Persona Centre of excellence for the Person-Centred Approach

About Persona

Persona offers a range of residential and non-residential personal and professional development workshops which are designed to provide participants with a learning environment which encourages and facilitates the development of personal awareness and insight, professional competence, interpersonal communication and an understanding of healthy relationships.

What Persona Development & Training can offer


Persona has been providing personal and professional development programmes founded on the philosophy of the Person-Centred Approach for more than 20 years. Our programmes are designed to support the growth and development of personal and professional potential at an individual, team and organisational level.

The central values of the Person-Centred approach are a major influence in the design, structure of the programmes we provide as well as how they are delivered and managed. Our trainers and facilitators are committed to fulfilling their roles in ways that embody a Person-Centred philosophy, principally a trust in each person’s ability to find a way to direct his/her own development, based on a belief in the actualising tendency; the tendency of the individual to grow and develop to their full potential.

Persona specialises in providing training in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy and Psychological Wellbeing offering courses at Post-Graduate Diploma and MSc levels. These programmes are accredited by BACP and academically validated by the University of Aberdeen.

Persona also provides training at certificate level: a Certificate in Counselling Skills for individuals and bespoke programmes in Applied Counselling Skills for organisations. These programmes focus on the development of intra-personal and inter-personal skills applied to different organisational settings, such as education, healthcare, social work, social care or HR.

The Persona Staff Team are all experienced counsellors and psychotherapists and trainers. As facilitators, the team are committed to facilitating the process of each programme by communicating acceptance, empathic understanding and congruence and through these core attitudes provide the learning environment and structure of the course.


Certificate in Supervision 2019

The course is delivered over five months beginning in February and finishing at the end of June 2019. The programme consists of six modules; modules one through to five are non-residential, module six is a residential weekend. The non-residential days are held at the TCS Centre in Coatbridge, the residential weekend is held at the Conforti Institute in Coatbridge.

  • Module One: Saturday Feb 23rd, Sunday Feb 24th

The nature and purpose of Supervision, different models of Supervision

  • Module Two: Saturday March 23rd, Sunday March 24th

The Supervisory Relationship: dynamics and processes

  • Module Three: April - dates to be agreed with participants

Collaborative Practice: individual and group supervision

  • Module Four: Saturday May 4th, Sunday May 5th 

Supervision in different contexts and settings, ethical responsibility and professional accountability

  • Module Five: Saturday June 1st, Sunday June 2nd

Differences and commonalities in approaches to supervision: Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, CBT and Creative Approaches

  • Module Six: Saturday June 29th, Sunday June 30th

Reflective Practice and Assessment of Competence

For more details please see our information sheet and application form

Closing date for applications is January 31st, 2019

Course Fees: £ 1600,00.

Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills 2019

The Foundation in Counselling Skills Certificate is intended for people providing supportive or helping relationships either as part of their job, or in their personal life.  The course is delivered over four modules and is designed to suit people who have week day commitments. Each module consists of five Thursday evenings from 6.00pm – 9.00pm plus one Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm. The programme uses a range of learning activities to support different learning styles; tutor presentations, workshops, group discussions, skills practice and small group discussions.

The full certificate programme is designed as a foundation course for entry onto the

Persona Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited, academically validated by the University of Aberdeen)

Module           Theme                                                                                                                    Dates

Module 1        Establishing a helping relationship: The Gentle Art of Listening   Feb 7th – March 7th

Module 2        Building trust and engagement: Transition and Change                  March 14th – April 11th

Module 3        Deepening exploration: Empowerment                                                  April 25th – May 23rd

Module 4        Integration: The Reflective Practitioner                                                May 30th – June 27th

A deposit of £80 is required on acceptance of a place on the course, thereafter each module costs £200.00

To download course dates please click here  To download application form please click here

Closing date for applications is January 25th 2019


Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy 2019-2021  - course programme dates and costs will be available in Spring 2019
MSC 3rd Yr Conversion in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy 2019-2020  - course programme dates and costs will be available in Summer 2019
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“Being a student on the Persona PG Counselling Diploma was the best and most important decision I have ever made. It has been life changing. The group process and emphasis on self- development was instrumental in my journey of self-discovery.”

Christine 2014-2016

“Being on the programme opened up new insights into who I was - an awareness to change certain things and an acceptance of those things in me that I could truly cherish. This wouldn't have been possible without my peers and tutors. A great learning experience indeed! “  

Sarah 2014 – 2016

'Persona offers a substantive and truly immersive training in counselling; I have found that my experience and learning from being on the course has given me a solid and proper foundation on which to build my counselling career.'

Kenny 2005-2007


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