About Persona Development & Training

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Persona was founded in 1995 as a not-for-profit organisation with the specific purpose of providing personal and professional development opportunities focused on inter-personal relationships and counselling founded on the principles of the Person-Centred approach.

Professional Development

In 1996 Persona established a Diploma Programme in Counselling. The programme gained Course Accreditation with the British Association in 2000.  In 2007 the programme gained academic validation with the University of Stirling as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy. The professional training offered by Persona has been steadily developing ever since.

Persona now offer: Certificate Training in Counselling Skills, Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited by BACP, and an MSc in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy. The MSC offer three third year specialisms, Working in Health Care, Working with Children and Young People and Working with Couples. The PGDip and MSc are validated by the University of Aberdeen.

Personal Development

Persona offers a range of residential and non-residential programmes designed and facilitated to support the development of personal awareness and insight, clear communication and the development of healthy relationships in our personal lives and in the workplace.  The programmes are applicable to our personal and working lives, although some have a particular focus which are more relevant to one sphere.

Organisational Development

Persona offers a range of programmes designed specifically for the workplace. Our approach integrates the insights and expertise gained from an in-depth understanding of the psychology of individual and organisational development with current business development practices in the development of these bespoke programmes. Over the years, we have provided a range of different programmes; long-term training programme in applied counselling skills, intensive workshops, one-to-one coaching, team-development events, and mediation/mentoring programmes.

Persona Staff Team

The Persona team comprise a senior management team, a training team, and an administration team. The senior management team all have a business background and are experienced therapists, trainers, facilitators and clinical supervisors. The training team all experienced counsellors and psychotherapists as well as trainers and facilitators.

Persona is an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by the professional quality and ethical standards of the organisation.

Persona’s mission is to

  • Offer high quality personal and professional development programmes which provide a learning environment founded on person-centred principles
  • Offer professional training and development programmes which affirm individuals  as learners and provide them with a sound theoretical and clinical framework on which to base a professional and ethical practice.
  • Promote excellence in clinical competence through the provision of managed placement opportunities for students, interns and practitioners
  • Support the ongoing development of the counselling profession by providing counselling, training, facilitation and research opportunities for students and practitioners.
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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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