Introduction to Counselling

Ref: C2421040

The course will cover the psychological, theoretical and historical contexts of the three main approaches to counselling practice - the psycho-dynamic approach, the person-centered approach and cognitive behavior therapy. The focus of counselling practice, the self-growth and development of the client, will be studied in the context of what developmental psychology has to tell us. The counselling ethical code of practice shall be a major element studied as will be the student's personal growth and development. Finally, counselling skills will be shown to be a worthwhile set of transferable attributes which work across a wide variety of professions and jobs in social care and education as well as in Human Resource departments and allied managerial positions.

Additional information about this course

This course is free to adults that receive a benefit. For more information, or to book a place on this course please contact Jackie Warren on 01992 854076 or Dave Brown (course tutor) on 07484 247828

Course aim

This course is intended to inform the learner about counselling skills and theory for both personal and professional development.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Have some understanding of basic counselling concepts and be able to write about them in my own words
  • Name some of the central figures in the development of counselling theory and practice and gain some understanding of their theories
  • Gain some understanding of how the structure of the mind is seen historically
  • Discuss and write about the ethical perspective in counselling
  • Have some understanding of the concepts of emotional literacy and health and be able to write about them in my own words

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need to create a portfolio for your week so will need a folder. Pen and paper to make notes on please.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Introduction to Counselling

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This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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