Professional Development Courses in London

Special circumstances can require specialist training. Further your knowledge and understanding with these helpful classes that focus on specific, often demanding topics and aspects of therapy.  From working with autism to dealing with addiction, learn how to provide effective counselling in the face of complicated and testing situations, acquiring new skills, knowledge and approaches to use in your professional work.

Who are these courses for?

Due to the specialist nature of our professional development programme, these CPD courses are only open to trained counsellors, counselling trainees studying at Level 4 or above, or employed helping professional such as nurses and healthcare workers. 

If you would like to discuss your suitability for our CPD courses please do not hesitate to call us on 020 7492 2530 (Monday-Friday between 9am-4pm) or email us at counselling@citylit.ac.uk.

If you are not a professional or you are at an early stage in your counselling training (below, or at the start of level 4), we have a range of courses for a more general audience, exploring themes related to counselling, mental health and psychology.  Please visit our general counselling course page to view our wider programme.

Choosing your course

Courses at City Lit are designed to facilitate part-time adult learning. Courses run daytimes, evenings and weekends, at our main site on Keeley Street in Covent Garden, which is easily accessible via the tube or bus.

BACP Membership tutors

Our tutors are qualified and practising psychotherapists and counsellors with extensive experience, and members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. So, in addition to providing you with top quality counselling tuition, you can also benefit from their working knowledge of counselling practise.

Got a question? Contact our counselling team on 020 7492 2530 (Monday-Friday, between 9am–4pm) or email counselling@citylit.ac.uk.

  1. Working with Eating Disorders and Self-Harm in Private Practice

    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is designed for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists already in private practice or planning to set up a practice in order to help practitioners identify clients who may be at risk and to develop specialist skills and knowledge. The course will cover theoretical and medical approaches to understanding possible causes and methods of treatment for these problems as well as providing an integrative structure for working safely and effectively with eating disorders and self-harm in private practice. Students will also learn to distinguish between clients at serious risk who need to be referred on for care with a specialist multidisciplinary team and those who can benefit from individual or group work in private practice.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £108.00

  2. The role of attachment in counselling

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Early relationships play a key role in how we relate to others for the rest of our lives. Discover how attachment theory helps us to understand individual patterns of relating for client and counsellor and the impact on the counselling relationship . This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees. It is not aimed at people seeking help for the specific course subjects.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Group facilitation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 10 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills in leading groups through this exploration of facilitator styles, group roles, interventions, stages of group development and hidden dynamics. Experiential and theory based. This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  4. Working therapeutically with masks

    Course Date: Mon 18 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore your inner self, thoughts and feelings through mask creation and expression. Unveil and work with hidden aspects of yourself to help you attract more of what you desire and become more authentic in your relationships.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Working with couples: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This unique CPD opportunity is aimed at therapists, relationship coaches, helping professional and trainees who wish to understand the challenge of relationship work. It will benefit you, your client group and prepare you for further training.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £47.00

  6. An introduction to DBT for Therapists

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a simple and yet powerful therapeutic tool to help individuals learn how to manage themselves more effectively in everyday life situations and personal relationships, through a clearer understanding and acceptance of mind and emotion.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £122.00

  7. Introduction to therapeutic writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Poetry therapy is the intentional use of poetry and other forms of literature for healing and personal growth. Learn how to introduce therapeutic writing into your work, to help people improve their health and wellbeing.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £90.00

  8. Setting up a private counselling practice

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Wondering if this is the way forward? Explore the practical, emotional, financial, legal and ethical aspects of private practice and increase your knowledge and confidence. This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

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