The next round of training is planned to start Fall 2017.

To start at any time: you can get a head start on your Program and prepare via doing readings, listening to recordings of past Core Courses, and starting your 1-to-1 practica (sessions with a Lifespace Trainer, and possibly being a client for advanced Lifespace students).

The best time to start the Core Courses is at the beginning of a 2-year cycle with the Foundation Skills Course, 901.

The Core Courses can be joined later than with 901, depending on your background. However, if you have not taken 901, then you will usually need to take it via listening to recordings of the classes and having some foundational sessions with a Lifespace Trainer, as a prerequisite to taking other courses. Each course is grounded in the Foundation Skills with the addition of different transformational tools.


  1. Before you begin the Core Courses: you are requested to begin your individual practicum requirements with at least one private consultation with Barbara Forest to personally & deeply experience the transformational processes, to decide re the Program being a fit for you, and to get a head start with the processes taught. This is part of your application procedure.
  2. Depending on how much time you have before your first Core Course starts, you can prepare and get a head start by doing readings, listening to recordings of past Core Courses, and starting your 1-to-1 practica (sessions with a Lifespace Trainer, and possibly being a client for advanced Lifespace students).



1. Types of Students:

Our counsellor training program is geared toward people who are interested in learning skills for professional development in Counselling and Human Relations.

Students come from a wide variety of professional, academic, ethnic and economic backgrounds, yet are united by the sincere desire to help others and make a positive difference in their own lives. Some will have already been counsellors for many years, while others will have been helping others in more informal contexts. Everyone entering the program already has some experience in the field of counselling and human relations and wishes to upgrade or obtain more skills.

Research shows that a therapist’s warmth, genuineness, non-judgmental caring, and empathic listening are essential for working with people successfully. These are also the qualities, in addition to pertinent life experience, that we are looking for in our potential students.

Lifespace accommodates 2 streams of students.

Because university degrees are not correlated with being an effective counsellor, the first stream only requires applicants to be mature students with a High School Diploma or equivalent, plus relevant experience afterwards.

Second stream applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Applicants need to have the intellectual ability to handle a graduate level program. (The Core Courses have been given as part of a Master’s Degree university program.)

Note, though, that the focus is on hands-on practical skills attainment (unlike most university programs). Applicants also need to have the maturity, experience, and personal qualities relevant for training in counselling skills. Students in the Program are on their own healing journey. However, they also need to be at a level of stability in their personal development that they are ready to also facilitate others.

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2. Application Steps:

(1) Filling out and emailing us the Online Application Form, and then discussing your background and goals with Barbara Forest. (Click on Online Application Form.)

(2) Having at least one 1-to-1 counselling session/tutorial in the foundation skills, with Barbara, to personally experience the transformational processes, and to mutually decide if the Program is a fit for you (counts toward your practicum requirements). Fee is at the student rate.

(3) Writing a Letter of Intent detailing background, goals, and aspirations.

(4) Submitting 1-2 Letters of Reference speaking to personal qualities, experience, and aptitude for a program of Counselling and Human Relations Skills Training.

(5) Taking the free Introductory Seminar and Program Orientation (when next held). This course gives you an understanding of the key principles, methods, and underlying philosophy of the Program. (Click on Orientation.) Note: (2)-(5) can be in any order.

(6) Once you are accepted into the Program, you give a non-refundable deposit to hold your place, work out with Barbara the extent of the advance preparation that you would like to do, and obtain the necessary materials, such as, Training Manuals, reading lists, class recordings, etc.

(Click on Fees & Certificates for costs.)

Location: In Toronto west end High Park area. Email us at to contact the Director and Core Instructor, Barbara Forest, to explore if the Program is a fit for you.

Options: you can

  • ask your questions via email
  • have a phone discussion
  • follow up with a meeting in person
  • have counselling session(s) to personally experience the transformational processes