Trafford College launches counselling courses to meet highest demand in country
New counselling courses have been launched by Trafford College to meet demand in one of the top ten affected boroughs in the country.
According to a parliamentary report on mental health, one person in 20* in Trafford has sought treatment for a mental health condition. In Bury, this is also one in 20, while in Oldham one in 14 people have been referred for psychological therapy.
The figure rises to one person in every 11 in Salford, which has the highest rate of referrals among any other area in England, with depression and anxiety the most common reason for seeking help.
Head of School for Health, Children and Care Professions at Trafford College Group, Louise Barnes, said, “Increasingly there are peak points throughout the year when we see a heightened awareness in the public domain of the need for services to address mental health issues ranging from mild anxiety to more serious presentations.”
Applications are now being accepted for the counselling courses at Trafford College, which cover the communication skills, therapeutic models and the ethical frameworks required to start a career in the field.
Lecturers expect courses to be popular following successful admissions at Trafford College’s sister site, Stockport College, which is also now accepting students onto its ABC Level 2 course, Counselling Concepts.
“Year on year applications at the Stockport campus we have seen steady increase in demand for counselling courses starting at Level 2.
“Due to the ever growing success and demand at the Stockport campus, we anticipate a healthy response for the counselling training courses that will be available in 2019 at the Altrincham site.”
For more information about the range of courses starting in the New Year at Trafford College, contact 0161 8867070 or visit www.trafford.ac.uk/apply.