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Introduction to Counselling Skills

This course is for anyone who works or is interested in working with other people in the statutory or voluntary sector. It will also be of benefit to any professional who wishes to enhance her/his communication skills and/or develop sound basic counselling skills. On this course a large element of the work is based on experiential learning and observation and it involves commitment to personal development; this course is often life changing and enhancing.

Lasts 12 weeks   Costs £410.00   Date: Please contact

Is this Course for you?

This course is for anyone who works or is interested in working with other people in the statutory or voluntary sector. It will also be of benefit to any professional who wishes to enhance her/his communication skills and/or develop sound basic counselling skills.

The course will enable you to gain an understanding of the different approaches to counselling and our students also explore their personal values and beliefs. You will learn to understand yourself and others better and how your attitudes impact on your personal and professional relationships.

The course teaches practical counselling skills, considers various approaches to counselling - particularly client-centred philosophy; and will be of great benefit to those who wish to improve their relationships with others.

Entry Requirements

  • You need to have Level 2 oral and written English communication skills, or be willing to work toward gaining such skills.
  • Be willing to discuss some of your thoughts and feelings with other students and your tutors.
  • Be willing to give and receive feedback from your peers.
  • Have commitment to exploring your relationships with others and how your values, attitudes and beliefs impact on these relationships.
  • Be committed to your learning.
  • Attend a group interview and assessment process with an Introduction to Counselling tutor.

Objectives of the Course

The course covers:

  • Developing a basic theoretical understanding of the three main approaches to counselling.
  • Basic counselling skills development; identification, practice and the effective application of these skills.
  • Enhancing personal growth and understanding.
  • Developing a better understanding of others.
  • An introduction to working effectively transculturally and with diversity.

Course Description

On this course a large element of the work is based on experiential learning and observation and it involves commitment to personal development; this course is often life changing and enhancing.

The course covers:

  • Developing a basic theoretical understanding of the three main approaches to counselling.
  • Basic counselling skills development; identification, practice and the effective application of these skills.
  • Enhancing personal growth and understanding.
  • Developing a better understanding of others.
  • An introduction to working effectively transculturally and with diversity.

Course Content

There are 7 Units to the course, which are:

  • Working Safely
  • Relating as a Helper
  • Seeing the Helpee’s Perspective
  • Focusing on the Helpee’s Agenda
  • Using Self-awareness
  • Using & Understanding Skills
  • Reviewing and Reflecting

How is the Course assessed?

Assessment is continuous and based on a portfolio of evidence which you build throughout the duration of the course. There is also a short external assessment in which you observe a counselling session and answer a number of questions about what you have observed.

Qualification/Awarding Body

The CPCAB: The Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.

What is the time commitment?

There are three opportunities to join the course during the academic year and you will engage in 30 hours of study time during the course; you will also need to study at home for approximately 3 hours a week.

The course starts in September, January and April and runs for 12 weeks (1 Academic Term).

When is the next Course

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How much does the Course cost?

The Course costs 410.00.

(£345.00 + Enrolment Fee of £65.00) Payable by a deposit of £210 followed by 2 payments of £100.

There are no concessions on counselling courses.

What are the progression opportunities?

On successful completion of this course and with tutor recommendation you will be able to join the Certificate in Counselling Studies.

All counselling qualifications enhance your employability in those professions which require employees to have basic counselling or pastoral care skills, such as: Care Work, Child Care, Nursing, Teaching, Mentoring, Youth and Guidance Work, Advocacy and Befriending.

Please send all completed forms (together with payment where appropriate) to:

Chris Brown MA MBACP (Accred)
LC&CTA
Broadway House,
15-16 Deptford Broadway,
London SE8 4PA

If you have any queries, please call or email and will be pleased to help.

Course Application and Enrolment

Please complete a Course Application Form and post it to the above address.

Course Application Form

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Initial Assessment Sheet (Higher Professional Diploma applicants only)

HPD Assessment Form

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Upon receipt of your application you will be invited to an Initial Assessment Interview. This interview will take place with one of our knowledgeable Tutors in order to ensure that the course you wish to join suits your aims and needs. It is also important for you to be fully aware of the level of commitment required to successfully complete your studies. You will also have the opportunity to ask detailed questions and the chance to explore the learning environment, facilities, resources and support we offer our students.

Payment of fees

Course enrolment and fee payment directly follows the initial assessment interview. When we issue your interview invitation, we will provide you with the detailed enrolment and fee payment instructions for the course in question.

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