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Training Opportunity Peterhead & Elgin - Certificate in Couple Counselling

AVENUE is the leading provider of Mediation, Counselling and Child Contact in the Northeast. We support children and families through times of change and transition.

We have an opportunity for experienced counsellors to train with us and join our Relationship Counselling Team. AVENUE will meet the training fees, provide placements and supervision.

The Certificate in Couple Counselling is delivered by Relationships Scotland, details below.

Requirements – Certificate in Couple Counselling

This course has been developed specifically for counsellors who already have a Diploma Level Qualification in Counselling, Psychosexual Therapy or equivalent Diploma Level training in a relevant therapy such as Art or Family Therapy and wish to add a specialist Couple Counselling qualification to their portfolio. A minimum of 100 hours supervised practice is integral to the award of any of the above diplomas.

Course Content

The course has three strands which combine to provide a rich and varied learning experience; course work, clinical practice and supervision.

Course Work

The course runs over 6 modules comprising of four weekends and four individual days spaced over a year. The course uses an integrative approach to couple work exploring attachment, object relations and systems theory in relation to adult couple relationships. It explores issues that affect couples, such as: infidelity, communication, intimacy, separation and sexual difficulties.

Course Dates for 2019/2020

Venue: Relationships Scotland's National Office in Edinburgh 
 Saturdays: 9.30am - 6pm 
 Sundays: 9.30am - 4pm 
Module 1 13 & 14 April 2019
Module 2 18 & 19 May 2019 
Module 3 (A)           22 June 2019
Module 3 (B) 5 October 2019 
Module 4 (A) 6 October 2019
Module 4 (B) 9 November 2019 
Module 5 (A) 30 November 2019
Module 5 (B) 1 February 2020
Module 6 7 & 8 March 2020

 - A COSCA-validated and Edinburgh Napier credit-rated course to qualify counsellors for work with individuals and couples.

- Integrative approach -Psychodynamic and Systemic traditions and incorporates theories of Adult Sexuality and Relationships.

Clinical Practice

Students on the course will be required to offer 100 hours counselling as part of the course requirement. 75 of those hours must be with the couple in the room. The other 25 hours can include individual clients as long as there is a relationship focus to the work. The clinical practice element must be completed within a year from the end of the course, e.g. for this cohort by the end of March 2021. The placements will be on a voluntary basis.


Course fees are subsidised; students will pay their own travel expenses.

Recruitment Process

We only accept fully completed applications, CVs will not be accepted.

Please contact for an Application Pack and return marked RECRUITMENT – CERTIFICATE IN CC in the subject line.

Closing date for applications: Friday 1 March 2019

AVENUE is a member of Relationships Scotland and is an equal opportunities employer