An Introduction to Counselling and Mentoring Skills

Ref: C3742636

The course will define the role of a mentor and counsellor and provide guidelines to managing these relationships. It will address the necessary ground rules and boundaries for the partnership. The course will also enable participants to recognise different styles of mentoring and counselling as well as the values. It will also discuss common pitfalls within these relationships and how to avoid them. Finally participants will learn key skills of mentoring and counselling including active listening & questioning techniques. Students will be able to evaluate the mentoring and consider appropriate exit strategies when the partnership ends.

Additional information about this course

In partnership with East Surrey College

Course aim

This course will provide skills and knowledge to individuals thinking about working in counselling and mentoring roles, either paid or voluntary.

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:

  • Explain the difference between the role of a counsellor and mentor
  • Set at least 4 ground rules for the relationship
  • Identify your preferred style of mentoring and counselling
  • Recognise common pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Use active listening skills

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

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

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

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An Introduction to Counselling and Mentoring Skills


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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