Tinnitus Adviser Training Course

A key objective of the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is to, ‘Encourage and promote the provision of sufficiently trained people for the management/treatment of those with tinnitus.’ The internationally recognised Tinnitus Adviser Training allows us to achieve this by offering a counselling-based model of support for use in a range of settings with tinnitus patients/clients.
Delivered by an experienced team and led by a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Registered Psychotherapist, the course aims to build on existing experiences to enable participants to become better equipped to help and support people with tinnitus.

The Tinnitus Adviser Training offered by the BTA is the only course of its type in the UK and is open to people from all sectors of the tinnitus community.

The Aims of the adviser training is

  • to raise participants’ awareness and increase their understanding of the use of counselling skills and the counselling process, with a focus on the process of adjustment to living with tinnitus
  • to provide an opportunity to practise counselling skills
  • to evaluate personal strengths, concerns and issues when working with tinnitus patients/clients
  • to increase participants’ understanding of the medical background to the condition of tinnitus, and introduce them to some of the practical management aids available at present

The training consists of input on basic counselling and listening skills coupled with how to respond appropriately to the many enquiries that are received.

There is also input on tinnitus as a medical condition and the audiological services available, so that you have knowledge to share with the people you support.

Who should attend
We welcome professionals such as hearing therapists, audiologists, hearing aid dispensers, support group facilitators etc. as well as those working in a social work, voluntary or community setting.

The training team
Trainer: Natalia Pliakou Lecturer, Chartered Counselling Psychologist, HCPC registered, BPS Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor, practitioner in NHS
Course organiser: Marcus Bowen BTA Events Manager
Each course will also have input from practising audiologists, ENT consultants and researchers.

Medical session

This session is run by two experienced tinnitus professionals drawn from a bank of clinicians and research scientists. The aim is to allow course delegates to ask any questions they may have about any aspect of tinnitus or hyperacusis, and by using two professionals, we aim to demonstrate the differences of opinion that sometimes exist in this complex field.

Audiological services talk

This session will be split into three parts:

  • Part one - the tinnitus patient and audiological services
  • Part two - the treatment/management options
  • Part three - relaxation taster session

Participant feedback

Comments from previous attendees on the course include:

“The course had a very clear structure with a key aspect on counselling which was vital in understanding how to support individuals.”

“Delivered in a very thorough way but in a way that was easy to take in. I was engrossed in all the information and feel more confident within my role now.”

“Great insight into CBT and Counselling, sharing information between participants was really useful.”

“Very informative course with a good mixture of teaching and group work/role play. It was very nice to meet people working in all sorts of places with the shared goal of learning more about tinnitus.”



The cost covers:
• Course materials and handouts
• Certificate 
• 'Ask me about tinnitus' pin badge
• Refreshments and lunch on both days

If you would like to book, please complete the online form and return to Marcus by email - [email protected] to secure your place.

If you have any queries, please contact us on 0114 250 9933 or email [email protected]

Due to the nature of the course, places are limited to 18 participants.

Booking Conditions

Courses must be paid for in full 10 working days before the start of the course. If a place is reserved by email or telephone, we will hold it upon receipt of a booking form. Places can be held whilst payment is arranged but priority will be given to enquiries where payment is confirmed and in place.

No places are confirmed until a payment has been received.

In the event of a cancellation, wherever possible, we will transfer to the next available course less any monies lost in payment to venues for your place. If cancellation requires a refund then a full refund will be available if we are able to fill the unallocated place; in the unlikely event of the place not being filled we will refund the full amount less any monies lost in payment to venues, administration and materials. In the event of a cancellation less than 48 hours before a course, or a no-show for a course there are no options for refund or transfer to an alternate date.

Payments by Invoice

To pay by invoice please contact [email protected] or tel 0114 2509933. All courses must be paid for within 30 days or 10 working days prior to the event, whichever is sooner. Places not paid for within this time frame may be released as each event generally has a waiting list of people wishing to attend.