A wide range of courses to help groups and individuals


Training and Education


Relate offers a range of training courses to help individuals and groups improve their communication skills and relationships at home and at work.

With more than 50 years' experience, Relate is one of the nation’s leading training providers in relationship and interpersonal skills. Our experiential and participative training methods ensure a challenging and supportive experience, which can influence your personal and working life.

 All Relate courses are taught by experienced counsellors/trainers, who are professionally trained and supervised by Relate. We aim to provide a safe, comfortable environment and hope that our sessions are fun and informative.        

The training courses in this portfolio can be delivered at The Relate Centre in Oxford or at your own venue.

In addition we offer a bespoke training service and can design courses to suit your own specific requirements.



 "An excellent course, well led with lots to think about..."


                         "Really engaging and thought provoking. I learnt a lot about myself..."


"The course met all people's needs even though we came from different working backgrounds and had different expectations..."






Coming soon:


LIFE AFTER THE BREAK                                        



Portfolio of Courses

Counselling Skills for Non Counsellors

A three-day course        

A knowledge of counselling skills can be extremely helpful in our daily lives – whether it is in knowing how to support friends in need, coping with difficult relationships in the family or for use professionally by those working in management, healthcare, human resources, education, or in one of the many welfare or voluntary occupations.

Run by a Relate trainer who is also an experienced and qualified counsellor, this course is designed to give participants the opportunity to learn the basic skills and to practise them in a safe environment.

Successful completion of the course leads to a certificate of Award in Counselling Skills for Non Counsellors issued by the Relate

"Wow! What a fantastic course, the training was excellent and I know the new skills we have learnt will be invaluable."


Further Application of Counselling Skills

A three-day course 

This course is specifically for those engaged in a supportive role professionally or personally and who may wish to progress and develop the skills and self-awareness attained from the Basic Counselling Skills Course.

Run by a Relate trainer who is also an experienced and qualified counsellor, this accredited course is designed to give participants the opportunity to further develop their counselling skills and practise them in a safe environment.

Successful completion of the course leads to a certificate of Award in Further Application of Counselling Skills issued by Relate. 


Dealing with Difficult People

A one-day workshop

Dealing with difficult people can affect us in many ways - our work, our relationships, our health and our ability to get what we want from life. But we can learn how to deal with challenging behaviour both assertively and sensitively. Recognising, understanding and responding effectively to the different types of behaviour can be invaluable, not only in our professional lives but also in our personal relationships. The result is satisfied customers, less stress, more confidence, a more skilled workforce and healthier relationships all round.  This workshop will allow you to -

 • Explore and understand different types of challenging behaviour

 • Develop a personal awareness and understanding of why you find certain behaviours challenging

 • Manage challenging behaviours assertively and sensitively

 "Supportive atmosphere and lots of practical examples..."     "Was good to explore different coping techniques during difficult conversations..."


Stress Management, Resilience and Wellbeing

A one-day workshop

 We all face daily challenges, whether in the workplace or at home, and the resulting stress can take its toll on our health, our relationships and our ability to get what we want from life. This workshop is designed to help you explore and identify your key pressure points, to increase resilience and equip you with some useful tools for coping more effectively with life’s demands. It will allow you to -

• Explore how to remain positive, focused and motivated whilst coping with challenging circumstances

 • Identify strategies and techniques to manage difficult pressures and emotions

 • Recognise stress indicators and support systems available

 • Identify practical steps to build resilience and create the ability to recover and bounce back from adversity/ hardships feeling stronger and more capable than before

 • Explore the connection between emotional wellbeing and resilience in order to allow us to flourish in all aspects of our lives. 

"This was a terrific course with a good blend of shared engagement, practical illustrations and activities. The pace was good, measured and unhurried, the scope of the content met my needs. Thank you so much..."


Stress Management for Line Managers

A one-day workshop

Line Managers play a pivotal role in the workplace, stress management and in the well-being of those who work for them. The course aims to: raise awareness and understanding of stress as an issue; equip managers with the skills and knowledge to meet their legal and HSE compliance responsibilities; enable managers to identify specific actions and behaviours required to prevent and tackle stress in their staff and thus to become more effective managers of people.

"It covered so many aspects of stress, some that I hadn’t thought about before..."


Assertiveness Skills

A one-day workshop

Assertiveness is the ability to express your needs and rights clearly in a non-confrontational way both respectfully and honestly. Behaving assertively can help us in many ways – in our work, our relationships, our health and our ability to get what we want from life. We can improve our relationships with work colleagues, clients, customers or personal contacts with positive, assertive communication skills. The workshop will help participants develop new skills and techniques so that they feel more confident and able to express their needs including

 • Being able to understand different types and patterns of behaviour

• Recognising and understanding the differences between aggressive, passive and assertive behaviour

 • Developing a personal awareness and understanding of your own style and behaviour

 • Expressing views clearly and respectfully

 • Increasing confidence

 • Developing ways to express views in an assertive manner

"Very good course. Relate courses (I have done 2 now) have been the best courses I have attended – felt I could relate to the trainer..."


Conflict Resolution

 A one-day workshop

It is inevitable that at some point during our lives we will encounter conflict; this is a fact of life. Conflict can emerge in all types of relationships such as personal or work, e.g. verbal disagreements and arguments. How we respond to it is important. Left unresolved it can lead to stress and, at times, serious problems. Learning to manage conflict through a positive and respectful approach will assist to enhance relationships and communication effectively. The workshop will help participants develop new skills and techniques by –

 • Identifying specific challenging behaviour/scenarios that are difficult to manage effectively.

• Exploring key aspects that make these situations challenging for them.

 • Recognising potentially difficult conflict situations prior to escalation.

• Developing and practicing specific skills and strategies for managing these challenging situations effectively.

• Evaluating own personal limitations and abilities to manage conflict.

 • Defining clear rules and procedures for mediating to resolve conflict. Understanding when it is appropriate to intervene is vital

 “Learn to be part of the solution not part of the problem”


Building Effective Relationships

A half-day or one-day workshop

For schools

Designed for the older students (Year 11 - 13) this workshop explores the different types of relationships they will encounter as they progress from school to university and into working life. As part of that transition they will need to consider the impact of building effective relationships e.g. personal, professional and social, in order to function successfully within their newly forming independent worlds. This is a practical and interactive workshop that looks at values, beliefs, assumptions, prejudices, hopes and fears.

For the workplace

Designed for working colleagues to explore the different types of approaches needed to forge and maintain positive working relationships.  The interactive and practical activities provided will allow participants the opportunity to explore how to create and support a harmonious and productive workplace that aligns with the required culture and ethos of a given organisation.

"Presenters were really friendly...it was nice to sit and talk about things" (Year 11 student)

 Life after the Break

 A six-week course for people coming to terms with the ending of a relationship

The end of a relationship or marriage can be a difficult and painful experience. It can leave people feeling confused, lonely and lacking in confidence. Feelings of betrayal, guilt or rejection are common. Anger, sadness and confusion are often intense. Moving forward can be hard when trust, self - confidence and self - esteem have been shaken.

In the six weekly sessions we look at how relationships work and why they sometimes go wrong. We consider ways of managing our own needs as well as those of family and friends, and of increasing the skills and confidence needed to build a new relationship in the future. Life after the Break gives an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, have a chance to share experiences in a confidential group and make new friends.


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