Counselling Skills - a Taster

Ref: C2338179

There are many skills used in counselling, but we will only be touching on a few of these during this short taster course which will give an initial introduction to basic core skills. Everyone has natural skills that they may not have identified. This course will help you to deepen your knowledge of yourself and recognise your natural abilities. Throughout there will be opportunities for you to develop your awareness of yourself, of others and how you relate to people. The most important skill is to value ourselves if we are to assist others to feel valued, while developing our communication skills for building better working relationships.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the basic core skills associated with person centred counselling; evaluating how, when, where, what and who the skills can assist in everyday life and work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognise and value my own Natural Skills (strengths and abilities)
  • Demonstrate awareness of Active Listening Skills and how these can be used to help others
  • Recognise the importance of Non-Verbal communication
  • Develop Verbal and Non-Verbal communication Skills
  • Identify areas for self development

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Counselling Skills - a Taster

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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