Training and resources

Training series to support a national movement to build evidence for student counselling

A vision of the SCORE consortium is to develop a national dataset of student counselling outcomes to explore and demonstrate effectiveness in the sector. We believe that this type of national effort is needed to inform conversations and decisions about counselling embedded in further and higher education.

We are offering a series of workshops to provide training and opportunities to share best practices for using measures in student counselling.

If you have a specific suggestion for a future workshop, contact Emma:

Joining instructions

Working with counselling service data: How to download data from CORE Net

The first virtual workshop was held on Friday 12 June (9.30am–3.00pm) and we covered how to use CORE Net to explore counselling service data, including data from clinical measures and demographic information. We also covered the concept of pseudonymisation and how to process data so that personal information is no longer attributed to individual clients. This is a technique that can be used to prepare service data to be analysed.

This workshop provided practical exercises and a friendly space to share good practice and learn tips from other service leads, practitioners, and our workshop facilitators.

Workshop details

This free workshop included

  • an introduction to the SCORE consortium and wider project

  • findings from analysing data from four student counselling services

  • exporting data from CORE Net

  • a practical exercise working on your service data

  • processing and pseudonymising dummy data

  • opportunities for one-to-one support via virtual breakout rooms

After the workshop there was an opportunity for delegates to contribute their pseudonymised service data to the SCORE dataset and join the national movement for building evidence for the sector. This was optional, and delegates were supported by the consortium to apply for ethics to permit data sharing.

Who was this workshop for?

Any service lead or practitioner working in a counselling service embedded in FE/HE who uses CORE Net to collect routine outcome measures every counselling session.

We encouraged everyone to attend and meet others working in this space – those who had experience exploring service data from CORE Net or those relatively new to this activity and wanted guidance.

To participate in this workshop, administration access to CORE Net and the reporting functions was required.

As the practical activities in this workshop required access to CORE Net, we only extended the invitation to practitioners who were currently using CORE Net in their institution’s counselling service.

Contact: Stella Nichols –