All tuition fees are income tax deductible and HST exempt, since Lifespace is certified with Human Resources & Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) as an Educational Institution.

To register for the Program:

  1. When accepted into the Program, you give a non-refundable deposit of $220 to register for the Program. This non-refundable deposit not only secures you a place in the courses, but it also enables you to actually start your Program with whatever advance preparation you would like to do, and to have sessions with Barbara Forest at her reduced student rate.
  2. You work out with Barbara the extent of the advance preparation that you would like to do, and obtain the necessary materials and reading lists.
  3. Your set of Training Manuals costs $50.
  4. Private Consultations are paid for as they are received.

TUITION FEES (as laid out under Current Program)

Tuition Fees for 1 Year (Program is a total of 2 years):

$3840 each year for Courses [12 full days with Barbara Forest + Co-Leader(s), and 12 half-day Group Practica with Co-Leader(s)].
Note that the Group Practicum is an integral part of each Course and is included in the Course tuition fee.
There is also one-time materials fee of $50.
Class size is small.

Courses are paid for as you go. Each costs $1920 [for 6 full days with Barbara Forest + Co-Leader(s), and 6 half-day Group Practica with Co-Leader(s)]. A non-refundable deposit of $220 is due 1 month ahead of each course start date. The remaining $1700 is due at the beginning of each 6-month course. No course refunds once a course has begun.
Students re-taking a Course to refresh and deepen their skills can do so for a discount of $720 off.

If you have need of a special payment plan or financial assistance, please discuss this with Barbara.

Lifespace reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule for insufficient enrollment or for other unanticipated reasons. In the case of cancellation by Lifespace, you will have the course fee and deposit returned to you.

Individual consultations and sessions are an additional tuition fee and are paid for as you have them.

Individual Tape Consultations with Barbara Forest:
These consist of bringing in tape-recordings of your counselling work with fellow students or clients, for feedback and to demonstrate your skills.
Required, if you wish to obtain Certificates of Counselling Skills Acquisition for the courses.
15 hours (ten 1.5h-sessions) minimum over the 2 years, or, the hours you need to show skills acquisition.
The cost for this per year would be: $144 X 7.5h = $1080 (5 sessions @ 1.5h = 7.5h)

Individual Personal Counselling Sessions (and 1-to-1 Tutorials in the Skills):
It is very beneficial to have a few private sessions with Barbara &/or with Co-Leader(s), &/or with other Lifespace Counsellors.
Barbara only does 1.5h sessions (so that a lot can be accomplished and to be efficient with her time).
Her rate for Lifespace students is $144/h (her regular fee is $180-200/h).

Co-Leader fees are set individually, and vary from $50/h, and can be for 1 hour.

If you had, per year, 5 personal sessions @ 1.5h with BF, this would be another $1080. These can be supplemented or replaced by sessions with Co-Leader(s), though I would recommend having at least some sessions with BF. (You will also have chances to work with her in class as a volunteer for a demo session.) Example with a Co-Leader charging $40/h: 5 one-hour sessions would be: $40 X 5h = $20.

You will also be practising each skill you learn with fellow students (in your monthly 4h Practicum with Co-Leader(s) and in Home Practice). A minimum of two 2-way Home Practice Sessions per month is recommended for ideal learning (2 sessions as the helper, and 2 as the helpee). This will keep your personal healing work ongoing.

Transcript: an Official Transcript acknowledging hours of training completed (both in class and in practica outside of class) is available upon request. There are no minimum requirements for receiving an Official Transcript. Be sure to keep an ongoing record of all your class and practicum hours and dates.

Below: a Lifespace student consults with Barbara for feedback on a tape-recorded session of him as a counsellor.

Trainee Tape Consultation with Barbara-3


There are 2 Certificates of Counselling Skills Acquisition:

  • Basic Counselling Skills (completion of requirements for year 1)
  • Advanced Counselling Skills (completion of requirements for year 2)

Each one involves completing the 12 monthly classes plus the 12 monthly group practica (or make-ups), plus a minimum number of hours in each of the individual practica. Students must demonstrate acquisition of the skills under study to receive each Certificate.

Click on Current Program for a summary of the Program, Schedule, and Tuition Fees.

Note: students have the option of choosing to work with an approved outside consultant who is versed in the processes under study, instead of with Barbara, for many of the private counselling sessions. In addition, some students might have their own therapist, outside of the Lifespace program, and are supported in continuing, as desired.

Trainer Certificates

Graduates and Advanced Students (who are working on completing their Certificates in Transformational Counselling) can work with Barbara and assist with the Core Courses to acquire Trainer Certificates. Or, they might wish Barbara to assist them with a training or mutual-help group that they are starting. Details to be worked out with Barbara.