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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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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. Group facilitation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Feb 2021
    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  2. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) - Steven Hayes

    Acceptance and commitment therapy for healthcare professionals

    Course Date: Thu 18 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) has two major goals: acceptance of experience that is out of personal control and taking committed action towards living a valued life. Explore this mindfulness based approach through practice, theory and discussion in relation to personal and professional issues. This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Focusing: accessing your inner knowing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Focusing is a powerful process of inner knowing and transformation devised by Eugene Gendlin, a colleague of Carl Rogers. Explore how it can help access intuitive gut knowing. This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  4. The role of attachment in counselling

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Working therapeutically with masks

    Course Date: Mon 17 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. An introduction to DBT for Therapists

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £122.00

  7. Introduction to therapeutic writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £90.00

  8. Setting up a private counselling practice

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Jul 2021
    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 ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

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