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 $230 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 continue 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, such as, Training Manuals, reading lists, class recordings, etc.
  3. Your set of Training Manuals costs $50.
  4. When you register, you also give a post-dated cheque for your first Core Course (minus the $230 non-refundable deposit) and for your first Group Consultation/Clinical Applications Course, post-dated for 2 weeks before the Core Course starts.

    If, for example, you are starting with 901, then the tuition fees would be $1380-230 = $1150 for the Core Course, and $450 for the Group Consultation/Clinical Applications Course, for a total of $1600. (See charts below for breakdowns of the tuition fees.)

  5. If you listen to the recordings of a Core Course in advance of starting that course, you still pay the tuition fee for that course (minus the deposit) as soon as you obtain the recording. Once you attend that same course live, however, you attend it for free.
  6. Post-dated cheques for 2 weeks before the start of each successive Core Course (and its accompanying Group Consultation/Clinical Applications Course) are due on the last day of each previous Core Course.
  7. Private Consultations are paid for as they are received.

Refund policy: The non-refundable $230 deposit to register for the Program (and begin any advance preparation, including having sessions at the reduced student rate) is non-refundable. A refund of the remainder of the course fees will be given to participants who cancel two weeks before a course start date. Cancellations by you less than two weeks before the class start-date are non-refundable. 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 returned to you.

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.

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While a minimum number of hours are required for the 1-to-1 Practica and the Immersion Course to obtain your Certificates, these requirements can be completed in a third year of study, if desired.

Core Course Certificates of Counselling Skills Acquisition are available on a course-by-course basis.

Training Hour Requirements for Core Course Certificates of Counselling Skills Acquisition:

There are 2 Core Courses per year (of different lengths), totaling 15 days per year. Each Core Course Certificate requires the completion of a minimum number of Individual and Group Practicum hours. Each Certificate also requires the demonstration of the specific counselling skills studied (via recordings of you as a counsellor).

Training Hours: Totals for the 2 Years—Minimum Core Course Certificate Requirements (for Certificates of Skills Acquisition)

Course/Practicum Title Instructional Hours Practicum Hours (minimums)
Core Courses (30 Saturdays or Sundays, over 2 years, Oct.-June, 1-2X per month) 210  
Counselling Skills Practicum (as counsellor)   60-90
Counselling Skills Practicum (as client)   60-90
Group Consultation Practicum (monthly for 12 months per year, combined with Clinical Applications)   45
Clinical Applications Course (monthly for 12 months per year, combined with Group Consultation) 45  
Immersion Course (ongoing, scheduled individually) 52 52
Individual Consultation Practicum with Lifespace Trainer   30
Total Hours for Courses 307  
Total Practicum Hours   247-307

  Fees for Core Course Certificates of Counselling Skills Acquisition: Here is a breakdown of the total tuition fees for the 2-year Program:

Summary of Tuition Fees (for completing Core Course Certificates)–HST exempt

Course/Practicum Title Tuition for 1 Year Total Tuition for 2 Years
Core Courses 3450 6900
Immersion Course included included
Group Consultation/Clinical Applications 1350 (450 in Oct.; 900 in Feb.) 2700
Course Total 4800 9600
Individual Consultation 2160 4320
Grand Total 6,960 13,920

Note that each Certificate involves a fee for private consultations with Barbara Forest at her Lifespace student rate of $144 per hour. (Her usual fee is $180 per hour.) These are full 60-minute hours. Total consultations are a minimum of 30 hours of private consultations with BF over a 2-year program of taking all the courses (15 hours of in-depth personal sessions—1-to-1 tutorials in the skills—and 15 hours of consultations on the recordings of you as a counsellor). The total tuition fee for these 30 private hours is $2160 per year for 2 years.

These tuition fees cover the hours of training and the practicum hours that are usually sufficient to obtain the 4 Core Course Certificates. Students must demonstrate acquisition of the skills under study to receive each Certificate. Some students might desire or require more individual consultation hours.

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 most of the required private consultations. In addition, some students might have their own therapist, outside of the Lifespace program, and are supported in continuing, as desired.

Here is a course-by-course breakdown of the Core Course and Private Consultation fees:

Core Course Fees and Accompanying Private Consultations & Fees

Core Courses Private Consultations with Barbara Forest (minimums*)
      Counselling (1-to-1 tutorials in the process steps) Consultations (on recordings of your work as a counsellor)
# # Days Tuition # Hours Tuition # Hours Tuition
901 6 1380 3 432 3 432
923 9 2070 6 864 6 864
414 7 1610 3 432 0 0
934 8 1840 3 432 6 864
Totals: (for 2 yrs) 30 6900 15 2160 15 2160

*Consultation hours continue until skills have been shown.


For those wishing to demonstrate the integration of all the skills in the Core Courses and obtain the overall Certificate in Transformational Counselling, the following minimum additional practicum hours are required. There are also additional textbooks required for this Certificate.

There would be an additional $432 for the additional 3 hours of individual consultations with Barbara Forest on recordings of your counselling work.

Students also have the option of completing their practicum & immersion hours both for this Certificate and for their Core Course Certificates in a third year of study, as desired.  

Additional Hours for Certificate in Transformational Counselling (Minimum Requirements):

Course/Practicum Title Instructional Hours Practicum Hours (minimums)
Counselling Skills Practicum (practising integration of all skills)   10-15 (as counsellor) & 10-15 (as client)
Individual Consultation Practicum with Lifespace Trainer (presenting recordings of skills integration)    3 hours minimum*

*Consultation hours continue until skills have been shown. Advanced Students and Graduates also have the option of continuing on in an Advanced Group Consultation Practicum/Clinical Applications Course (meeting every 4-6 weeks) for ongoing support and leading edge learning.


Advanced Certificate in Transformational Counselling After you have completed your Certificate in Transformational Counselling, and are now working with clients outside of Lifespace, you can obtain an Advanced Certificate in Transformational Counselling in recognition of your further development as a therapist. This would require an additional minimum of 150 hours of work with outside clients over at least a year, while obtaining ongoing supervision/consultations.

Advanced Certificate in Transformational Counselling: Fees for Consultations:

Private Consultations with Barbara Forest (minimums*)
Counselling (personally experiencing the process steps)   Consultations (on recordings of your work as a counsellor)  
 # Hours Tuition # Hours Tuition
 9 1290 (no fee if done as an exchange with peers)  9 1290

  Certificate in Relationship Counselling This Certificate requires completion of the Certificate in Transformational Counselling as a prerequisite. You would also take Core Course 914 again at an advanced level.

You would first give relationship counselling to clients from Lifespace Students, and, when you have shown readiness in your consultations (on tape-recordings and live supervision of your work), you would advance to working with outside clients.

Fees for Private Consultations for Certificate in Relationship Counselling:

Private Consultations with Barbara Forest (minimums*)
Relationship Counselling (of you with someone with whom you are in a close relationship) Consultations (on recordings of your work as a relationship counsellor)
# Hours Tuition # Hours Tuition
4 576 (no fee if done with a Lifespace student relationship counsellor) 9 1296

*Consultation hours continue until skills have been shown.

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 with a training or mutual-help group that they are starting. Details to be worked out with Barbara.