Certificate in Brief Therapy

Aims of the Certificate Course

This module will help participants to become familiar with the way in which contemporary
counselling and psychotherapy is in the process of turning towards “Brief Therapy” as a
preferred mode for some areas of casework.

This course is intended for qualified practitioners (counsellors, psychotherapists) who are interested
in Brief therapy in a variety of contexts.

Course Dates
The course will be held on Fridays between 9.30 am and 3.00 pm for 6 Fridays over six months.

Start Date: Friday 27th April
Time: 9am to 3pm
Then continuing:
Dates: • 25th May  • 29th June  • 28th July  • 28th September • 26th October.
Time: 9.30 – 3.00pm:

Venue: ECS – St. Pauls Centre
Course Fees: £595.00


Do I need any knowledge, skills or qualifications?
You need to have completed a counsellor or psychotherapy training and be accredited
through UKCP, BPC, or BACP.

Will I gain any qualifications?
On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Foundation Certificate in Brief

How will I learn?
Through trainer input, relevant papers provided as photocopies, group discussion, mentoring and supervision.

What could this course lead to?
It will lead you to be a able to practice brief therapy at ECS.

• Gain CPD in brief therapy
• Establish yourself as a counsellor who has Brief therapy training
• Enable you to work for EAP organisations, Schools, Colleges and GP surgery counselling.

Download, print out and fill in the application form to bring to your first face to face meeting at ECS.

Term One

Where it all began. 10 lectures on Sigmund Freud – The Founder of Psychodynamic therapies.
A look at early childhood with issues of sexuality, rivalry and conflicts.
The Famous Oedipus Complex
‘Helping’ and how paradoxically, it can be unhelpful.
Our unconscious, our values, our prejudices which may influence how we respond to others.  All these issues will be explored.
Clients defences and how they show themselves in the counselling relationship
Are we who the client thinks we are? The concept of transference, and how important a tool it becomes in being of use to the counsellor.
Term Two

The ground breaking contributions of Melanie Klein.
The role of unconscious phantasy.
The death instinct and its implications.
New discoveries in the realm of defences.
The ‘Controversial discussions’ and how they shaped modern day counselling.
Envy, its role in the infant.
The Oedipus complex. A new understanding.
Term Three

The role of Mother and baby in detail.
DWW Winnicott. And his unique and influential work.
The role of theory and practice in Winnicott’s work.
The on going influence of Winnicott and object relations theorists to child care both in the family and institutions.
‘True and false self’ how we develop as human beings.
From pathology to health.

Seminars take place in the first part of the evening for an hour and a half. Students will be expected at times to take part in experiential exercises and to take turns to present a précis of a set piece of reading for a particular discussion.

Experiential group

During the second part of the evening students meet together with the experiential group conductor for an hour and a half. The purpose of the group is to explore what is of concern to individual members and the group as a whole in the here and now. It is part of the group’s task to identify these concerns and discover how to work with them with the help of the group conductor. This work provides a source of learning about oneself and about group dynamics.

The work of the group and the material revealed by individuals is confidential to the group. The experiential group leader may give an opinion about a student to the Course Tutor/Head of Training if it is felt that it would be helpful to do so but will not reveal personal material. As with seminars, regular attendance is very important and a requirement of the course. Students are asked to send a message to the group via the experiential group conductor if they are unavoidably absent.


The Certificate is not a license to practise privately.  ECS clients are not seen by students during this course. Counselling skills should be practised under supervision with an agency or organisation.

This course has helped me to understand my patients better and I will pursue more training to help them further with counselling skills.

Ruth J.

This introductory course has been a great eye-opener and it has given me the confidence to move forward with training to become a counsellor.

Peter B.

Since my introduction course I am now on the Certificate course and I will like to continue here at ECS to train on their Diploma course.

Kay L.