Introduction to Counselling skills
This course is aimed at anyone who want to gain a basic understanding of counselling. You will discover what makes a good listener, understand and respond appropriately to body language and learn how to become a listening helper in the community. The course will help you understand the difference between counselling skills and becoming a counsellor. This is an introductory course and is not accredited.
A short introductory course which is aimed at whetting people's appetites to learn about basic counselling skills. Practice how to become a listening helper within the Community. This course is aimed as a stepping stone course prior to attending an accredited course at a local college.
Who is the course for?
This course is aimed at anyone who want to gain a basic understanding of counselling.
What topics will this course cover
An introduction to counselling skills Understanding the difference between counselling skills and becoming a counsellor Key skills you need Your journey as a helper Understanding yourself through personal development What motivates you? Developing self awareness The value of listening - What makes a good listener Understanding body language and how to respond to it appropriately
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
Understand the difference between using counselling skills and being a counsellor Identify the key skills you need when using counselling skills Identify what makes a good listener Understand and respond appropriately to body language Respond to unplanned or unexpected conversations
How will I know I'm making progress?
Assessment is carried out throughout each session by observation, Q & A, exercises as well as verbal assessment. Where appropriate peer assessment will be used within the group. Students will have their individual student journey document which they will record on a weekly basis. Verbal feedback will also take place on a sessional basis with individuals followed up by written feedback on the course review form at the end of the course.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Reading and information sources
What could the course lead to?
To progress onto a college accredited course.