary and community work). This qualification does not qualify learners to practice as a counsellor and you should have a level 1 counselling qualification before embarking on this course.

Counselling skills level 3 diploma

This qualification aims to provide you with a more in-depth knowledge of the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work. You will develop your counselling skills and your understanding of the different approaches involved; helping you to appreciate the importance of self-development. This qualification does not qualify you to practice as a counsellor but, if you are thinking of a career change, it will give you the opportunity to learn more about the theory and ethics and help you to make choices about further employment and training options. Learners must hold a counselling skills level 2 certificate and attend an interview prior to enrolment.

Award in mental health awareness

This qualification is for you if you already work within the voluntary or community sector, would like to gain employment within this area, or are just interested in gaining further knowledge on the subject. Figures indicate that around one in four adults in the UK will be diagnosed with mental ill health at some point in their lives; this means that most people will have firsthand knowledge of this issue, either personally or through someone they know. The course will help to raise your awareness of mental health issues, explore ways of challenging the often negative perceptions of this problem and look at positive ways of offering support and advice.

Health and wellbeing courses

We offer a range of courses to help people to make new friends, increase self-confidence and take up new hobbies and other interests. Our range of health and wellbeing courses are designed to help people to live a better life and to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing. See our health and wellbeing page for more information.

Take a look at all counselling courses currently on offer

Where can I learn?

There are four main adult learning centres around the East Riding and many of our courses are taught in these centres. For more information on the venues, please see the Where to find us page.

How much do courses cost?

Course costs vary, depending on the duration and type of course, and your personal circumstances (for example, if you’re on certain benefits or you’re taking a particular qualification). For more information on course types, concessions and paying by installments, please see our Financial help and additional support page.

How do I find and book on a course?

You can use our Course finder to search for courses by title, subject or location.  

You can also contact your nearest Adult learning centre where our friendly staff will be happy to give you more information about courses that interest you.

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