The Introduction to Counselling Skills is a three day standalone course to introduce the basics of counselling skills.

Tutors: Fiona Cook and Fiona Firman

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Whilst it is a pre-requisite for those entering the Foundation Year programme, it is open to all and recommended for anyone considering counselling and psychotherapy training. The primary aim of the course is for participants to understand the theoretical base for core counselling skills through experiential learning and to be able to relate these concepts to Transactional Analysis practice. The course is offered by Physis Scotland as a stand alone course and/or as a component part of training that meets COSCA’s requirement for counselling skills training as a pre-requisite to entering the Physis Scotland COSCA Diploma course.

On completion of the three day course participants will:

  • understand the core concepts that underpin counselling skills
  • be able to apply skills in practice within a developmental framework
  • relate skills to the practice of TA

have practiced and developed skills in:

  • active listening
  • responding reflectively
  • summarising
  • open and closed questioning
  • appropriate self disclosure
  • immediacy
  • responding to blocks to contact
  • recognising boundaries
  • confrontation and challenge
  • empathy
  • working with resistance

Tutor Biographies

Fiona Cook is a Certified Transactional Analyst and UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and has a small private practice in Edinburgh.

She has a background in the NHS as a Registered Nurse Teacher and Facilitator and also owns a successful freelance practice development consultancy business, (smallchangeBIGDIFFERENCE), using TA, working with healthcare agencies across the UK and more recently in Australia in this capacity.

She is passionate about TA and having a TA presence in Scotland, and uses her knowledge and experience in all aspects of her work with clients as a facilitator of personal change, transformation and enhanced autonomy.

Fiona works with Fiona Firman to organise TA101 workshops, and coordinates the recruitment process for new Foundation Year Trainees. Together they organise delivery of the Foundation Year programme and act as the contact points for all new enquiries about training.

Fiona was a founder member of the STAA.

Fiona Firman, BA (Hons), PG Dip (TA Counselling), MSc (Psych), CTA (P), PTSTA is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer based in Edinburgh, where she runs a private practice. Fiona is currently the Training and Development Lead at Physis Scotland in Edinburgh.

Fiona has extensive experience in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse within the voluntary and statutory sectors, as well as in private practice.

Fiona has a special interest in working with clients who present with a Borderline process, and/or have a formal diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.

For more information about Fiona, please see www.chrysalliscounselling.co.uk

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Physis Scotland

Coming Up

February 2, 2022 6:00 pm
TA Taster Session – Online
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February 5, 2022 10:00 am
‘The Silent Scream’ – Working With Clients Who Self-harm
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February 12, 2022 10:00 am
TA 101 – Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Register by: 5 February 2022
March 23, 2022 10:00 am
Introduction to Counselling Skills
Register by: 16 March 2022
March 26, 2022 10:00 am
Certificate in Working With and Facilitating Groups – Online
Register by: 12 March 2022
March 26, 2022 10:00 am
Sounds in Silence – Online
Register by: 19 March 2022
April 2, 2022 10:00 am
Certificate in Couples Work – Online
Register by: 18 March 2022
April 30, 2022 10:00 am
The Art of The Therapeutic Storyteller
Register by: 23 April 2022
July 2, 2022 10:00 am
Parental Bereavement – Online
Register by: 25 June 2022
July 17, 2022 10:00 am
Setting up in Private Practice – Online
Register by: 10 July 2022
September 23, 2022 9:30 am
Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis (TA) 2022-2023
Register by: 26 August 2022
September 30, 2022 10:00 am
Exam Preparation Group – Online
Register by: 16 September 2022
October 1, 2022 9:30 am
Diploma in Counselling Supervision 2022-23
Register by: 20 September 2022

Previous Courses and Events

December 11, 2021 10:00 am
TA 101 Online – Introduction to Transactional Analysis
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November 6, 2021 10:00 am
Working with the Male Psyche – Online Last Place Left
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October 16, 2021 10:00 am
Opening the Conversation Therapeutic Wills – Online Workshop Postponed
October 8, 2021 10:00 am
Exam Preparation Group – Online Full
Registration closed
September 25, 2021 9:30 am
Diploma in Counselling Supervision 2021-2022
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September 4, 2021 10:00 am
TA 101 Online – Introduction to Transactional Analysis Sold Out
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August 14, 2021 10:00 am
TA 101 Online – Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Registration closed
July 24, 2021 10:00 am
TA 101 Online – Introduction to Transactional Analysis Sold Out
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